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As a foreign graduate, you must make yourself stick out at all costs. The goal is to get residency interviews.

Things I Hated about the Caribbean

[caption id="attachment_530" align="aligncenter" width="293"] I hated about the Caribbean[/caption]   There were many things I hated about the Caribbean. Some were unique to my situation and some were common to everyone.      The biggest thing I hated was that I was alone. After a couple weeks in the Caribbean with my 3 year old daughter and wife, I told them to head back to the US. There was nothing t ...

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What do you need to have to be eligible to match?

[caption id="attachment_511" align="aligncenter" width="200"] NRMP eligible to match[/caption]   I looked at the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) website and emailed ECFMG to make sure I was eligible to match. Here is what I found out:      You must have completed the examination requirements for ECFMG certification by the rank order list deadline to be included in the Match. To be able to par ...

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Funny Things during the Interview Season and in the Hospitals

Here are some funny things I have seen or heard during my clerkships and interview season : I always smirk when I hear, “Does she put out?” An applicant interviewing for a residency position at the dinner the night before an interview with several of the residents takes food off a resident's plate and eats it without asking permission. My only guess is that she thought such an action would show that she is ...

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Get ERAS ID number

[caption id="attachment_517" align="aligncenter" width="200"] ERAS ID Number[/caption]    On July 1, you need to get your ERAS ID Number. This is an important step on your way to become a resident. This is where you basically store all your residency application material and where you apply to residency programs so it is an important piece in the puzzle. 1. Go to www.aamc.org/eras 2. Sign up as a new u ...

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Best book to help get a residency

[caption id="attachment_519" align="aligncenter" width="254"] Best Book to Help Get A Residency[/caption] I found two best books out there that address getting a residency and I read both of them. My favorite choice is: The Successful Match : 200 Rules to Succeed in the Match by Katta & Desai I am a numbers guy and this book refers to lots of research and has lots of percentages. The advice is very conc ...

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Year 2 Summary

[caption id="attachment_232" align="aligncenter" width="460"] Education - Year 2 Summary[/caption]  My Year 2 Summary : I found Year 2 to be more educational and less stressful than year 1. I finally realized that I am as smart, if not smarter, than the other people in my class. I, also, finally came to grips that I could pass all my classes and understand the material and partially retain it.  Perhaps, I f ...

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Paperwork to get to the country

[caption id="attachment_92" align="alignright" width="220"] paperwork[/caption] The paperwork is extensive.    The hardest part is getting an apostillized birth certificate. I did not know what this meant at first. Being born in England, that meant I had to get an official birth certificate from England and get it apostillized. Fortunately there are companies in England who will do the whole thing for you. ...

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New Goals

[caption id="attachment_285" align="alignright" width="300"] Goals[/caption] Goals are meant to be revised especially if they are mine. Instead of getting a perfect score, I just want to be the first one done on an exam. I do not care if it is because I do not know any of the answers or if I found it easy. I just want to be done first. The hookers don't walk around outside that much anymore, at least not by ...

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Wipe Out

It was a hectic last couple of weeks. I got the flu last week. From Monday to Sunday I averaged about 20 hours of sleep a day. I wanted NyQuil but when my roommate went to the pharmacy, it turns out NyQuil is not a registered drug so they don't sell it on the island. I don't know what that means but it sucks. Another student had sugar free alcohol free robitusson. That wasn't much fun. Couldn't hear out of ...

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Goals

[caption id="attachment_314" align="alignright" width="227"] Set goals in life[/caption] It is important to set goals in life whether they be yearly, weekly, quarterly or in my case, by semester. I believe in goals that are achievable and often times of no significance. No foolish goals of losing XX number of pounds. I want to do these things but I see no need for setting goals for these things. For instanc ...

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