Monday, January 31, 2011

I'm here to help you

Are you applying to residency programs? Maybe you feel like you're not getting the personal attention you want from your medical school dean, or you've already failed to match on your own and realize that you need more help this year? Perhaps you were trained abroad and now want to practice medicine in the United States, but the process of applying as a foreign graduate seems incredibly complicated? Or you're an osteopath who doesn't know how to present your training to an allopathic residency program? I'm here to help all of you.

In January 2001, I started supporting medical students at the University of California, San Francisco. It was a privilege to develop my advising skills and knowledge of the residency application process while ghostwriting the Medical Student Performance Evaluations ("dean's letters"), organizing workshops on personal statements and using ERAS, and helping to develop a new component of the medical school curriculum. After earning the respect of my colleagues and a major award from the students, I left UCSF in 2007, and since then I've been sharing my skills with people from all over the world.

It's been ten years since I started helping medical students. In that time, I've learned a great deal and have helped a number of people successfully write personal statements, edit Common Application Forms, solicit the right letters of recommendation, share documents with the ECFMG, prepare for interviews, and use the NRMP to match into great programs. Now, I want to help you answer the question, "How do I get into residency?" I plan to use this blog to explore a variety of topics, sharing some of what you need to know to improve your chances of matching.

Of course, this isn't just my passion, but it's also my career. I run - currently, my clients and advisees are medical students and graduates from all over the world (plus a handful of undergrads getting a head start on their futures who want to know "How do I get into medical school?"). I've helped people from all over the United States, as well as graduates from medical schools in locales including Mexico, South Korea, Iran, and throughout the Caribbean. This year my clients were trained in many of the same locations, plus Canada, India, Egypt, China, Armenia, and more! If you want a personal consultation at any time, please visit my website for more information; I look forward to hearing from you.