Residency

Tips for reviewing applications

Residency Program Insider, October 2, 2015

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Program directors and coordinators have no control who submits applications to the program, where the candidates rank the program, or the outcome of the Match. They do control which applicants they invite for interviews and how they position those applicants on their rank list. Making the most of what is under your control ensures that you recruit the best candidates and enhance the quality of the program.

Keep the following in mind when reviewing applications:
•    The personal statement is the only part of the application that is candidate-driven. How candidates express themselves will give you insight into their personality and their reasons for going into medicine, so do not skim over this document.
•    Identify characteristics you think physicians in your specialty should possess. Assess whether the applicant displays those same qualities.
•    Pay attention to who the letters of recommendation are from. There should be letters of recommendations from the department chair and faculty representing the clinical specialty to which the applicant is applying.

Source: The Residency Coordinator’s Handbook, Third Edition



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