Residency and Beyond
Learn about the essentials of medical residency, and get inspired about all the possibilities where your path after medical school might lead you.
All About Residency
...and what happens after medical school
With the average student loan debt for a graduating medical student in the United States nearing a quarter of a million dollars, you may be asking yourself the (almost literally) million-dollar question: how do I deal with my debt after medical school?
Especially since COVID-19, more and more services in many areas of life have been going digital. Medicine is one of them, with med students studying from home, hospitals trying to minimize the number of potentially infected people coming in if not necessary, and patients themselves trying to isolate. The buzz word in this context is “telemedicine”: But what is it, and is it really the solution for everything?
Successful residency graduates often have their choice of jobs when they finish, but how do you navigate the challenge of deciding which one is right for you? This guide will tell you all about your career options in general internal medicine.
Growing up in school, I was always an excellent student. Well, almost always. Amidst the straight As and other top marks on my grade school report cards, there was always the perennial stain on my near-perfect record: from Kindergarten through eighth grade, I never received better than “needs improvement” in handwriting.
With the recent coronavirus pandemic, people are increasingly saying, “I don’t trust doctors anymore.” With conflicting viewpoints presented on all sides, charged conversations, the availability of high- and low-quality evidence at the click of a button, and the ability to rapidly spread information, both true and false, from one person to another, it might seem like trust in doctors is at an all-time low. But is it true that people trust their doctors less than they used to? What might be the reasons for this lack of trust, and how can we, as doctors, improve the trust our patients have in us?
Figuring out how to pay for medical school is daunting. The first time you look at the cost of school and see an alphabet soup of loan repayment options like PAYE, REPAYE, IBR, IDR, and PSLF, it’s enough to give anyone anxiety! Thankfully, there are plenty of options for aspiring doctors both to save during medical school and to pay back their loans as a physician.
What is residency like? For the average internal medicine resident on a ward rotation, it’s always a jam-packed day! In sharp contrast to medical school, you’ll be getting paid for the hours you’re working, but it probably means working quite a few more hours than you’re used to! Here’s what a typical day in the life of an internal medicine resident was like for me.
From taking the MCAT to preparing for the USMLE® and earning a place in your dream residency program, thousands of resources and tips and experiences are easy to find. But what happens after residency? Take the next step in your path to becoming a practicing physician.
Most of us spend a lot of time thinking about our decisions before and after we’ve made them. We constantly ask ourselves “What if?” and “What comes next?”, making sure that we don’t regret the next step we take. Going to medical school is no exception. Some people eventually realize it’s not for them. So, we ask ourselves, “What’s the next step?”
Your future medical residency choice(s) will be determined by a combination of a strong application and strategic choices. Figure out the important strategies that can play an important role in your future placement.
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Interview Series: Specialty Spotlight
We sat down with physicians working in different medical specialties to get insight into what it takes to be successful in that specialty, and how to make this big choice in your career.
So you’re thinking about becoming an emergency medicine physician? We sat down with Jill W., MD, MS, FCEP, FAAEM, DABT from Jacksonville, Florida to talk about what it’s like to work in this specialty. Learn about her experience and gain general insights on working in the ER.
So you’re thinking about becoming a dermatologist? We sat down with Jeremy G., MD from Georgia to talk about what it’s like to work in this specialty. Learn about his experience and gain general insights on working in dermatology.
So you’re thinking about becoming a psychiatrist? We sat down with Young J., MD, child and adolescent psychiatry fellow at the University of Florida, to talk about what it’s like to work in this specialty. Learn about his experience and gain general insights on working in psychiatry.
So you’re thinking about becoming an OBGYN? We sat down with Suzanne J., an MD from Cleveland, OH to talk about what it’s like to work in this specialty. Learn about her experience and gain general insights on working in obstetrics and gynecology.
So you’re thinking about becoming an internist? We sat down with Lindsay J., MD from Washington State to talk about what it’s like to work in this specialty. Learn about her experience and gain general insights on working in internal medicine.
Residency can last between 3 and 7 years, depending on the specialty.
While the exact number you apply for is highly individual, there are important strategic decisions that will influence your chances to match into your top choice residency program. From choosing the right specialty to preparing for your interview, use the resources out there to get useful tips how to find your best personal path.
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