Residency and Beyond

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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.

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All About Residency

...and what happens after medical school

The top 5 medical specialties with the best lifestyles

The Top 5 Medical Specialties with the Best Lifestyles

No matter what medical specialty you choose, being an excellent physician means putting your well-being and your patients’ well-being first. To do so, it is essential to select an area of medicine that makes your happiness a top priority. In this article, we will explore what factors contribute to making a great lifestyle and discuss the top 5 medical specialties with the best lifestyles.

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Osteopathic medicine

What is Osteopathic Medicine & What Does OMM Mean?

Osteopathic medicine is a pathway to becoming a licensed physician in the United States. Osteopathic medicine takes a more holistic approach to medicine, and also utilizes a specialized skill set known as Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, or OMM, to diagnose and treat disease.

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What does a urologist do? And how to become one

Specialty Spotlight: What Does a Urologist Do?

Have you given any thought to advancing your education in the field of surgery? Would you consider urology as one of your options? In this post, I will describe the journey that led me to become a urologist as well as the sense of accomplishment I have gained along the way.

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DO vs. MD: Assessing the Pros and Cons

Are you interested in pursuing a career as a doctor? If so, you might wonder what the difference between a DO and an MD is. In the United States, both the DO and MD degree result in the ability to practice medicine. This article will discuss the differences and similarities and evaluate the pros and cons of both medical degrees.

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What is Patient Education, and Why Is It Important?

Among the most commonly used skills in a medical professional’s toolbox is the ability to educate patients about health and disease. Every intervention, no matter how simple or complex, must be communicated to a patient to ensure their understanding of the benefits and risks before proceeding. Knowing how to educate patients well is a foundational skill that all medical professionals should strive to improve!

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How to Deal With Medical School Student Loans

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?

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What is Telemedicine – and is it the Future?

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?

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Is being a doctor worth it

Is Being a Doctor Worth It?

What does it mean to be a doctor? During a physician’s training, when the hours are long, the pay is low, and the days seem to drag on endlessly, most trainees will wonder if becoming a doctor is worth it at all.

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Why Do Doctors Have Bad Handwriting?

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.

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Trust between doctors and patients

Do Patients Trust Their Doctors Less Than They Used To?

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?

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What is a Medical Fellowship?

Fellows are medical doctors who have completed their residency and elected to do additional training in a specific subject area. Learn more about fellowships to help you decide if you should pursue one.

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How Much is Medical School? What to Expect and Tips for Dealing With the Cost

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.

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What is Residency Like? A Day in the Life of a Medical Resident

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.

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What happens after residency?

What Happens After Residency: 5 Things to Expect

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.

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A Guide to the Alternatives to Medical School and Clinical Practice

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?”

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The Essentials of Medical Residency

Medical residency will be a challenging and rewarding moment in your career. Get to know the different types of residents, how to prepare your residency application, and what you’ll be doing once you are a resident.

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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.

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Subspecialty Spotlight: What is a Developmental Pediatrician?

For every six children aged 3 to 17 years, one is found to have at least one developmental disability. This might not seem an alarming number, and a developmental illness might not seem like a serious life-threatening condition, but it can be stressful not just for the child, but also for the caregiver. Who addresses their concerns? In these situations, you need a developmental pediatrician.

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Specialty Spotlight: How to Become a Psychiatrist

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.

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Specialty Spotlight: Steps to Becoming an OBGYN

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.

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Residency is a 3–7 year post-graduate training program for medical doctors specializing in their chosen field. Residents work under senior physicians.

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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