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HOW DO RESIDENCIES WORK IN MEDICINE? (Q&A) | med school vlog


This video is made possible by Away. Hi everyone! It is Wednesday. I have a new block. In the last block, I did my medicine sub-i
and this block I’m doing my EMS elective for the next four weeks. And for EMS elective, I’m gonna be doing a
bunch of ambulance ride alongs and I’m gonna be observing both BLS as well as ALS. I have a few of those coming up. I also have a bunch of interviews coming up. I know I talked a little bit about my interview
process, in the last video. A lot of you guys had really good questions,
and I wanted to kind of address them. So a lot of you guys asked about sort of the
general process of “match” and residency interviews. So the way residency applications work…
is towards the end of your medical school career, so sometime during the very end of
3rd year or the very beginning of 4th year you send out your applications. Most people only apply to one specialty. I know somebody asked if I’m only applying
to emergency medicine. I am! I would say the vast majority of people end
up applying to only one field. The reason being that, when you apply to these
programs, you have your personal statement, you have your away rotations, you have your
letter of recommendations. All of these are geared towards the specialty
that you wanna go into. So it’s kinda hard to prepare for more than
one specialty because you’re gonna be writing about why you wanna go into emergency medicine
or why you wanna go into surgery or why you wanna go into internal medicine. You’re also gonna be doing things in your
medical school career to show that, that’s the field that you’re interested in. So for example, for me, I did a bunch of away
rotations in emergency medicine, kind of 1. to experience what’s it is like at different
hospitals 2. to show the different programs that that’s the field that I wanna go into. Also reason number 3. being that I needed recommendation letters
from specifically designed for emergency medicine. So it would have been very difficult for me
to apply to more than one specialty. For the most part, people apply to what’s
called categorical residencies, meaning you go directly from medical school into the field
that you’re gonna be specializing in. So from… going from… doing directly from
medical school to emergency medicine. Or directly from medical school to general
surgery. There are certain specialties that require
you to do one year of either transitional year or a preliminary year of either medicine
or surgery. Those are things like ophthalmology, dermatology,
I think anesthesiology and a few other specialties that require that you do a separate year of
training before actually starting to study anesthesiology or dermatology or ophthalmology. Aside from those specialties, most people
apply to just one type of specialty and that’s the field that they wanna go into. There are also questions about sort of the
interview process and what’s it’s like. I honestly can’t speak for all the other specialties
but for the most part, from my experience, and from what I’ve heard, emergency medicine
interviews tend to be pretty relaxed and pretty conversational. You get asked for things like: what do you
like do during your free time, tell me about yourself, why do you wanna go into emergency
medicine. Kind of just basic questions. I’ve heard that in other specialties you get
what’s called “pimped” on patient cases, sort of like the medical knowledge. In emergency medicine, they don’t do so much
of that which is nice because you’re not really being tested for medical knowledge when you
go for interviews. I think that should come from your standardized
test scores and you know, you’re still a student so you still have a lot to learn. I feel like the most important thing in the
interview like I mentioned in the previous video is for the program to get to know you
as a person and get to know who you are outside of these scores and the numbers that you have
in your resume and your applications. So those are sort of the more commonly asked
things on the interviews from my experience and from what I’ve read online and from other
people. People also asked me what other people bring
to the interview. So I wanna show you guys what I brought to
my interview. This is the bag that I brought. This is kind of a plain grey shoulder bag. It’s big enough to fit this folio. This is a folio that I got from my alma mater
when I graduated. It’s from Barnard. Basically has a notepad, and there is a little
slot for you to bring in your CV or your resume, and little slots for business cards and things
like that. Honestly, a lot of brought these but there
is really no use for this other than it makes you look a little more professional I guess,
so you can carry your resume with you in case you wanna look over right before your interview. I think as a general rule of thumb, it’s nice
to have something to write in like a notepad or like a pen or something just so that if
anybody gives you any important information, you can write that down, if you get in touch
any residents, or any program directors who wanna give you their e-mail address, or their
phone number or for you to ask more questions, you can write that down. I brought my pencil case, I brought my wallet. And most places will give you breakfast and
lunch or at least some light refreshments so you probably don’t need to bring like snacks
or water bottles or anything. You can if you want to. I brought a little thing of mints just in
case. But aside from that, that’s really all I brought
me to the interview. Like I said before, same thing with the outfit,
I wanted to have something kind of plain bag. I didn’t wanna bring anything flashy. I also didn’t wanna show up in like backpack
so I wanted something just kind of nice enough and doesn’t stand out too much. So that’s the bag that I brought. So the next question somebody asked was for
me to describe the match process. It’s a little nebulous. I don’t know exactly how it works but I have
an idea of how it works. So basically, when you apply to these programs
during your medical school during 4th year or something, some programs will give you
an interview, and not all of them. You go to these interviews. They’re evaluating you but you’re also evaluating
them to see if you’re a good fit for their program. Of if that program is a good for you. And then you’re supposed a make ranked list
of the program that you like. So you make a ranked list and the programs
also make a ranked list of the applicants that they liked. And I think there is a computer process that’s
takes both list into consideration and then matches you into the program that you’re supposed
to go to the following year. So that’s like the nutshell of how the match
process works. Match day is basically this big national day
where all the US medical students find out on the same day where they’re gonna go residency. It’s supposed to be like a big day of celebration
and all that. So that should be exciting! That’s coming up in March. I’ll maybe try to vlog that day so you guys
can find out where I’m going to… maybe. So that’s pretty much the Match process. I know there is a lot involved. There’s the application process, interviewing,
ranking and then Match Day and it’s a whole big process but it’s very exciting and you
find out where you’re gonna spend the next as short as 1 year to as long as 5 plus years
of your life doing your residency. So it’s very very exciting. So, I hope that kind of answers all your questions
about the Match process and residency interview process. I’m trying to remember if there are any other
questions. I will check back with more questions. So I just finished dinner and now I’m doing
some reading for my EMS elective. So EMS stands for emergency medical service
and basically consists of all the EMTs and the paramedics who ride in the ambulance and
pick patients up and provide some care. So the reading that I’m doing is basically
all the protocols that’s been written for certain cases like sepsis or cardiac arrest,
or hypotension, congestive heart failure and there are all these protocols written by medical
directors. I think it varies from state to state but
there’s basically protocols on what to do, what drugs to give, how to transport patients,
and things like that. So I just wanna familiarize myself with all
these things so that hopefully I’ll see some cool things tomorrow and for the rest of the
month and I’ll be able to jump in with what I’m supposed to do. Technically I’m supposed to observing mostly
so I won’t be doing anything, I won’t be intubating anyone, I won’t be starting lines, but I heard
that sometimes the paramedics will let you do some minor things so I think it’s just
a good idea for me to know what’s going on so I’m just gonna read up on everything and
I will check in with you guys later. So it’s getting late, I have to go to bed
soon because tomorrow I have a 7am-7pm shift. So I wanna make sure I get plenty of rest
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