What Is RESIDENCY?
For the pre-med or first-year medical student, the residency is a distant blur. Efforts to balance a social life, a financial means, and this foreign language of medical terminology are overwhelming enough. Who needs the hassle of scouting out residencies when placement in a hospital or care facility is years away? For the fourth-year medical student, the time has come to hope and pray that the living will fit the bill, cut the mustard, and streamline the process of becoming a permanent care provider.
Where do you fit best? Ultimately, this is what the Nobel Prize-winning algorithm looks to answer. The comprehensive, systematic formula that matches a med student to his or her residency is for the good of the student, the hospital, and the community. Your skills, abilities, experience, and passion for the medical industry, as observed by these auditions and your input, are factored-in to the algorithm. It did not win a Nobel Prize by default – not only does the system work, but it works in favor of the future physician. It places you where you need to be.
FEBRUARY 20 is the deadline to certify your rank list. Again, the rank list does not secure your spot in your hospital or care facility of choice. You have put in the work, auditioned, shown your skills. Now, it is time to decide where you fit best. Still, your performance is a deciding factor. The respective hospitals have ranked you. If rated well enough, meaning you are better-served for that hospital, the choice is yours. The RANK LIST is a collective process where you rank the hospitals, and they rank you back. Where you end up is determined by your input, the hospital’s input, and perhaps a little luck?
So, if you want to score well when that algorithm determines the Rank List, start thinking about where you want to audition, how you wish to audition, and why you want to audition. All of these are core components of what we like to call the RESIDENCY MATCH.
For more on the residency match, please check out Dr. Feldman’s Video below for a more comprehensive and detailed understanding of this algorithm, the system, and the match criteria.