Back to Medical School and Residency: Health and Saftey Tips

  For many teens and young adults,  August and early September are bittersweet with summertime freedoms giving way to a new school year and busy schedules. For some pre-med and medical students, this school year will look a little different. Online learning will take the place of traditional classroom instruction and lectures are necessitated by […]

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COVID-19’s Effect on 2020 Medical Residents

  This month, just shy of 40,000 medical residents within the U.S. began their post-graduate medical education. With their medical degrees in tow, these individuals will spend the next three to seven years developing the skills they need to provide quality attention to patients in need. With the pandemic pressing on, medical residencies may look […]

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3 Reasons to Defer Your Application for Residency

  Do you wonder why obtaining a degree in medicine is often described as a journey? The reason is that it can be a lengthy and complex process. Becoming a physician requires many years of education, exams, multiple applications, and a thorough licensing procedure. To some, success in this journey means finishing each step as […]

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ECFMG Updates: Obtaining Certification without USMLE Step 2 CS

  At the end of May, the Federation of State Medical Boards and the National Board of Medical Examiners, two groups who sponsor the United States Medical License Examination (USMLE) elected to suspend the clinical skills portion of the USMLE Step 2 for at least 12 months. This decision was a difficult one to make […]

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USMLE Step 2 CS Suspended for 12+ Months

  When COVID-19 first hit the U.S., the Federation of State Medical Boards and National Board of Medical Examiners, both sponsors of the exam, were quick to put the United States Medical License Examination Steps on hold. This decision was made in respect for the safety of examinees and test administrators. As the situation progresses, […]

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Women contemplating COVID-19's Effect on the 2021 Main Residency Match

COVID-19’s Effect on the 2021 Main Residency Match

  It’s safe to say COVID-19 has changed the course of many lives in a matter of just a few short months. It is responsible for the change in school schedules, cancelation of vacations, and postponement of weddings. It is also responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands of people, a surge in mental […]

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Physician works on writing a letter of recommendation.

AMO’s Guide to Letters of Recommendation

  What is an LOR? A letter of recommendation (LoR) is a document, generally written on official letterhead, that provides insight on an applicant’s character, experience, and skills from the perspective of someone other than the applicant.  The individual writing the letter should be someone with a professional, rather than personal, relationship with the individual […]

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Women Physician practicing neurosurgery.

Specialty Profile: Neurosurgery

  Neurosurgery is the medical specialty that manages and delivers care to patients with disorders of the nervous system and their supportive structures, which includes the brain, spinal cord, and spinal column. Physicians who specialize in neurosurgery are referred to as neurosurgeons or brain surgeons. These individuals are highly regarded in the medical field and […]

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Match Day 2020 Recap

  With Match Day 2020 over and done, the National Residency Match Program released a general overview of this year’s data, which provides some insight into how many individuals applied, matched into residency, and the allotment of program seats across various specialties. A comprehensive version of this data is projected to be available in May. […]

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IMGs celebrating their match into medical residency.

Match Day 2020: What To Do If You Did (or Didn’t) Match

  Match week is next week—that’s right—NEXT WEEK! To help you prepare for Match Day, March 20, 2020, we compiled a short list of how to celebrate if you end up matching, and what to do in the event that you do not.   What to do if you matched:   Snap a Photo Share […]

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