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Residency accreditation agencies join forces to create a unified system

Beginning in July 2015, allopathic and osteopathic residency programs no longer will be accredited separately under an initiative announced jointly by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), and the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM). By establishing uniform standards for graduate medical education programs nationwide, the…


MCAT Score Improvement

By Jessica Freedman MD, www.MedEdits.com An interesting summary in Academic Medicine outlines behaviors of MCAT examinees. What I found most interesting regarding this data is that applicants identify personal study habits and taking practice exams as the two factors that have the greatest influence on score improvement. MedEdits: www.MedEdits.com


Women, Residency and Childbearing

An interesting article in Academic Medicine this month examines residents’ choices about childbearing during residency. This survey study of 424 male and female residents had a 77% response rate. It was found that “women residents postpone childbearing because of perceived threats to their careers.” It would be intriguing to know what led to these perceptions.…


>Think You Won’t Be Practicing Geriatrics? Think Again.

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>Medical School Rankings: US News And World Report

>Every year I have clients say “I really, really, want to attend a top 10 medical school.” When I ask them why this is so important, the answer is typically vague and unsubstantiated. I encourage applicants to put their egos aside and really think about their career goals and which school would be the best…


>Understanding Academic Medical Centers

>A colleague sent me an interesting article today by Joseph Simone. This article may seem sophisticated for medical school and residency applicants, but it offers tremendous insight regarding the inner workings of academic medical centers. Even if you are in the early stages of your medical career, understanding how institutions function, how leadership and recruitment…