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Introduction

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pp. 1-2

This book was born out of a need to help junior and senior medical students get the residencies they want. For a number of years I have served both as an advisor to individual students at the University of Iowa and as the faculty advisor to a group of students interested in careers in surgical disci-...

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Thoughts for a Good Start

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pp. 3-6

The tips that follow may seem rather basic but that is actually a good thing because it probably means you have already thought through the points being made and you are in a very good place to begin the process of getting the residency you want. The main concepts are to know yourself ...

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Making Connections

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pp. 7-20

The tips in this section are really what getting a residency is all about. The personal connections you make, not the forms you fill out, will make you successful. If there is any way to schedule an out-of-town rotation in your specialty, you should do it.

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Interviewing

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pp. 21-38

This is the part of the process that applicants say makes them the most nervous. If you are competitive in other aspects of your application, then good interviewing skills can help you seal the deal. If some other part of your application is marginal, you may be able to make up all or part of that ...

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Travel

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pp. 39-74

Traveling to and from a residency interview is an expensive and time-consuming proposition. There is no known way to do this without spending any money; but after doing increasing amounts of business travel over the years, I have learned some tips that can make things easier and help cut ...

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Closing Thoughts

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pp. 75-81

So . . . things didn’t work out the first time like you wanted them to. No one expects you to be happy about being in this position, but it is not the end of the world either. And not getting into a program the first time around definitely does not mean that you will never get the residency you want.