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Residency applications

By now most of you know that I'm applying for a residency position in emergency medicine. To all of my law school classmates who were jealous of my free time when they were preparing their applications for judicial clerkships: you can gloat now.

Writing the personal statement for my residency application is not an easy thing to do.

After all, it's not really a personal statement, it's an argument. In one page or less, you've got to make the argument that you're a great candidate who is eager to learn, loves patients, is a joy to work with, and is someone who will eventually be a leader in the specialty (among other things). Of course I think I'm all that, but making the arguments on my own behalf isn't easy.

You want to make a powerful argument for yourself without sounding arrogant. You need to reassure the program faculty that although you're confident you'll realize your lofty ambitions, you haven't forgotten that the road to success is paved with patience (patients?) and hard work.

It'd be a lot easier if I could just say that I wanted to practice emergency medicine because it's fun. Even the drunks. At 3 a.m. on Saturday. After the internal medicine attending has chewed you out for what she thought was an inappropriate admission. Even after all that, it's still fun. Maybe I'll say that, too.

"But wait!" the program faculty will say to themselves. "He's too naive. He hasn't considered the fear of random malpractice suits. Silly lawyer!"

Ahem. I just hope that my recommenders don't remember any good military quotes.

Comments

carey,

i am thrilled for you! keep me posted on how things are working out for you. i have several friends from utah applying to EM that you might run across on the interview trail. if you are interviewing in philly, you definitely have a place to stay.

was it a difficult decision for you? i ask because one of my best friends from penn (in the same boat as you) just graduated and she ultimately decided to work for a firm. she had a difficult time walking away from medicine, but ultimately it was the right choice for her.

out in my neck of the woods i am excited to finish law school and head back to med school next summer. can't wait for the clinics! and to make it more interesting, many of my friends from med school will now be my residents.

Congratulations, Carey. I'm the daughter of an ER physician and at one point seriously considered medicine in order to do ER work. My brother may also apply for an ER residency when he finishes medical school.

Best of luck to you, and let us know how it goes.

Thought of a followup question or two. What made you decide to go back into medicine? And are you looking all over the country for residencies?

I bet being continent for your entire shift could be helpful in the ER as well. With all the bodily fluids flying around, no need for the docs to add to it.

What length of program are you hoping for? any duals? and what do you think of the Match? (sorry if you've blogged on this previously and I missed it)

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