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1 Preparing for 4th Year and the Match
Amber Hull, OMSIV

2 Summary Licensing Exams: timing, preparation, to USMLE or not to USMLE? Scheduling Electives and VSAS Roadmap to 4th year ERAS: selection of programs and cost Interviews, travel and budget Preparing the ROL Match Day and SOAP

3 Licensing Exams COMLEX Level 1: after second year
COMLEX Level 2 CE: after third year COMLEX Level 2 PE: in Conchahocken, PA Register early (fall of 3rd year) for best dates COMLEX Level 3: Intern year COMLEX is accepted for Licensure in all 50 states Board Certification is a separate process: Board exams are taken at the end of residency

4 To USMLE or not to USMLE? If you plan to complete your residency and fellowship within an AOA program, USMLE is not required If you plan to apply for ACGME programs, check with each individual program to see if they require Step 1, Step 2 or both If you plan to do a fellowship which is NOT offered through the AOA: You can plan to do residency through the ACGME and then apply to the desired fellowship- USMLE requirements will be program specific but not necessarily required You can do an AOA residency and attempt to enter an ACGME fellowship as an “exceptionally qualified” applicant-all steps of USMLE required under the new Common Program Requirements **This exception will be specialty dependent- specifics announced in early 2014.**

5 Preparing for Licensing Exams: Level 1
Study for your classes: lots of pharmacology and pathology on Level 1/Step 1 First Aid +/- Doctors in Training, Kaplan, PASS program, Pathoma Question Banks: USMLE World, COMBANK, COMQuest Make a schedule and allow yourself some time for exercise, sleep and family Schedule Exams a few days apart if you choose to do both

6 COMLEX Level 2 Your COM will send you an when you are eligible to register (October of 3rd year) Cognitive Evaluation (CE) Similar format and study resources as for Level 1 Material tested is less basic science and more clinical Performance Evaluation (PE): 12 standardized patients 6 hour clinical skills exam at the NBOME testing center in PA 14 min encounter + 9 min SOAP note 8-10 weeks for scores to be reported Ideally, you want passing PE scores at the time that ERAS opens (September 15th) so try to schedule your COMLEX PE during summer of 3rd year (May, June, July)


8 Licensure vs Board Certification
You apply for a license through the state in which you practice- Requires all 3 steps of COMLEX Board Certification is specialty specific and requires completion of residency training AOA Board Certification American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) Dual Certification is available CME will be based on which Board certification is obtained aoa/development/aoa-board- certification/Pages/default.aspx

9 Scheduling

10 Electives vs Core Check to see what requirements your school has and make sure you schedule blocks to fulfill them Electives: max number of weeks in a single specialty (ex: 16 weeks max in peds) Schedule vacation weeks that allow sufficient time to study for Level 2 and travel to PA You may need to schedule vacation time for interviews and/or COSGP meetings

11 Audition Rotations/Sub-Internships
Pros “Mandatory” for some osteopathic programs: you are more likely to be ranked if you rotate there Try out a program Prove yourself See an area of the country that you may want to train in Some programs offer courtesy interviews to Sub-Interns Adventure! Cons Not really necessary for ACGME programs Expensive!! Double rent vs living out of suitcases People will see your shortcomings in addition to your strengths so you have to perform at your peak at all times Learning a new system (EMR, hospital layout, etc) every month is a challenge


13 Away Electives Osteopathic Programs: call the medical student coordinator at the host site Allopathic programs: program specific application process Check the website of the program you’re interested in rotating at VSAS= Visiting Student Application Service Centralized application service: upload required documents and assign them to specific programs ($15 per application) Check application opening dates, required forms (specific immunization forms) Earliest opening date for Applications is February 1 but many programs take applications beginning in March, April or May for Fall rotations

14 Helpful Resources & Ideas Try to schedule in August, September and/or October (new interns in July; interview season is October-January) Housing: check with the host site about visiting student housing,,, consider rotating in places where you have generous friends/family with an extra room;-) Rental cars are MUCH cheaper if you go through or a similar site Now is a great time to apply for a credit card which gives you airline miles if you don’t already have one!

15 Preparing for ERAS and the Match

16 Registration for the Match
Registration for NMS and NRMP are separate from ERAS! National Matching Service: Osteopathic Match $60 Registration fee. Deadline: Nov 1, 2013 to avoid late fee. National Resident Matching Program: Allopathic Match $60 registration fee. Deadline Nov 30 to avoid late fee. Match Prism tracking App for iPhone and Android

17 ERAS: Electronic Residency Application Service
Documents: COMLEX/USMLE transcripts, LORs, Personal Statement(s)- assign these to programs Application: General Info, Licenses (ACLS, etc.), Medical Education Medical School Honors/Awards Membership in Honorary/Professional Societies Education and Prior Training Experience: Research, work, volunteer Publications: Peer Reviewed Articles/Abstracts, Other articles, Oral Presentations Languages Hobbies and Interests Other Awards and Accomplishments

18 Programs Search and Apply to MD and DO programs
Assign documents to the programs you apply to You can have multiple personal statements Most programs require 3 LORs but will take up to 4 EM may require a SLOR (standard LOR) Some programs will require a LOR form the Department Chair Applicant Document Tracking System (ADTS) allows you to see when your documents are downloaded ERAS Application Fees: Programs Up to 10 - $92
Programs $9 each
Programs $15 each
Programs 31 or more - $26 each

19 Helpful Resources and Hints
Start ERAS early! It will take several hours to enter all of your amazing accomplishments. The Personal Statement might be the hardest thing you write in med school. Revise, Revise Revise! Have people proofread your application and Personal Statement. Don’t embellish your CV just to fill space but be sure to include any presentations you’ve given for your SGA or COSGP. They count! Check each program’s website for application requirements. Some want your PS to address a specific topic or have LOR specifications. Number of programs you apply to will depend on your specialty and qualifications.

20 Researching Programs and Specialties FREIDA: Osteopathic GME Match Report: NRMP Charting Outcomes in the Match: content/uploads/2013/08/resultsanddata2013.pdf NRMP Charting Outcomes in the Match: Specialties Match content/uploads/2013/06/NRMP-Charting-Outcomes-in-the-Match- Specialties-Matching-Service-1st-Edition-Published-May-2013.pdf

21 Interviews and Budgeting
Most people do between 6-12 interviews Interview invitations will start being issued within days of ERAS opening and continue well into December. Respond ASAP to get your choice of dates. Check your spam folder! Some programs will pay for your hotel Event with residents the night before, Interview day usually ~8a-2p. Details in program . If you’re doing an elective at a site where you end up getting lots of interviews, try to schedule them so that you can drive. Use a spreadsheet and/or Google Calendar to keep track of logistics and program details that are important to you.


23 Preparing the Rank Order List
ROL opens for Osteopathic Match Participants on Jan 8, due Jan 24, 2014 ROL opens for Allopathic Match Participants on Jan 15, due February 26, 2014 Must certify your ROL prior to deadline but can make changes up until the deadline Rank programs in order of your training preferences, not how you think the programs will rank you.

24 Match Day and SOAP (Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program)
Friday before Match week: notification of SOAP eligibility-does not mean that you didn’t match! Find out WHETHER you have matched on Monday of Match week SOAP (the scramble): applicants apply for any unfilled spots through ERAS Find out WHERE you matched on Friday of Match week Osteopathic Match: February; Allopathic Match: March If you Match in the Osteopathic match you MUST withdraw your application from the Allopathic Match! To participate in the osteopathic scramble, you must have registered for the NMS Match (even if you don’t rank any programs) **If you do the Allopathic Match you cant scramble into Osteopathic programs until after the Allopathic scramble**

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