residency, dungeons and dragons
So my residency rank list was finalized last night at 9pm. It is no longer in my hands. Now some computer algorithm written by a guy who undoubtedly still plays Dungeons and Dragons will determine my future. Note I didn’t say Advanced Dungeons and Dragons because that would have tipped some of you off that I once played–when I was 11 years old. Okay 16. Okay, last week.
For those of you who are interested, I have attached a copy of the report published this year by the NRMP (National Resident Matching Program–the peeps who figure out where medical students go for residency) of a survey they took of residency program directors on what they look for in residency applicants. For those of you who aren’t in medicine, this can give you an idea of which specialties attract the most anal-retentive students (i.e. the specialties where high scores in everything is important) and which specialties attract the slacker medical students who wouldn’t be able to get into any other specialty. For those of you in medical school and thinking about residency, this might actually be helpful in planning out what you will need to focus on (I wish I had a copy of this several years ago). And for those of you who already finished medical school, it might be fun to look this over and realize that you never would have made it into your specialty had you been applying this year as opposed to ten years ago.