How does your performance in med school affect residency?

SweetRain

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This may be a dumb question and far reached, but what are some factors that affect your residency?

For example, in college we get good GPAs, MCAT scores, ECs and LOR etc. What about in med school? Can someone share thoughts on that?

Thanks all!
 

Pedie Packs

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This may be a dumb question and far reached, but what are some factors that affect your residency?

For example, in college we get good GPAs, MCAT scores, ECs and LOR etc. What about in med school? Can someone share thoughts on that?

Thanks all!
This is actually a great question.

Analagous to the bolded portion for residency application:

clerskhip grades and class rank, Step 1 score, ECs, Letters

The two things that are generally considered most important are your clerkship grades and step 1 score.
 

zmb96c

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What types of extracurriculars are a medical student expected to do? I would expect it to be difficult to find a lot of time for extracurriculars.
 

thesauce

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Whatever you want. These really don't come into play as much for residency applications as they did for med school applications. My EC's in med school were tutoring, sports, and research.
 

rem6775

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This all depends on what you want to go into ultimately. If you want to go into derm, then you need a high step 1 score, good clinical grades, a decent amount of research and AOA if possible (nearly 50% of matched derms have it). Other specialties that are competitive you also need good numbers (radiology, radonc, ortho, ENT, plastics).

Clearly one of the most important things is Step 1 score along with decent third year grades and good letters.

But if you want to do FP, psychiatry, PMR, etc. much of this is less important.