evans267

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i'm in the midst of applying to the ophtho residency match and i have a question. i haven't hit the interview trail yet, although am about to embark. i can't complain, i have 11 offers for interviews (including iowa and wash u), which i am thrilled about. i did well in med school (AOA member, board scores in the 99 %ile - although not a 255!) but i don't have research experience. a caviat - i am a practicing optometrist so that makes up for some of my deficiency. how do i handle the question of lack of research? to explain a little why, i practiced optometry every weekend and i was heavily involved in extra curricular activities. i know there are many good applicants out there and i wonder how this will affect me.

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congratulations...i don't think that a lack of research will hurt you that badly if you've gotten several interviews already. don't get me wrong, i think research is certainly a plus, but it sounds like you have a lot of other things going for you. out of curiosity, when/how did you hear from wash u? email? i'm still waiting to hear from them (usually a bad sign, right?) but perhaps i'll see you in iowa...best of luck :)
 

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Originally posted by evans267
i'm in the midst of applying to the ophtho residency match and i have a question. i haven't hit the interview trail yet, although am about to embark. i can't complain, i have 11 offers for interviews (including iowa and wash u), which i am thrilled about. i did well in med school (AOA member, board scores in the 99 %ile - although not a 255!) but i don't have research experience. a caviat - i am a practicing optometrist so that makes up for some of my deficiency. how do i handle the question of lack of research? to explain a little why, i practiced optometry every weekend and i was heavily involved in extra curricular activities. i know there are many good applicants out there and i wonder how this will affect me.

thanks for a reply:)
Research is nice, but is not a must. With 11 interviews, it sounds like you are a strong applicant.
 

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fugax...

i just heard from wash u last week. i was very suprised, because i thought they wouldn't let us know until after the dean's letter came out. i will probably see you in iowa, since i am also interviewing on the 15th.

good luck!