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Residency and Grades

Discussion in 'Medical Students - MD' started by Miss155, Apr 26, 2007.

  1. Miss155

    Miss155 Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Jul 13, 2003

    If you wanted to get into Derm or Radiation Oncology or plastics, is it that you must make all honors in all your classes or is there a specific proportion one should achieve. I am almost done with my first year and questions about residency are really starting to come up. Thanks.
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  3. medicomel

    medicomel Purveyor of short posts. 10+ Year Member


    great post! i thought i was the only one feeling this way these days. :( it seems that everytime i turn around somebody's bragging about how they're honoring this or that, and i can't seem to get to that point. i'm nowhere near the bottom, but as for HONORING a class, my other grades would take a dive.

    any advice here? i know that first year grades are pretty miniscule compared to your entire application, but i need to know that it's possible to get a solid match (up to 3rd choice) with steady application and hard work.

    i've been seriously bummed out, OP. thanks for writing this.
  4. soeagerun2or

    soeagerun2or Banned Banned 2+ Year Member

    Sep 27, 2006
    USMLE > 3rd year >>>> 1 + 2nd year.
  5. Tired

    Tired Fading away 7+ Year Member

    Dec 12, 2006
    Like medical school admissions, it's not a cut-and-dried process, everything operates on a continuum. Is it better to honor everything than to honor nothing? Of course, and anyone who tells you not to worry about it is a liar. Is it an app killer when you don't honor everything? Of course not, but then you have to start looking at how you can compensate for mediocre clinical grades (ie - taking Step 2 early and scoring well).

    You also have to account for your specialty and your eventual goals. Do you want Derm or Rad Onc? Better get on top of some research. Want IM at UCLA with an eventual Mayo Cardiology fellowship? Better have a sweet Step 1 score. Want to get into any anesthesia program? Relax a little, you'll be fine with a couple honors and a slightly above-average Step 1 score.

    I was told that when it comes to clinical grades, the most important thing is to do your damnedest to get honors in the field you want to go in to. If you want Plastics, it's a little more important to honor surgery than psychiatry.
  6. Critical Mass

    Critical Mass Guest

    Feb 23, 2007
    Standard Critical Mass advice:

    Do your best. The rest will work itself out.

    If you have one foot in tomorrow and one foot in yesterday, you're pissing on today.
  7. indo

    indo Feed me a stray cat 7+ Year Member

    Sep 28, 2002
    That only applies to females. I, personally, can hover over today and piss on next week. holler!
  8. Critical Mass

    Critical Mass Guest

    Feb 23, 2007

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