A three-part event! 


July 12 and July 26 (7:30 PM)

August 16, 7:30 PM

Hosted by MSDC’s Early Career Physicians Section
Applying for residency is a critical, time-consuming part of your medical career that spans months and adds stress to an already draining course load. However, it is also an opportunity to showcase all that you have accomplished in medical school and help you reach your next goal: placement in your preferred residency program and future success in your medical career.

In this three-part online series, you will learn from physician leaders how to successfully rise through the residency application process and reach your goals. The series will start with an overview of the residency process, then focus on the personal statement, and help you navigate the interview stage. 

The series is open to all medical students at any point in training. Register for individual sessions or all three, depending on your interest. 

Register here

Part 1: Residency Overview

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July 12, 7:30 PM 
Get a complete overview of the residency application and interview process with inside perspective on what program directors want to see. The session will discuss preparing your optimal residency application package, selecting specialties and programs, and the ins-and-outs of interviews.  Plus learn what to do about potential red flags and how the pandemic has impacted the process. 

Jillian Catalanotti, MD, MPH, FACP
Vice Chair for Education, Department of Medicine
Director, Division of General Internal Medicine
Director, Underserved Medicine & Public Health Track
The George Washington University

Part 2: Personal Statement Workshop

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July 26, 7:30 PM 

Residency program directors sift through thousands of personal statements and CVs, making a compelling personal statement critical to standing out. Learn how to craft a personal statement that showcases your aspirations, medical acumen and personality and learn what pitfalls to avoid. There will be ample opportunity to ask questions and get feedback on your personal statement.

Juliet Lee, MD, FACS
Director, Undergraduate Surgical Education
The George Washington University

Part 3 – Interviewing & Specialty Breakouts

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August 16, 7:30 PM

Now that you’ve made it through the application and personal statement, it’s time for the next step in reaching residency: the interview. Get strategies on interviewing with your preferred program, techniques for the “new normal" of interviews, and feedback and input from current residents of various specialties on what to expect and what “it’s really like”.