Checklist – Years 1 & 2

Welcome to the great transition. These first two years of med school often entail major changes. You may suddenly feel just how big the difference between attending college and medical school is as you’re determining the best ways to study, deciding whether to sleep or nap at night, or cancelling plans for your third consecutive Saturday and drinking your third consecutive coffee. No matter the issue, life in medical school is completely unique and requires its own unique strategies to succeed.

Here are some recommendations for medical school success:

  • Start building your CV
  • Learn to balance work and wellness
  • Join student clubs and specialty groups
  • Prepare for the USMLE

Check out the details of these recommendations from AMA Wire.

Checklist – Year 3

Last week we reviewed a checklist for 4th year medical students.  Now let’s take a look at what you have to do the year before.  The AMA recommends:

  • Find residency programs that fit your specialty interests and needs.
  • Organize the key elements of your application.
  • Contact the National Board of Medical Examiners to schedule your United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE) Step 2 exams.
  • Familiarize yourself with the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).
  • Build your clinical and research skills.

Read details on each step from the AMA Wire.


Medical Student Checklist

Many medical students will soon be wrapping up their 3rd year.  What do you need to do to prepare for the 4th?

After three years of arduous studying, exams and clinical rotations, you’re finally in the home-stretch to completing your undergraduate medical training and transitioning to the next phase of your career in residency.

AMA has developed a 4th year student checklist.  As you apply to programs this year, keep these tasks top of mind to reduce stress and ensure you have an effective residency application process:

  • May-June: Obtain your token for the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS)
  • June-July: If you’re an osteopathic applicant, register for the AOA Intern/Resident Registration Program
  • July-August: Use these months to prepare supplemental application materials
  • September: Select and apply to programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)
  • October-January: Schedule and travel to interviews
  • February: AOA Intern/Resident Registration Program match results will be available
  • March: NRMP main residency Match results are announced

The next year will fly fast – make sure you’re ready to soar!