HOW DO RESIDENCIES WORK IN MEDICINE? (Q&A) | med school vlog

This video is made possible by Away. Hi everyone! It is Wednesday. I have a new block. In the last block, I did my medicine sub-i
and this block I’m doing my EMS elective for the next four weeks. And for EMS elective, I’m gonna be doing a
bunch of ambulance ride alongs and I’m gonna be observing both BLS as well as ALS. I have a few of those coming up. I also have a bunch of interviews coming up. I know I talked a little bit about my interview
process, in the last video. A lot of you guys had really good questions,
and I wanted to kind of address them. So a lot of you guys asked about sort of the
general process of “match” and residency interviews. So the way residency applications work…
is towards the end of your medical school career, so sometime during the very end of
3rd year or the very beginning of 4th year you send out your applications. Most people only apply to one specialty. I know somebody asked if I’m only applying
to emergency medicine. I am! I would say the vast majority of people end
up applying to only one field. The reason being that, when you apply to these
programs, you have your personal statement, you have your away rotations, you have your
letter of recommendations. All of these are geared towards the specialty
that you wanna go into. So it’s kinda hard to prepare for more than
one specialty because you’re gonna be writing about why you wanna go into emergency medicine
or why you wanna go into surgery or why you wanna go into internal medicine. You’re also gonna be doing things in your
medical school career to show that, that’s the field that you’re interested in. So for example, for me, I did a bunch of away
rotations in emergency medicine, kind of 1. to experience what’s it is like at different
hospitals 2. to show the different programs that that’s the field that I wanna go into. Also reason number 3. being that I needed recommendation letters
from specifically designed for emergency medicine. So it would have been very difficult for me
to apply to more than one specialty. For the most part, people apply to what’s
called categorical residencies, meaning you go directly from medical school into the field
that you’re gonna be specializing in. So from… going from… doing directly from
medical school to emergency medicine. Or directly from medical school to general
surgery. There are certain specialties that require
you to do one year of either transitional year or a preliminary year of either medicine
or surgery. Those are things like ophthalmology, dermatology,
I think anesthesiology and a few other specialties that require that you do a separate year of
training before actually starting to study anesthesiology or dermatology or ophthalmology. Aside from those specialties, most people
apply to just one type of specialty and that’s the field that they wanna go into. There are also questions about sort of the
interview process and what’s it’s like. I honestly can’t speak for all the other specialties
but for the most part, from my experience, and from what I’ve heard, emergency medicine
interviews tend to be pretty relaxed and pretty conversational. You get asked for things like: what do you
like do during your free time, tell me about yourself, why do you wanna go into emergency
medicine. Kind of just basic questions. I’ve heard that in other specialties you get
what’s called “pimped” on patient cases, sort of like the medical knowledge. In emergency medicine, they don’t do so much
of that which is nice because you’re not really being tested for medical knowledge when you
go for interviews. I think that should come from your standardized
test scores and you know, you’re still a student so you still have a lot to learn. I feel like the most important thing in the
interview like I mentioned in the previous video is for the program to get to know you
as a person and get to know who you are outside of these scores and the numbers that you have
in your resume and your applications. So those are sort of the more commonly asked
things on the interviews from my experience and from what I’ve read online and from other
people. People also asked me what other people bring
to the interview. So I wanna show you guys what I brought to
my interview. This is the bag that I brought. This is kind of a plain grey shoulder bag. It’s big enough to fit this folio. This is a folio that I got from my alma mater
when I graduated. It’s from Barnard. Basically has a notepad, and there is a little
slot for you to bring in your CV or your resume, and little slots for business cards and things
like that. Honestly, a lot of brought these but there
is really no use for this other than it makes you look a little more professional I guess,
so you can carry your resume with you in case you wanna look over right before your interview. I think as a general rule of thumb, it’s nice
to have something to write in like a notepad or like a pen or something just so that if
anybody gives you any important information, you can write that down, if you get in touch
any residents, or any program directors who wanna give you their e-mail address, or their
phone number or for you to ask more questions, you can write that down. I brought my pencil case, I brought my wallet. And most places will give you breakfast and
lunch or at least some light refreshments so you probably don’t need to bring like snacks
or water bottles or anything. You can if you want to. I brought a little thing of mints just in
case. But aside from that, that’s really all I brought
me to the interview. Like I said before, same thing with the outfit,
I wanted to have something kind of plain bag. I didn’t wanna bring anything flashy. I also didn’t wanna show up in like backpack
so I wanted something just kind of nice enough and doesn’t stand out too much. So that’s the bag that I brought. So the next question somebody asked was for
me to describe the match process. It’s a little nebulous. I don’t know exactly how it works but I have
an idea of how it works. So basically, when you apply to these programs
during your medical school during 4th year or something, some programs will give you
an interview, and not all of them. You go to these interviews. They’re evaluating you but you’re also evaluating
them to see if you’re a good fit for their program. Of if that program is a good for you. And then you’re supposed a make ranked list
of the program that you like. So you make a ranked list and the programs
also make a ranked list of the applicants that they liked. And I think there is a computer process that’s
takes both list into consideration and then matches you into the program that you’re supposed
to go to the following year. So that’s like the nutshell of how the match
process works. Match day is basically this big national day
where all the US medical students find out on the same day where they’re gonna go residency. It’s supposed to be like a big day of celebration
and all that. So that should be exciting! That’s coming up in March. I’ll maybe try to vlog that day so you guys
can find out where I’m going to… maybe. So that’s pretty much the Match process. I know there is a lot involved. There’s the application process, interviewing,
ranking and then Match Day and it’s a whole big process but it’s very exciting and you
find out where you’re gonna spend the next as short as 1 year to as long as 5 plus years
of your life doing your residency. So it’s very very exciting. So, I hope that kind of answers all your questions
about the Match process and residency interview process. I’m trying to remember if there are any other
questions. I will check back with more questions. So I just finished dinner and now I’m doing
some reading for my EMS elective. So EMS stands for emergency medical service
and basically consists of all the EMTs and the paramedics who ride in the ambulance and
pick patients up and provide some care. So the reading that I’m doing is basically
all the protocols that’s been written for certain cases like sepsis or cardiac arrest,
or hypotension, congestive heart failure and there are all these protocols written by medical
directors. I think it varies from state to state but
there’s basically protocols on what to do, what drugs to give, how to transport patients,
and things like that. So I just wanna familiarize myself with all
these things so that hopefully I’ll see some cool things tomorrow and for the rest of the
month and I’ll be able to jump in with what I’m supposed to do. Technically I’m supposed to observing mostly
so I won’t be doing anything, I won’t be intubating anyone, I won’t be starting lines, but I heard
that sometimes the paramedics will let you do some minor things so I think it’s just
a good idea for me to know what’s going on so I’m just gonna read up on everything and
I will check in with you guys later. So it’s getting late, I have to go to bed
soon because tomorrow I have a 7am-7pm shift. So I wanna make sure I get plenty of rest
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78 comments

  1. I know it is kind of impolite to ask your age, but actually inspired by your videos and it makes me want to study medicine school.But I am afraid I am 27. Is it too late for medical school?

  2. Im a british medical student. I love your videos! It is interesting to see how medicine is taught in different parts of the world and the process of schooling.

  3. Thanks for replying @TheStriveToFit i am torn between applying only for Physical med & Rehab or Family Medicine or both lol

  4. I vlogged my match day letter openings for my friends and I and would recommend you do it. It was utterly terrifying at the time but is now a video I will cherish forever. It's by far my most favorite YouTube video I've made and I often re-watch to relive that experience. Enjoy the interview trail! – Mike

  5. Thanks for all the great info!! I always love your videos and am currently studying / and applying to universities as a high school senior aspiring to be an orthopedic surgeon one day

  6. the uk system is soo different! we specialise almost 4 years after graduating! thats huge pressure for medical students!! how did you know EM was for you?

  7. Can you do a video on how you chose emergency medicine? I know you were considering general surgery as well. Good luck with your interviews Jamie 🙂

  8. There is a matching algorithm! They use the field of Graph Theory (in discrete mathematics) to assign as "optimally" as possible.

  9. hi Jamie… I'm Malem from Russia medical university… I'm very glad if you answers my question….at social media like YouTube which professor's lecture do u mostly listen?? and thanks a lot…. I m looking forward to your vlog…. I'm really happy with your vlog

  10. Can an Indian or any other country medical student get surgery residence in the US? People say it’s not possible

  11. I am studying RT and I feel sooo much pressure what I should do because I study in English and my mother language is Arabic

  12. I discovered you 13 months ago and I've been watching every video you uploaded from that time on til now and continuing forever lol.

  13. I had to pause to comment. I'm 32 with no plans on going back to school. I find you videos to be very informative and interesting. Thanks for the knowledge!

  14. you’re always so informative ❤️
    it’s also amazing to see how much your channel has grown 😍 so happy i subscribed to you all those years ago!

  15. Jamie, does being a medical school YouTuber increase your chances of getting matched or do you get some sort of special treatment. if you go to the hospitals do you find healthcare professionals that recognize you and are excited for you to work in their hospital? I loved ❤️ this video it was very informative.

  16. Wow you guys specialise early!! I couldn’t imagine specialising next year 😬 I’m still unsure which specialty I want to be in and I’m in my penultimate year. I’m making videos on the different specialties hopefully that’ll help me choose

  17. Wtf! Most people in Canada apply to multiple fields… You gotta have a backup plan, especially if you're applying to something competitive!

  18. Hi there. Thanks for posting such informative videos. I'm going to start undergraduate in August. Could you please make an overview video about the process from (completing SAT to) undergraduate to residency? Such as when to do research and when apply to medical school etc (summary video). Thank you. 🤗 Trying to be prepared for each step ahead of time. Love your channel. 💖

  19. Hey there .
    I wanna ask that is there any other way for international medical graduated students to get residency in USA other than to qualify USMLE all 4 steps that u have given …

  20. Any tips for pre med studying? 🤗 The school I’m going to only does one class per month so I’ll have plenty of time to focus on each subject. What’s the best notes to save for the MCAT and first year during med?

  21. I love your videos!  Especially the study-with-me.  I was wondering if you have to accept your "match" even if you don't want to go there, or do you have an option to wait for the location you wanted the most?

  22. I'm studying nutrition in grad school and we also have a "match day" (but it's for internship programs). It's such a big and scary day – but I believe you will get into the school you deserve Jamie 🙂 Stay positive!

  23. Going to take the admission exam for medical school early next year, and my heart just can't stay still! :'( Amazing video as always! 🙂

  24. Really random but I've been watching your videos for about 4 months now and I want to thank you for always putting captions. I use hearing aids, my hearing started to fade recently due to an auto immune disorder, and I tend to take them out at night or when I study to get rid of distractions and the captions help so much when watching your videos and make it way easier than trying to read lips since I'm still new to it. No one adds captions when speaking English since they think that they won't be needed but you do and it's amazing!

  25. Haha Candy is so cute! Having a pet in medical school is so nice. Love to come home from a long day to my cats. Best of luck with residency interviews

  26. Hi Jamie! I am a paramedic here in the US… happy to answer any questions that you might have about ride-alongs. We love when residents/med students come ride with us!

  27. Love your videos!! I'm a first year medical student and I was wondering if you have any advice on how to study neuro? Question banks? Books? Anything? Thank you!!!I have to take the NBME for neuro… thank you!!

  28. I think there are different definitions of specialization, like say cardiology where after residency in what ever residency specialization, 3 more years of study are needed. "In order to become a cardiologist, one must undergo four years of medical school as well as three years of internal medicine training. Finally, one must complete three more years of what is called specialized training." In Canada at least many of the "ologies" necessitate years of specialization ONTOP of residency.

  29. "Are you a robot" hahahaha.. loved this video. I'm studying medicine in a PA program and while we are not required to complete a residency to practice, you pretty much have to for emergency medicine or surgery. Thank you for the tips!!! 🙂

  30. Since you basically work at the hospital during your 3rd and 4th year rotations, do you get paid? I know that this might be a dumb question but I've always wondered it.

    PS: good luck with all your interviews!!!

  31. Hey…HELLO TO YOU from INDIA.. i watch ur videos often..in one of the videos, u were selecting specs for u.. a/c to me..rimless will suit u the most..just a suggestion..

  32. Your videos are always so helpful and insightful, i love watching them! I'm a second year medical student, and I just recently started my channel as well to bring some more exposure to the world of medical school! So cool to see the medical community represented on YouTube <3

  33. I am a premed. I work as a ED medical scribe for the residents, and have absolutely fallen in love with EM.
    The process and mentality is so fast paced and broad. It’s such a thrill.

  34. I NEED HELP
    I’m coming to New York this summer to take a USMLE step 1 preparation course ( at Kaplan – I’m from Saudi)
    I need cheap housing options/ home stays.
    I’ve searched google but I’ve found nothing within my price range or the area I want.
    If anyone one knows or knows where I can find them online please help me.

  35. Hey Jamie! I'm curious to know how did you actually study, like did you write down the stuff, made flashcards or just reread. I know you did anki . What methods did you apply to studying?

  36. Wow, I remember when I first started watching you Jamie, the 'struggle' then was Step 1. Now you're already going for residency interviews, and will soon be done with med school and what not. And although I don't know you personally, I just feel so proud of you, lol. Like really, you're such a hard worker; I remember when I was in a rut with studying and just med school in general, your videos would encourage & challenge me, and I'm not lying when I say, your 'Study with me' videos helped me tremendously. I pray that at the end of the day you match to your top choice and get to spend the next few years of your life working at a place that you love. All the best, and God bless.

  37. Just want you to know that you’re so inspiring for me. I’m a medical student from Brazil dreaming to do residency in the USA and your videos motivates me to keep fighting for my dreams. Thank you!

  38. Hey, am an Indian medical student currently a month away from internship… And am planning to pursue further studies in the USA…… And am planning to take the Step 2 Before Step1 during the initial moths of internship (coz its similar to the exams am currently writing) …. So any advice on how to allocate time and make an effective Step 2 plan??
    Anyone?

  39. What are the applications like for those who want to do surgery? Especially with so many specialties in surgery

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