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This content is private.“The kidney is complex and controls so much. When you understand the kidney, you can really make a difference for patients,” says Suzanne Watnick, MD, professor of medicine and director of the nephrology fellowship program at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) and acting section chief of nephrology at the VA Portland Health Care System in Portland, Oregon. “As a nephrologist, you’re considering how to balance a whole bunch of things such as fluids and electrolytes to keep the kidney working and bring the patient to or maintain a steady state,” she says. “These are the puzzles confronting nephrologists every day.”
This content is private.I’m more than halfway through my third year, and none of the specialties I’ve rotated through have really excited (or dissuaded) me. Is there a specialty that’s right for me, and how do I find it?
This content is private.How to approach ranking programs to have the best possible shot at a match.
This content is private.You’ve likely heard of the match, but what do you really know about it? Here’s how the match works and what to plan for.
This content is private.The number of programs to which you should apply is specific to your situation and comprised of several factors. Here's how to decide the right number for you.
This content is private.How important are board scores, and how are they used in the residency application and interview process?
This content is private.Is research, international, or service experience between first and second year necessary to match successfully?
This content is private.Assessing your competitiveness for different specialties requires 1) an honest assessment of your qualifications, and 2) information about what program directors want in their trainees. First let’s address the information sources you should use.
This content is private.My interviews have gone well, and I have several programs that I’m interested in. But only one of my top programs has said they plan on ranking me highly. I’m inclined to rank that program first, even though it’s not my top choice, to ensure I match. What is the best strategy for listing your top programs for the match?
This content is private.As you ponder your specialty decision, you’ll need to figure out if you’re competitive for the options on the top of your list. Here are some of the factors to take into consideration and data sources to consult when gauging your competitiveness.
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