Published four times a year, the Choices newsletter provides pertinent information about specialty choice, getting into residency, and other important guidance related to medical student career-planning. Subscribe to receive e-mail alerts when new issues become available by entering your e-mail address in the subscribe text field in the footer below.

  • 2016

    • Nephrology
      About values and the Physician Values in Practice Scale (PVIPS)
      About the AAMC Physician Specialty Data Book

  • 2015

    • Pediatric Cardiology
      Recap: 2015 Main Residency Match®
      Transitioning to internship: Why you need to pay full attention during your first year of residency
      Unplanned Leaves of Absence

  • 2014

    • Cardiology
      Recap: 2014 Main Residency Match®
      New specialty data available: Characteristics of entering residents
      Standing out in a competitive specialty

    • Orthopaedic Surgery
      Hawks versus Doves: An inside look at the resident selection process
      Getting It Right the Second Time: Dr. Michelle Au
      Scoring higher on Step 1 than Step 2

  • 2013

    • Radiology
      Strategies to help avoid going unmatched
      Student loan changes: Can they impact your specialty choice?
      Getting It Right the Second Time: Dr. Sharon Gonzales
      Team mentoring: A new approach for the 21st century

    • Pediatrics
      Choosing internal medicine: Reflections from a graduating medical school senior
      Is it ever too early to ask for a letter of recommendation?

    • Infectious Disease
      The truth behind switching specialties during residency
      Getting It Right the Second Time: Dr. Charlie Goldberg
      Why explore specialties early in med school?

    • Urology
      "Love letters" from residency programs
      Involvement in extracurricular activities
      Planning your fourth year

  • 2012

    • Anesthesiology
      Kick off your interview right
      The real questions behind three challenging interview questions and how to answer them
      I don’t like these people!
      Resources for interview season

    • Family Medicine
      Public service loan repayment programs
      Getting started with ERAS
      Securing letters of recommendation

    • Geriatric Medicine
      Match advice from a successful fourth-year student
      Public service scholarship programs
      Writing your personal statement

    • Vascular Surgery
      Impact of time off
      Navigating the Match as a couple
      Match Day traditions

  • 2011

    • Internal Medicine
      Interviewing residency programs
      Is a career-related experience between first and second year necessary to match?
      How important are the mixed comments from my first clerkship evaluation?
      Understanding the step Understand Yourself

    • Obstetrics and Gynecology
      How to successfully navigate the first year
      How to choose residency programs that best fit

    • Preventive Medicine
      A unique tool for managing your student loans
      Taking the COMLEX or USMLE

    • Medical Genetics
      How to manage your mentor or advisor
      Finding the right specialty
      The reasons students don’t match
      Using data to gauge your competitiveness

  • 2010

    • Hospital Medicine
      Polishing your digital image
      How to remain calm in interviews
      Preventing interview burnout

    • General Surgery
      Tips for communication with residency programs
      The importance of board scores
      Switching specialties during residency
      PVIPS update

    • Internal Medicine-Pediatrics
      Writing a winning personal statement
      Pursuing non-clinical careers
      Categories to include on a curriculum vitae (CV)

    • A career in rural practice
      Strategies for getting clinical experience early in medical school
      Ranking programs in the Match
      Nuclear Medicine

  • 2009

    • Psychiatry
      What to do on your summer vacation
      The types and advantages of different residency programs
      Be an interview all-star

    • Pathology
      Tough questions about extracurriculars for a medical student mom
      The seemingly eternal debate around debt vs. primary care
      Need help managing your student loan debt? Where to go FIRST

    • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
      Evaluating your specialty prospects after a negative clinical rotation
      Obtaining glowing letters of recommendation.
      Using your clinical rotations to explore specialties
      An MSPE primer

    • Emergency Medicine
      The dollars and sense of fourth-year expenses
      The career advantages of pursuing a joint degree
      Rock and ROL: Creating your rank order list for the Match

  • 2008

    • Neurology
      The question of lifestyle more specifically, can you have one as a surgeon?
      Just how helpful all those extracurricular activities really are in getting into a good residency program
      About the Residency Preference Exercise
      Interviewing for residency: Practice makes perfect

    • Otolaryngology
      Determining the best order for your third-year clerkships
      Mistakes to avoid in the specialty and residency selection process
      Feeling stuck? The SIS is the tool for you!
      8 things you should know about applying for residency but were afraid to ask