I was recently invited to a serve and speak on a panel for a session called “Preparing for the 2022 Match for AMA Members.” There were incredible panelists and so much great, sage advice shared. I was asked some great questions, and I thought I would share some of my responses.
The first question I was asked: what is the one thing you wish you knew when you were a fourth-year med student? One thing I wish I knew is that my happiness matters above all else. You are the writer of your own story.
The second question I was asked: what are your top 5 pieces of advice for med students who are finalizing their applications and program choices for 2022?
- Do your research and prepare. Early bird gets the worm. That’s for your personal statement, CV, letters of recommendation, preparing for interviews, and SOCIAL MEDIA! Check out my other blog posts where I have written extensively on all of these topics.
- Ask questions. This is really important. If you’re worried or wondering, don’t make a decision without having your questions answered. Ask yourself. Ask others. Because if you don’t, you will regret it!
- Be honest with yourself. I tell everyone this. Write down a pros and cons list. Also write down your dreams and wants but also realistic barriers.
- Lean on those you trust and who love you. It can be an isolating time, so you’ll need all of the support.
- Be kind to yourself. You know you the best. Reflection is also beautiful.
I wish each of you the best of luck as you prepare for the 2022 Match!
Thoughts from a psychiatry resident physician,
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