As I mentioned in my previous post I want to create a residency tips series where I would share some of my advice and what I have learned during the application process to those who will apply in the future. In today’s post, I wanted to talk about choosing your list and how to narrow down the programs that best fit your future career needs.
There is a lot of research out there on the “number” of programs that individuals should apply to depending on the type of their residency. I think that many factors play into how many programs and what programs candidates should apply to. For example, are you looking to be in an academic setting, a community program, or one that has a little bit of both? Are you tied to a specific location or can you move across the United States? These are just some of the questions to ask yourself when deciding what programs to choose and I think that it is important to research your top programs, maybe even reach out to see if you can ask some of the residents questions, or schedule a tour if you have that capability!
The number of programs on your list is also dependent on many other factors. Generally to be in a “safe” place I have been advised on ranking 10-15 programs. However, these numbers can also increase or decrease depending on board scores, extracurricular activities, and even the program dynamics. Again, do your research on various platforms that provide that information is always a smart idea prior to creating your list.
For those of you who have applied or applying, what are your recommendations on who makes “The List?”