How the Pandemic Will Affect Residency Applications

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Fortunately, the pandemic affects all residency applications the same.

Can you believe it’s less than a week until the residency application cycle opens on September 1? Well, it’s that time of year again and we wanted to share our views on how the pandemic will affect how your residency application will be viewed this cycle.

Fourth-Year Electives

With less clinical experiences, fourth-year electives related to your chosen specialty will take on increased importance.

Personal Statement

Expect the personal statement to be even more highly scrutinized in light of the pandemic and the impact it has had on nearly every applicant’s clinical experiences. Please avoid the “Pity me because COVID-19 threw a major wrench into my residency preparations.

Letters of Reference

Fortunately, most — and hopefully all — specialties will require fewer letters of reference due to the interrupted clinical experiences of the vast majority of this year’s applicants. As always, make sure your recommenders write about you. Particularly, we want recommenders that describe experiences they observed that allow them to positively opine on your ability to succeed in the residency program and, ultimately, become an outstanding physician.

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