Residency

The NFL Draft, the Weight of an Ox, and the Art of the Rank List

The ERAS applications are scored. Applicants and program directors alike have hung their interview suits back in the closet. It is time for the single most important moment of a residency program — the rank list meeting. Of all days, this day is the most important, even...
| February 27th, 2019| Residency| 1 Comment|

Letters of Recommendation: Program Directors Need to Do Better

It is interview season, and I am reviewing candidates for my residency program. It is a very humbling process. Even considering board scores, transcripts, and personal statements, the true person behind the dossier can remain opaque. How do we figure out who might be a good fit?...
| December 6th, 2018| Residency| 2 Comments|

The Power of Intellectual Humility

Editor’s Note: This post was previously published in Insights on Residency Training, which is hosted by NEJM Journal Watch. Don’t ever be afraid to say, “I don’t know.” Those were parting words from one of my physician mentors in medical school. I had asked him for wisdom in...
| September 20th, 2018| Learning| 2 Comments|

Verrocchio, Leonardo, and the Art of Effective Feedback to Residents

Midyear reviews of residents are under way. I cherish these gatherings. We review evaluations, in-training exam scores, consider career goals, and design individual learning plans. We ponder the big picture. Where is the resident going? How are things? This season, I found myself questioning the effectiveness of...
| April 12th, 2018| Learning| 3 Comments|

Who Gets Chosen for Your Residency and Who Gets Overlooked? Implicit Bias in Medical Education

We are in the throes of interview season. At Yale, my fellow program directors and I have evaluated dozens, maybe hundreds of applications. We have tried to decide which applicants to interview on the basis of objective criteria — board exam scores, grades, deans’ letters. This practice...
| January 4th, 2018| Residency| 6 Comments|