Roadmap to Residency: Understanding the Process of Getting into Residency

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Roadmap to Residency: Understanding the Process of Getting into Residency

Roadmap to Residency is an important publication for anyone pursuing a career in medicine. In a single report, future doctors can obtain a comprehensive overview of the process of preparing for and applying to residency.

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Designed for students who wish to pursue a medical residency.



This useful guide walks aspiring residents through the process, from understanding what a residency program is, to navigating the application process, to preparing for residency. A handy infographic delivers an illustrated overview of the main steps to residency. Readers can find answers to questions such as:

  • Is it true that landing a residency is getting tougher?
  • How many residency programs should I apply to and which specialties should I consider?
  • When should I prepare to take the USMLE?
  • How important are board scores for the residency application process?
  • Can I switch specialties during residency?
  • What are my loan options as a resident?

The guide focuses on information for U.S. medical students applying for residency in the United States. Links to more resources are provided for international medical students and for DO students.


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Number of Pages 51
Year Published 2017