Aug
8

Match 2019: ACGME and the Last of the AOA Edition?

MATCH 2019

Fourth Years… The Force is With You! As August begins fourth year medical students begin a seven month odyssey of anxiety, self-promotion and self-doubt. That’s right, they’re beginning their Match journey. It was incredibly frustrating as a student on rotations trying to compile…

Feb
4

It’s February and Rank List Day is Coming

ACGME Match 2018

It’s that time of year again, when fourth year MD and DO medical students agonize over finalizing a Rank List to submit for the ACGME Match. This year’s due date is 2100 on 2/21, less than three weeks away, and I know you’re…

Feb
3

DO Match Week is Nearly Here

AOA SCRAMBLE 2018

On Monday February 5th the AOA Match will release its results into the wild, causing joy and unfortunate scrambles. It’s no surprise that the DO version of SOAP is therefore called the Scramble. If you’re anything like me, you’ll be spending this weekend quietly…

Jun
1

Third Year Recommended Resources

The original purpose of FMstudent.com was to provide advice and recommendations to newly minted third year students on how to thrive in their first clinical year. Our founders are coming up on the end of intern year, however FMStudent will stay focused on the final two years…

Apr
3

Which Medical Symbol Is Correct? ⚕ ☤ $ 

Which Medical Symbol is Correct?

 The Rod of Asclepius… …is the “true” medical symbol, ⚕ , and is preferred by medical societies who know what they’re doing, including the AOA, AMA, AAFP, Air Force Medical Corps and Navy Medical Corps. If you once studied Greek mythology you might remember that Asclepius was…

Mar
12

SOAP 2017 and You

ACGME SOAP 2017

Tomorrow is the start of Match Week 2017. Across the country fourth years will be anxiously awaiting an email stating either “Congratulations You Matched” or… not. Today, those same medical students are quietly freaking out. That’s okay, and it’s normal. But my mother…

Dec
19

Five Tips for Rank Order Lists

FMstudent's Give Tips for Your Rank Order Lists

Poor fourth  years… you’ve applied, you’ve been interviewing, you’re exhausted and it’s already time to start making decisions about which program is your favorite. Odds are good you’re currently struggling to choose who to put in the number one slot.  Take a deep breath, relax. You’ll…

Oct
26

Differential Diagnosis for Fourth Year

Building a Better Differential As a medical student  I used VINDICATE to build my differential diagnoses, both in third and fourth year. As an intern I’ve realized I should have moved beyond the mnemonic in fourth year, to be better prepared for working on the…

Oct
17

What’s In My Pockets

Back in medical school, one of my study buddies and I wondered wondered about the buttons on our white coats. Which ones were supposed to stay buttoned? He asked a second-year, and was told a pretty simple way to remember. There are 3 buttons,…

Oct
12

Questions to Ask at Your Interviews

The REAL Questions to Ask at Family Medicine Interviews

There are a ton of potential questions, to help determine if a program is a good fit for YOU. So it’s time to ask yourself what kind of training environment you want, what populations you hope to work with and what you want…