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Archive of posts published in the category: FM Basics
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…

Oct
3

5 Podcasts For The Road

I spent a pretty ridiculous amount of time driving while I was on the residency interview trail, and I unfortunately didn’t have an unlimited data plan or much space on my phone, but these would’ve been monumentally helpful to have back then! Check out…

Sep
28

FM: Opposed versus Unopposed

Family Medicine - Opposed or Unopposed?

“Is your program opposed or unopposed?” It’s the second question I asked of each program at last year’s AAFP conference, but it’s not the right one to ask. First, let’s define about what I’m talking about. Definitions Are Important Unopposed – Means that at the primary educational facility (hospital)…

Aug
31

Tips to My Third Year Self: Christina & Jake Mutch

Tips To My Third Year Self

Why get answers from one fourth year, when you can get answers from two? Christina and Jake Mutch think back to the beginning of third year, to offer you five tips for doing great as you start your next clinical rotation. 1. OnlineMedEd. OnlineMedEd. OnlineMedEd. Do it.…

Aug
15

Tips to My Third Year Self: Trish Friederich

Tips To My Third Year Self

Recently I asked Trish Friederich if she could go back in time to the beginning of third year, what tips would she give herself, what advice might she offer? Here’s what she said: Trish’s Tips Always ask to do more: I did not ask to…

Aug
8

Scheduling Residency Interviews in 4th Year

Scheduling Residency Interviews

It’s August, so it’s time to start scheduling residency interviews, if you’re a fourth year DO student. For the MD students it’s a little over a month away before the ACGME side opens. So bookmark this post for later. Tips from Farrah for Scheduling Residency…