Congratulations, You’ve Matched! Now What?

Medical | March 11, 2019

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Every March, fourth-year medical students across the U.S. learn where they will spend the next several years in residency through The Match. Here are tips for a successful transition to residency from DynaMed Plus® editors.

It’s finally Match week, and if you are one of the thousands of medical students who have matched to a residency program — congratulations! All those years of hard work and study are about to pay off as you take the first steps to beginning your career as a practicing physician. Take a deep breath and remember this moment because your life is about to change. Soon you will graduate medical school, say good-bye to many of your closest friends, likely move to a new city and start your career.

In this exciting and stressful time of transition, the physicians at DynaMed Plus put together some tips for new residents.

Keep track of things that come up daily that you don’t feel you know enough about. Look up information when you can about these issues and relate them a specific patient — it will stay in your memory better if associated with Ms. Jones or Mr. Smith.
Dr. Alex Rae-Grant, MD, FRCP (C)
Deputy Editor of Neurology

If you are in the market to buy a house, start looking right away. A lot of areas anticipate the post-match day surge and you don’t want to miss out! 
Dr. Katharine DeGeorge, MD, MS
Clinical Editor

Start reading now and never stop!
Dr. Scott Barron, MD, FAAP
Deputy Editor of Pediatrics

Remember what Oscar Wilde said, “Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.”
Dr. Terence Trow, MD, FACP, FACCP
Deputy Editor of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine

During this transition, remember that you are not alone. Lean on your fellow interns, seasoned residents, and other clinical mentors for support and advice. Read as much as you can on your specialty before taking a step into the hospital or clinic. Integrate point-of-care tools like DynaMed Plus into your workflow for quick access to research evidence and clinical recommendations.

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