And so it begins!
Starting tomorrow, all VIRMP internship and residency programs are in and available for review. Take a deep breath!! There will be much information to go through and many program descriptions to read!
You can also register if you’d like to. No rush though, you can access all program descriptions regardless.
If you decide to register right off the bat, be sure to select the cheaper application tier to start with. This year the cost increased to $90 for 10 or fewer applications. As you evaluate programs you can always go up to the next level if needed. However, downgrading is not allowed! And since the next tiers are $250 (11-20 applications) and $350 (21 or more), you don’t want to pay up front for slots you might not even use!
Have an idea of potential letter writters? Fantastic!! If not, you should start right away. See our other posts and our eBook. Not to worry, there is still time!
Next, take a look at the documents needed to complete your application. You’ll have plenty of time to get everything ready but it’s good to start working on it from day one.
Incomplete applications will basically be thrown away and will not be considered by selection committees!
No program applications this early in the game
DO NOT apply to and rank any programs just yet! You’ll make mistakes and use up valuable spots!
This is something to do closer to the December deadline when your application package is almost complete and you have reviewed the programs you’re interested in!
I can’t stress how much I like making notes regarding each program. This will make your life so much easier!
A simple “things I like” vs “things I don’t like” and a Yes / No / Maybe applied to each program description you read is going to be very helpful when the time comes to make decisions. If you’re not sure about a program just mark it as a maybe and return to it later. These notes will save you time when trying to decide which programs you’re applying to. Later on, when it’s time to submit the rank order list, these will again be very helpful.
For any programs you marked as yes or maybe, you can start contacting the program directors to obtain the email addresses of current intern/resident to start getting some inside information from the very beginning. This will give them time to reply and maximize the information you get on the programs you’re interested in! Remember they are as busy as or busier than you depending on your current position!
Now start reading those program descriptions!
Make sure to check all our posts on the Match for additional information and tips.
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