This time last year, I embarked on my own medical residency admissions journey. I realized that the decision-making process involved in the ERAS and residency application cycle can be dauntingly ambiguous to many applicants, including myself. Gone are the lists of medical schools or colleges ordered by objective measurements such as research dollars, student-faculty ratios, and admission statistics of entering classes. While there is significant debate on which criteria should be included in ranking schools, the availability of that data at least allowed for individual interpretation based on personal beliefs.
Michael McDowell, MD is a Senior USMLE Tutor and Admissions Adviser for Med School Tutors. He is a graduate of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and is beginning his residency in neurosurgery at the University of Pittsburgh.