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August 1994

Getting Into a Residency: A Guide for Medical Students

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Boston, Mass

Arch Dermatol. 1994;130(8):1082. doi:10.1001/archderm.1994.01690080152033

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Kenneth Iserson, an emergency medicine physician and residency director, has put together a detailed and honest guide for students facing the difficult process of specialty selection and residency matching. The third edition has been significantly revised and expanded to include up-to-date information on AMA-FREIDA (a computerized database version of the Green Book), the new United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE), changes in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) rules for applicants, and new methods for Foreign Medical Graduate (FMG) certification.

The book begins with descriptions of all approved specialties and subspecialties, including the percentage of successful applicants in each field. The section on dermatology, while concise, adequately describes the specialty and accurately points out that the match is very competitive. A ''personal traits analysis'' helps students assess their own interests and goals to guide them in choos- ing a specialty. The ''Starting the Process'' chapter provides tips for succeeding in

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