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Are You Applying to More Than One Specialty?

  • Author(s): Jhun, Paul
  • Shoenberger, Jan
  • Drigalla, Dorian
  • Johnson, Cherlin
  • Stone, Susan
  • DeBlieux, Peter MC
  • Cheaito, Mohamad Ali
  • Lotfipour, Shahram
  • Kazzi, Amin
  • et al.

Although the majority of U.S. medical students predominantly apply to only one specialty, some apply to more than one. When it comes to emergency medicine (EM), applicants may apply to additional specialties due to several reasons: being international medical graduates as well as their inability to make a decision regarding the choice of specialty, fear from the growing competitiveness of EM, or the desire to stay in a specific geographic area. Accordingly, in this article we aim to guide medical students through the process of applying to more than one specialty, including using the Electronic Residency Application Service application, writing a personal statement, getting letters of recommendation, and an Early Match. Moreover, we elaborate on the effect of applying to more than one specialty on a student's application to a residency in EM.

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