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  • Why You Should Look Forward to Residency Working as a resident will likely be one of the most stressful times of your life. There’s a lot to learn in a short amount of time and lack ...
    Posted Nov 29, 2017, 12:28 PM by Explore More
  • How to Get the Residency You Want  Residency directors pick a handful of students to interview for a limited number of slots. Good test scores, grades and letters of recommendation got you the interview, but now you ...
    Posted Nov 10, 2017, 11:05 AM by Explore More
  • Why You Need an Osteopathic Physician Mentor As a successful osteopathic medical student, you may ask yourself why you need a mentor. You get good grades and connect well with others. You got through high school and ...
    Posted Sep 22, 2017, 11:32 AM by Explore More
  • What Should Be in a Residency Personal Statement So what do residency directors want to know about you? Put yourself in their shoes for a moment. You have many great applications in front of you but you have ...
    Posted Sep 22, 2017, 11:22 AM by Explore More
  • ACOFP Student Awards & Scholarships Help Build Your Resumes   While grades will count a lot toward landing the residency that you want, an award or scholarship can put you over the top. Both are great talking points during residency ...
    Posted Aug 15, 2017, 8:43 AM by Explore More
  • Why Join the ACOFP as a Student While it’s important to focus on getting good grades, it’s also important to pace yourself and to realize that your success after medical school will not just hinge ...
    Posted Aug 2, 2017, 9:41 AM by Explore More
  • Is Family Medicine Right for You?    During clinical rotations, many osteopathic medical students decide what specialty they’d like to pursue. It’s important to keep an open mind during this time and not to let ...
    Posted Jun 9, 2017, 1:58 PM by Explore More
  • A Day in the Life of an Osteopathic Family Physician    Many osteopathic family physicians start their days between 7 am and 8 am four to five day per week. Works days are filled with constant motion for the more than ...
    Posted Jun 9, 2017, 1:59 PM by Explore More
  • What is a Residency Personal Statement?    When program directors read your personal statement they want to know who you are beyond your grades and accomplishments. Selecting the right residency for you is about finding the right ...
    Posted Apr 20, 2017, 8:44 AM by Explore More
  • How to Make Your Personal Statement Stand Out & Pitfalls to Avoid    For some students, writing a personal statement can be a frustrating experience. But don’t over think it. It’s just one piece of your application that will be considered ...
    Posted Apr 20, 2017, 8:44 AM by Explore More
  • 5 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your First National ACOFP Conference So it's your first big conference. What should you wear? Is it rude to introduce yourself to someone you don't know? Is it worth the money? Rightfully so ...
    Posted Feb 27, 2017, 1:06 PM by Explore More
  • What to do After Your Interview?   After the interview, write down some thoughts about the day because you will go on a lot of interviews, and your days will run together. You will be tired and ...
    Posted Sep 19, 2016, 7:15 AM by Explore More
  • How to Make a Rank List    When making a rank list, keep in mind that NMS (AOA) opens January 6 and closes January 22 at 11:59 pm EST. NRMP (ACGME) opens January 15 and closes ...
    Posted Sep 19, 2016, 7:16 AM by Explore More
  • What are Some Questions that You Might be Asked During a Residency Interview?     Why Family Medicine?You should have a good answer for that. Be sure that you know why you want to be a family physician. Put it into words, write it ...
    Posted Jul 18, 2016, 7:04 AM by Explore More
  • What Does a Typical Residency Interview Day Include?    This day includes a meet-and-greet with residents, program director and faculty. You will have multiple interviews in small groups. You will likely not sit down with just one ...
    Posted Jul 18, 2016, 7:00 AM by Explore More
  • Getting Started in Professional Organizations Author:  Kari Beth Watts, DO   About 10 years ago, my younger brother decided to become a New York Mets fan. He was nurturing a newfound interest in baseball, having grown ...
    Posted May 10, 2016, 1:00 PM by Explore More
  • You Got an Interview. What Happens Now?      You should review all the information you had collected previously. You should’ve done all this research yourself when you were applying to residency. Now is the time to make ...
    Posted Jul 18, 2016, 6:57 AM by Explore More
  • 7 Key Aspects of Selecting a Residency Author:  Jackie Weaver - Agostoni, DO, MPH, FACOFP           Selecting a residency program can be daunting. However, you should be able to narrow your search by considering a few key points. That ...
    Posted Apr 1, 2016, 6:50 AM by Explore More
  • How Many Residencies Should You Apply To? When applying to residencies, many students ask how much is it going to cost them      since they are living on a fixed income with medical school loans. According to a ...
    Posted Dec 16, 2015, 7:10 AM by Explore More
  • How to Find Residencies       With almost 700 residencies, how are you going to go about finding the information? Fortunately, some associations have put together residency finders that will filter your searches. If you’re ...
    Posted Nov 24, 2015, 6:51 AM by Explore More
  • How to Pick a Residency    With 165 AOA Accredited Family Medicine Residencies, 97 Dually Accredited Family Medicine Residencies and 386 ACGME Family Medicine Residencies, how could any osteopathic medical student possibly narrow that down to ...
    Posted Nov 17, 2015, 11:05 AM by Explore More
  • What Happened at ACOFP that Made Me Choose Family Medicine When I was in osteopathic medical school, I wasn’t sure what specialty I wanted to pursue. I was attracted to a number of specialties with family medicine being only ...
    Posted Oct 5, 2015, 8:02 AM by Explore More
  • Day in the Life      Coffee - Check.   Nalgene bottle - Check.   Fistful of snacks - Check.   Breast pump supplies - Check.  Kisses on the cheeks to my family and out the door I run.  In early 2014, the ...
    Posted Aug 6, 2015, 11:22 AM by Explore More
  • Five Unique Fellowship Opportunities Picking a fellowship can be one of the most important decisions that you make after osteopathic medical school. While many fellowships offer the typical postgraduate training, a few are specifically ...
    Posted Jul 15, 2015, 9:47 AM by Explore More
  • How to Make the Most Out of Your ACOFP Student Membership With all of the great opportunities available to student members of the ACOFP,  getting more involved is quick and easy.   Once you’ve made the decision to take a more ...
    Posted Jul 15, 2015, 9:55 AM by Explore More
  • What They Don't Tell You About Residency Programs So you’ve survived the residency interview dinner, aced the interview, charmed the program director at lunch and taken the hospital tour. Now you’re ready to talk about the ...
    Posted Jul 15, 2015, 9:10 AM by Explore More
  • How to Own Interview Day The prospect of interviewing for a residency program is both exciting and scary…but mostly scary.  Fortunately, there are ways for you to take control of your interview experience and ...
    Posted Jun 4, 2015, 9:33 AM by Explore More
  • How to be Careful of Body Language During Your Residency Interview Body language will speak more words than what you can say yourself. The biggest challenging during family medicine residency interviews is projecting that you’re a personable person because that ...
    Posted Jun 4, 2015, 9:12 AM by Explore More
  • I Can Do What in Family Medicine? Many people hear the words “family medicine” and think of a doctor practicing in a clinic and seeing patients in the same three rooms day in and day out.  While ...
    Posted Jun 4, 2015, 8:59 AM by Explore More
  • Practice Location: Urban Versus Rural When it comes to deciding where practice – whether it’s rural, suburban or urban – you will have options. That’s because demand for physicians is across the board in all ...
    Posted Jun 4, 2015, 8:59 AM by Explore More
  • What are Some Basic Residency Interview Questions?    What are Some Basic Residency Interview Questions?Students are usually most apprehensive about the residency interviews because it’s the most important part of the process. While you can prepare ...
    Posted Jun 4, 2015, 9:01 AM by Explore More
  • What to do the Morning of the Residency Interview    You’ve been accepted to the residency of your choice and made it to the hotel in the city where you’re interviewing. Make sure you don’t blow it ...
    Posted Jun 4, 2015, 8:24 AM by Explore More
  • What I Learned from a Mentor That I Didn't Learn on Campus    When you are in osteopathic medical school, you learn about the clinical aspects of becoming a physician. In some instances, you will be taught various professional issues as well. That ...
    Posted Jun 4, 2015, 9:01 AM by Explore More
  • The Five Things I Love About Residency Your residency is where you will apply the knowledge you learned in osteopathic medical school to refine your education, so you will be able to decide the kind of doctor ...
    Posted Jun 23, 2015, 9:04 AM by Explore More
  • Uncovering the Real Scoop on Residency Programs Not all residency programs are created equally, and it’s not easy to figure out what’s really going on until you are actually there. But there are some tips ...
    Posted Jun 23, 2015, 9:04 AM by Explore More
  • Group vs. Solo Practices While some physicians prefer to work with peers and others like working alone, practical concerns may trump personal considerations when it comes to practicing medicine. Changes in the business of ...
    Posted Jun 23, 2015, 9:05 AM by Explore More
  • What Kind of Person Makes the Best Osteopathic Family Physician? A person who is open-minded, empathetic and personable. You need to be able to care for anyone who walks in our office door. You need to learn where your ...
    Posted Jun 23, 2015, 9:05 AM by Explore More
  • How ACOFP Can Help When You're a Student Through webinars, leadership opportunities and scholarships, the ACOFP provides students with the tools to jump start their professional careers after they leave school. Before graduating, students will have the chance ...
    Posted Jun 23, 2015, 11:58 AM by Explore More
  • Check Out These Scholarship Opportunities With the average cost of osteopathic medical school annual tuition topping $40,000, scholarships can play a major role in defraying costs for many students.That’s why the Auxiliary ...
    Posted Jun 23, 2015, 9:10 AM by Explore More
  • How to do Well at Your Residency Interview Dinner The most important aspect of the interview dinner is to go in the first place. Many prospective residents skip this dinner, which is a big mistake. It shows a lack ...
    Posted Jun 23, 2015, 9:10 AM by Explore More
  • Why Should I Join the ACOFP When you become an ACOFP member, you get access to a wide range of products and services that will make your life as an osteopathic family physician much easier and ...
    Posted Jun 23, 2015, 9:10 AM by Explore More
  • How Should I Answer Residency Interview Questions? How Should I Answer Residency Interview Questions?In residency interviews, how you answer the question can me more important than what you have say. Interviewers know how daunting a residency ...
    Posted Jun 23, 2015, 9:11 AM by Explore More
  • How to Handle Every Type of Residency Interview Although the overall residency interview consists of the interview dinner, formal interviews , lunch, hospital tour, overview of program and benefits, the formal interviews cause most prospective residents the most worry ...
    Posted Jun 23, 2015, 9:11 AM by Explore More
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