Topics covered in this podcast interview include:
1) Think long-term – be a few steps ahead;
2) Go out and make things happen – for example, write a chapter in a book;
3) Ask for opportunities – preferably before rotations, but definitely during audition rotations;
4) Don’t shy away from a challenge – take them on and grow;
5) Create interest – sell yourself on paper to earn the interview;
6) Master tip – handwritten thank you letters; and
7) Devise strategic updates – for programs you’re most interested in.
In this episode we are joined by Dr. Gregory Burkard, Jr., DO. Dr. Burkard is a PGY-3 in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R) at New York University (NYU) and he provides valuable insight about how to dominate the match and land your top residency spot. He discusses the impact of his extracurricular and volunteer experiences during medical school and how they ultimately prepared him to shine on interview day. During the episode we also discuss how and why he chose his medical specialty, how he decided where to apply, and, most importantly, what he believes are the key elements for a truly successful match. Lastly, we talk about what his plans for the future are now that he is succeeding in residency.