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Achieving Surgery as a Specialty: strategies for medical students. William A Zamboni MD,FACS Professor and Chairman Dept of Surgery UNSOM Las Vegas, NV. Background. Stimulus Strategy starts NOW. UNSOM Data 06.

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Achieving Surgery as a Specialty: strategies for medical students

William A Zamboni MD,FACS

Professor and Chairman

Dept of Surgery UNSOM

Las Vegas, NV


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Background students

  • Stimulus

  • Strategy starts NOW


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UNSOM Data 06 students

  • General Surgery (3 spots/yr, tot 19- 15cat 4 prelim )- >200 applics, screen step1>210, H surg ms3--- interview 40, rank 30 ( 08 match #1,3 &11

  • Plastic Surgery (1 spot/yr, tot 6)- 164 applics, screen 220, H surg —interview 25, rank 15 (14 AOA)…07,08 match #1


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Surgery Match Residencies students

  • General Surgery *

  • Orthopedic Surgery

  • Plastic Surgery *

  • ENT

  • Urology

  • Neurosurgery

  • Opthamology


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Fellowships students

  • Cardiothoracic

  • Transplant

  • Trauma *

  • Hand/UE *

  • Oncology

  • Vascular

  • Ped surgery

  • Colon/Rectal

  • Hepatobiliary


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Surgery UNSOM Divisions students

  • GI/Endocrine

  • Colon/Rectal

  • Trauma

  • Plastic Surg

  • ENT

  • Transplant

  • Oncology

  • Vascular

  • Pediatric Surgery

  • Bariatric/MIS


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ms1 students

  • Grades

  • Find clinical Mentor

  • Plan summer (research or rotation)

  • Basic science award

  • Grad awards ceremony


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ms2 students

  • Grades

  • Mentor contact

  • Step 1 very important

  • Awards

  • Surf web sites (ACGME, AAMC, programs)

  • Grad awards ceremony


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ms3 students

  • Clerkships (start strong-’buzz effect’, H or HP)

  • Talk to faculty early

  • Use Clerkship director and coordinator as a resource

  • Decide specialty by April

  • Sub I strategy (april/may)- use mentor

  • Secure LORs

  • HAVE FUN


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Sub I strategy students

1. ACGME list

2. Prioritize --program strength, geography, family, faculty/alumni connections, cost, recreation, University vs non etc

3. Pick a healthy environment (several years, 60-70% stay)

4. Make sure exposure to Chief or PD and pass screening criteria (call coordinator)

5. Have confidence from UNSOM

6. Consider home sub I 1st


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LORs students

  • Chairman, Division Chief or PD

  • Ask for “strong” or “very strong”

  • CV (use web), step1, clerkship grades


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Research students

  • Pre med or 1st summer

  • DO NOT sacrifice grades for research


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ms4 students

  • Step 2 ?

  • ERAS application (personal statement- no red flags, professional photo)

  • Rank list and interviews – be yourself to ensure a good fit !

  • Follow up card (examples)

  • Ranking strategy – gut feeling then poll others




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Important factors (Dr Z’s Rank) students

  • Step 1 > ms3 Honors > ms1&2grades (AOA)

  • LOR’s (faculty/alumni connections)

  • Interview (Sub I)

  • Personal statement

  • Research/Awards

  • Deans letter

  • Other (leadership activities etc)


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