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So, now you're sold. You've learned what residency training is, and now you just have to get there! Selecting a program, putting together an application, interviewing, and the match all seem like wandering through the jungle with no water, no food, and no map. That's where this section comes in. Use it as a map to your residency training destination. Here you'll find the details on exactly how you use your awesome expertise, skills, and abilities to get matched up with the residency program you want.

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You'll start with figuring out what really makes the “best” residency program for you, then figure out what you should do to be the best residency candidate you can be. From there, get advice on the nuts and bolts of it all, from applying, interviewing, and matching. There's also lots of extra material along the way. Be sure to see the checklists to help you assess programs (Table 5-2) and yourself (Table 6-1), sample curriculum vitae (CV) (Figures 7-1, 7-2, and 7-3), illustrations on how to (and not to) dress at professional meetings (Figures 8-2 and 8-3), and sample letters of intent (Figures 9-1, 9-2, and 9-3). Things wrap up with some advice on interviewing, mastering the match, and working with mentors. There's also a guide to getting settled in at your destination—the residency program that fits you perfectly.

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