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CORE CHARACTER TRAITS FOR FAMILY MEDICINE

May 22, 2008

Family medicine residency programs spend a lot of time and energy formulating their rank order lists for the National Match. Faculty, staff, and residents spend many hours carefully scrutinizing dean’s letters, transcripts, USMLE scores, letters of recommendation, and interview data. Each ERAS file has lots of data, but ironically, in this information age, there is precious little overt information about the applicant’s character. It is left to each program to assess character based on brief interview experiences and the ERAS file. Yet, character is likely the core quality without which a resident may never master family medicine. As one Board member put it, “Character is the trump card. It doesn’t matter what your USMLE scores are if you lack the character to be a family physician.” Read the rest of the article>>>

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. May 22, 2008 2:06 pm

    Thank you very much. I liked it a lot and will publish it also. I have a thing about Family medicine. I know it is early but till now it is the only specialty that I considered.

  2. May 22, 2008 4:26 pm

    I like fam med too. It gives you a lot of opportunities.

  3. May 23, 2008 10:04 am

    Yes, but not a lot of sub specialties 😦

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