The Best Tools for a General Surgery Away Rotation [Merck Manual Student Stories]

Hello guys! Now that I have matched into a general surgery residency, I feel like I can discuss all of the great tools that contributed to successful away rotations in general surgery. I believe the biggest tool that you can possess is a great work ethic because many of these surgical away rotations are grueling. Residents and attendings may expect you to be an acting intern, rounding and presenting patients, studying for OR cases, performing techniques, and working the same number of hours as residents. The following tools can also add to your experience, so continue reading for some of my favorite things on my away rotations!


Hi guys! I was invited by one of my favorite Instagrammers/Bloggers, YangsWearAbouts, to write for her Match Series! This series features fourth-year medical students who successfully match into their respective specialties. Since the beginning of its conception last year, I've always dreamed about writing for this series. To decrease the repetitiveness, my journey through the residency application process is summarized in this piece! Follow the link below for my general surgery residency application process!

Click here for the ups and downs of my general surgery residency application!

My Match Experience: Why I Chose General Surgery [Merck Manual Student Stories]

It’s been about three weeks since I found out that I matched into my number one general surgery program and I am still on an absolute high. There were so many moments in medical school where I kept asking myself, “Is this going to be worth it someday?” For all of you still questioning this, IT IS SO WORTH IT.

You question a lot when you apply to medical school. You question a lot when you’re studying for your first set of boards. You question yourself on what specialty you’ll ultimately choose. You question yourself more times than you can count during the residency application process.

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Hi guys! Long time no blog. As I was writing my biggest blog post about matching, I realized that I never provided background information about the match process. Many of you guys are premed or in the early years of medical school and I remember being completely oblivious to the residency process. To be completely honest, it was a learning process even up until Match day! This post serves as a guide to the process of medical school up until the beginning of residency. *Note: all of my posts will be from a DO medical student point of view. My MD student counterparts experience similar circumstances.

How I’m Making the Best of My Last Rotations [Merck Manual Student Stories]

It completely boggles my mind that I have roughly four months until I graduate! I recently completed all of my audition rotations and have several interviews left before I submit my residency rank list. So, where exactly does that leave me now? Isn’t this the time when fourth years experience “senioritis” and do “easy” rotations?

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