New Match procedures in place for 2012
The National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) is implementing a new system to link unmatched students with unfilled residency positions this year. The NRMP's new Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program (SOAP) is designed to provide more equality for students who aren't selected for a residency in the main Match by creating a formal process for applying for unfilled positions.
The program will be implemented for this year's Match Week, when Match Day will move from the third Thursday to the third Friday in March.
Although the program's policies are largely the same as those vetted with NRMP constituents during the past three years, the Monday schedule has been slightly modified. The Electronic Residency Application Service will open at 1 p.m. Eastern time (rather than noon) so that applicants can begin preparing applications that will be sent to programs beginning at 2 p.m.
Preventing medical student and physician suicide
With growing concern about physician burnout and stress, the AMA examined the issue of physician suicide through a series of three webinars held in fall 2011. View the archived webinars:
- In the Sept. 7 webinar, speaker Michael F. Myers, MD, professor of Clinical Psychiatry at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, looked at the data on physician suicide and considered the scope of the problem.
- The Oct. 5 webinar examined some of the stressors in medical education that may contribute to a risk for suicide among medical students and resident physicians. Dr. Myers joined featured speaker, Sidney Zisook, MD, director of the University of California, San Diego Residency Training Program, and a professor of psychiatry at UCSD.
- The Nov. 16 webinar featured stories from friends, family and colleagues of physicians who have died by suicide.