From Medical School to Residency: Strategizing and Preparing for a Successful Residency Match

Recorded on June 10th, 2020

Dr. Ted O'Connell provides a Q&A format discussion on viewing medical school through the lens of successfully applying to residency. Topics of the discussion include:

  • Building and maintaining consistency in your resume from day 1 of medical school through focused research, writing, and volunteerism
  • Choosing and being selected for the right audition rotations
  • Using an audition rotation as an opportunity to network and position yourself for a residency spot
  • Personalizing your personal statement to get noticed
  • How to get outstanding letters of recommendation
  • Preparing for residency recruitment season
  • High-yield tips for residency interviews
  • Follow-up actions after an interview that will give you an advantage over other applicants
Dr. Ted O'Connell

Dr. Ted O'Connell is the Founding Director of the Family Medicine Residency Training Program at Kaiser Permanente Napa-Solano. Here, he founded the Kaiser Permanente Napa-Solano Community Medicine and Global Health Fellowship, the first fellowship in the United States, combining both community medicine and global health formally. Additionally, Dr. O'Connell serves as an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the UC San Francisco School of Medicine.

In addition to residency leadership, Dr. O'Connell has written and edited over a dozen medical textbooks as well as numerous textbook chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles. He is also Co-Founder and Chief Content Officer of InsideTheBoards, which is focused on providing audio resources in the form of podcasts and apps for medical students. For more than a decade, Dr. O'Connell has served as an Expert Reviewer and Medical Consultant for the Medical Board of California. In this role, Dr. O'Connell has reviewed dozens of cases to help ensure high-quality medical care in the State of California.

Dr. Ted O'Connell received his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame with honors and his medical degree from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He completed his internship, residency, and chief residency at Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center.