You and Peter took the same MCAT and both got into the top-rated medical school in the country. You took out the same 6-figure loan to pay for your medical education. You both matched into top research hospitals and spent tireless 80-hour weeks serving patients and perfecting your craft. You were both at the top of your residency class and landed attending jobs at the hospitals of your choice. The only difference is you now make 8% less than Peter. That translates into approximately $91,000 less per year than your male counterparts. It’s hard to believe in 2017 woman are still fighting the equal pay battle. The system is broken and changes need to be made. But we’ll cover that in another blog post. Today we’ve gathered our favorite tips negotiating a fair salary and getting paid what you’re worth!
You have a wealth of education resources and study materials at your fingertips throughout medical school. Talk about a double-edged sword! On the one hand, it’s great to have so many resources. But on the other hand, it’s impossible (and not smart) to use them all. There are only so many hours in the day…
What’s the best resource for you? It’s worth considering embracing an often-overlooked resource: your notes!
Think of your residency personal statement as an opportunity to show your best stuff. Your residency application requires a personal statement, where you have the rare opportunity to talk at some length about your talents. Use it to your advantage to indicate that you have what the hospital needs in terms of abilities, experiences, skills, and maturity. Demonstrate that you are the person the program is looking for. In short, show each program that you are a good "match."