Road To Rank



A guide for medical students preparing to apply to competitive residency programs, with topics ranging from the preclinical years to Match Day (and everything in between).


  • Mastering the Virtual Interview with Cardiac Intensivist Dr. Ricky Hansra

    07/12/2020 Duración: 45min

    Dr. Barinder (Ricky) Hansra joins the show to share helpful tips for virtual interviewing. With interviews being conducted on Zoom and similar platforms this year, applicants must prepare and perform in new ways. The wisdom Dr. Hansra has gained from his experience matching into residency and two fellowships is sure to help!

  • Insights from a Residency Program Director

    19/10/2020 Duración: 27min

    Dr. Karen Wiss, a dermatology residency program director, provides the inside scoop on the residency selection process. She shares invaluable insights on the various components of the ERAS application, the interview day, and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on this year’s application cycle.

  • Networking and Interviewing Tips from a Sports Marketing Executive

    22/06/2020 Duración: 01h12min

    Steven’s brother Dave Krueger, a 17-year veteran of the professional sports industry, joins the podcast to offer some high-yield advice on networking and interviewing! Topics include: sending purposeful emails, networking at conferences, preparing for the interview day, asking thoughtful questions, and many other ways to stand out from the pack!

  • Building The Rank List

    09/02/2020 Duración: 19min

    We start with an approach to carefully evaluating residency programs before, during, and after the interview day (with help from a slightly overwhelming spreadsheet). Then, we dive into the nuts and bolts of setting up the rank order list!

  • 10 Ways to Stand Out on Clinical Rotations

    14/09/2019 Duración: 21min

    Make a great impression on away rotations and core clerkships by following these simple tips, plus a bonus pep talk for those about to submit ERAS applications!

  • Matching Into Orthopedic Surgery: Interview with Dr. Jake Modest

    20/06/2019 Duración: 43min

    Dr. Jake Modest shares his advice for medical students interested in orthopedic surgery. Tune in for new study methods, ways to find a research mentor, a foolproof approach to clinical rotations, and much more!

  • Matching Into Ophthalmology: Interview with Dr. Nakul Singh

    02/05/2019 Duración: 33min

    Dr. Nakul Singh joins the show to share his experience preparing for the ophthalmology match. He provides practical advice based on each of the various sections of the ERAS application.

  • Preclinical Years

    27/03/2019 Duración: 21min

    In the beginning of medical school, it all boils down to school & activities. This episode provides tips for successfully navigating both! Topics include approaching the first few weeks of classes, choosing study resources, studying for the USMLE Step 1 exam, a breakdown of the ERAS application sections, selecting meaningful activities, shadowing, and preparing early on for residency interviews. I also answer a listener's question about Step 1 studying strategies.

  • Welcome!

    23/02/2019 Duración: 07min

    Meet Steven and learn about his plan to help medical students match into competitive residencies! Also included are statistics from the NRMP 2018 Match.