Residency application season has begun! When I was applying last year, I spent a lot of time thinking not just about what programs I wanted to go to, where I wanted to live and how best to answer "Where do you see yourself in five years?" — but also trying to develop a method for making this decision. This is the mental model I came up with that helped me through ...

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"Were you on the hurricane emails this weekend?" This was not the question I expected to start the week. I came to Raleigh, North Carolina to spend part of my fourth year of medical school as special assistant to Dr. Mandy Cohen, the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services in North Carolina. I wanted to work in government — to understand what public service meant, gain operational experience and ...

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