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Aspiring Med Students Face Growing Residency Competition

While spots in medical schools are increasing, residencies aren't.

Some medical schools are taking a more data-driven approach to help students get into a residency program.

Some medical schools are taking a more data-driven approach to help students get into a residency program.

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"It's both an advising and a curriculum process," he says.

Prospective students trying to plan their medical careers should spend time with physicians in multiple health care settings to see if being a doctor is really what they want to do, says Margo Vener, a family physician who also teaches medicine at the University of California—San Francisco. She has been advising UCSF students on their career and residency choices since 1999.

"This is an incredibly long and arduous training process," says Vener. And because it's followed by possibly a 30- to 40-year career, "training is the tip of the iceberg."

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