Residency Support - Qualifications
I have a very specialized background that will help you strengthen and enhance your residency application to improve your chances of interviewing at the programs of your choice.
- From 2001 through 2007, I worked at UCSF's School of Medicine, which is ranked among the top ten medical schools in the United States.
- During that time, I wrote all of the dean's letters for 150 graduates per year, ran the advising sessions for ERAS and personal statements, reviewed students' Common Application Forms (what you currently think of as your CV) in ERAS, and coordinated the solicitation and processing of letters of recommendation and transcripts.
- In 2007, I was the sole recipient of the second annual Outstanding Staff Service Award, given by the graduating class of the UCSF School of Medicine. This award, open to all non-faculty employees of the entire institution, was awarded for exemplary dedication to the class. Two quotes from graduating students were read into my record at the induction ceremony:
"I want to nominate Dave Backman for...writing MSPE letters every year for graduating seniors, and doing it with a smile. I have never seen Dave in a non-cheerful mood. He so genuinely cares for the success of all of the medical students, strives to build personal relationships with them and is so dedicated to writing meaningful and professional dean's letters for every single student. His resourcefulness and enthusiasm are very admirable and much appreciated."
"Dave was a very calming presence with regards to residency matching. Every time I had the littlest concern, I would stop by and ask him a few questions and he was always reassuring and well as realistic. He never sugar coated anything (which I really appreciated) but was also encouraging and supportive. He was a cheerful presence throughout the process and gave really good pointers with regards to where to go for help, how to approach letter writers, and how to think about the process from both a professional (i.e. what is best for my career) and personal (i.e. what is best for my family) perspective. He takes so much pride in what he does and makes you feel so supported and well looked after through a stressful application process."
- Since 2007, I have been working as a private residency application consultant for medical students and osteopaths from around the world. This is my field of expertise, my passion, and my calling. Let me help you succeed!