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Alumni Specialties: Family Medicine

Emily Hanka, DO

Family Medicine with OB (Full spectrum training) at Waukesha Family Medicine Residency at ProHealth Care

Generic paragraph of recs – would vary by what year students are in.

1st year: focus on studying, getting involved in your community and school.

2nd year: focus on studying and boards, staying involved in your “thing” don’t just do “one-off” events. Even if your application is “peds” or “surgery” heavy and you end up deciding to go to FM, that will still look great that you applied yourself in 1st and 2nd year.

3rd year: invest yourself in EVERY rotation, like it WILL be your specialty. Learn as much as you can, be a sponge. Start an excel doc of programs in geographic areas you want to live/work/play in during residency. Make a list of away rotation possibilities, track when and how to apply for rotations there. Reach out to BCOM alumni that are at these programs. Get letters of rec from any preceptors you did well with – you never know what LoRs you might need. Study for boards! Stay late, learn a lot, be useful to the teams and attendings and residents with which you work with.

4th year: do away rotations, see if you “gel” with the people and residents there, even if it is not technically a “sub-I”.These are the people you will become and be like. You will be the same kind of docs they are, so it is important to get as much of a sense of this as possible. Do/find rotations in things you’re interested in or that may fill gaps to get you into residency. Also, if your senior resident or attending says, “go home” definitely go home – this is your last chance to have some downtime before you’re an intern.