Our staff and experienced medical personnel have personal connections with several programs across the United States. We will assist you with program selection tips and how to properly prepare your CV.
Here are tips on key elements of applying to residency and the Match process. Also check out Strolling Through the Match. This guidebook complements the information provided by the NRMP and ERAS.
- Make sure you are using an e-mail account thatwill be active throughout the Match process.The NRMP requires that you have a working e-mail account in order to register for the Match.
- Become familiar with the ERAS and NRMP Web sites and procedures. Each site offers a timeline to help you plan ahead for applying to residency and the Match. ERAS Web site: http://www.aamc.org/eras;
- Explore and develop your own plan of attack for completing work on your ERAS application. Prepare a strategy that works best for you. Ideally, you want to have plenty of time to record the initial information and then make revisions as necessary.
- Become familiar with the process of obtaining your dean’s letter — also referred to the medical school performance (MSPE). The dean’s letter is a key tool that residency programs use to evaluate your overall medical school performance. Dean’s letters are released to programs on November 1. Visit your dean’s office and find out how the letters are prepared. Knowing this information ahead of time will help you better prepare for your responsibility: making sure that the dean’s letter is accurate. Keep in touch with the dean’s office to confirm that staff
has all pertinent information about you, such as awards, scholarships, extra-curricular activities, leadership roles, etc.
• Check application deadlines for the residency programs to which you are applying. Some programs may have different deadlines and it is important to know these deadlines — especially the earliest ones — to complete your ERAS application on time.
Letters of Recommendation
• Take initiative in asking for letters of
recommendation while still on your rotations.
If you are uncertain whether your preceptor or attending is willing to write a positive letter of recommendation for residency, you should ask them directly. Take the physician aside during a break
in the day and ask, are you comfortable writing a positive letter of recommendation documenting my decision-making and clinical skills? If the physician gives anything but a positive response, you might need to approach someone else.
• Plan to complete requests for letters of recommendation by September 15. Remember that your attendings are busy and will possibly need several weeks to complete and submit your letter. With many residency programs having application deadlines in the fall, setting September 15 as a mental deadline will assure that your letter writers have an adequate amount of time to submit your letter.
CV and Personal Statement
• Give yourself plenty of time to write your
personal statement. Take some quiet moments to think about the experiences in your life that have shaped you are as a person. What made you decide to go into medicine? What are your personal strengths?