Residency: Planning, Applying, Interviewing, and Match Day

​​​​​Residency Application Process

Obtaining a residency position is a two-step process: 1) applying for residency and 2) matching into a resiency program

Residency Application Timeline​



Residency Application ​

June 1, 2016

SanFrancisco Match opens

​July 1, 2016
​ERAS opens
Sept 7, 2016​SF Match application deadline

Sept 9, 2016                

Students begin submitting ERAS applications
​Sept 15, 2016
​Residency programs begin downloading ERAS applications
​October 1, 2016
​MSPE is uploaded to application systems and releassed to programs
​December 2016
​Military Match results released
​January 4, 2017
​Urology rank order lists due
​January 5, 2017
​SF Match rank order lists due

January 13, 2017

SF Match results released

​January 19, 2017
​Urology Match results released

February 22, 2017

NRMP rank order lists due

March 13, 2017

NRMP SOAP begins

March 17, 2017

NRMP Match results released - "Match Day"

Understanding "The Match"

NRMP - The National Resident Matching Program. Every specialty area, with the exceptions of Ophthalmology and Urology, use NRMP to match applicants with their respective program. ​NRMP provides an impartial venue for matching applicants' preferences for residency positions with program directors' preferences for applicants. Each year approximately 16,000 U.S. allopathic medical school seniors and 15,000 graduates of osteopathic, Canadian or foreign medical schools compete for approximately 24,000 residency positions. - The NRMP Match is in March.

SF Match - The San Francisco Match program handles Ophthalmology residency programs. The SF Match is in January.

Urology Match - The Urology Match program (through the American Urological Association) handles Urology programs. The Urology Match is in January.

Military Match - The Military Match is in December.

Residency Application Components

Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) - Every specialty area, with the exception of Ophthalmology, uses ERAS as the residency application service.​
Click on the following links for information about preparing the components of your ERAS application:

1. Personal Statement

2. Curriculum Vit​ae (CV)

3. Letters of Recommendation

4. The M​SPE (formerly "Dean's Letter")

5. Medical sc​hool transcript

6. USMLE Score Report 

7. A photo of the student

Final Steps 

Review your transcript
Review your MSPE
Select your programs of interest
Send your applications to programs by September 15
Plan out your interview schedule

Preparing for residency interviews

This ​PDF gives many examples of residency interview questions that you can use to practice and prepare for your interviews.

Selecting a Residency Program

Review and compare by exploring their websites
Discuss options with your advisor
Talk with UW SOM graduates who attended the residency programs
Research programs with American Medical Association's FREIDA
Look at the Residents in Medicine (RIM) list