Obtaining a residency position is a two-step process: 1) applying for residency and 2) matching into a residency program
Residency Application Timeline
Sept 6, 2017
|Students can begin submitting applications to ERAS|
|Sept 15, 2017||NRMP registration begins|
|October 1, 2017||MSPE is uploaded to ERAS and released to programs|
|December 2017||Military Match results released|
|January 3, 2018||Urology rank order lists due|
|January 4, 2018||San Francisco Match rank order lists due|
January 12, 2018
San Francisco Match results released
|January 18, 2018||Urology Match results released|
February 21, 2018
NRMP rank order lists due
March 12, 2018
NRMP Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program (SOAP) begins
March 16, 2018
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:
Curriculum Vitae (CV)
Letters of Recommendation
The MSPE (formerly "Dean's Letter")
Medical school transcript
6. USMLE Score Report
7. A photo of the student
- Review your transcript
- Review your MSPE
- Select your programs of interest
- Send your applications to programs by September 15
- Plan out your interview schedule
- Prepare for residency intervews.
This PDF gives examples of residency interview questions that you can use to practice and prepare for your interviews.
Selecting a Residency Program