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
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:
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
Preparing for residency interviews
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
Look at the Residents in Medicine (RIM) list