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Residency Application Key Dates

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Here we will work through key dates for Medical Residency applications, beginning in spring – in other words, a little before the process proper starts. The process is long and can at times be a little complex, so it’s wise to know how it works over the course of a year before you begin.

March, April, May

In this period you must begin to compile the list of programs that you are interested in; contact these programs to find out more about them and their specific requirements and deadlines; perhaps spend some time completing the AAMC’s Residency Preference Exercise, which will give you more information on what residencies will best suit you. Ensure that you are beginning to think about your personal statement – you will need to submit one that thoroughly conveys your suitability for your chosen specialty. Equally, ensure that you look into whether the programs that you are interested in are using CASPer as part of their process. Work through your CV and prepare it so that you stand out – having this done early will ensure that you can save time later on. Equally, getting ready to choose letter writers will save valuable time down the road as well – approach those who you think would be suitable. They should have spent considerable time with you and have a very positive outlook on you and your potential. Spend some time meeting with them and explaining what you hope they can write, and seeing how comfortable they are with writing the kind of letter that you require. You’ll need to have your CV ready to give to them. A clinical research supervisor or a physician with whom you have worked closely during a rotation is a strong choice for a letter writer.

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June

In early June, you will acquire your token to access MyERAS. You can get this through your Dean’s Office. Around this time you will also need to start preparing for the CASPer (assuming you have to sit it, which is increasingly likely), and it might be sensible to sign up for a CASPer course. ERAS applications open in early June, so you need to log in with your token and begin your application. You can search for interesting programs and save them, then apply to them when you have all the documents ready. Remember that you can only register once. You will have to register for early match if you are interested in urology, plastic surgery or ophthalmology.

August

In August, you should begin preparing for interviews. This means covering common MMI questions, covering ethics, covering recent hot topics and trends in Medicine, and of course reflecting on your personal attributes and achievements.

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September

ERAS will now accept application submissions, so it’s time to submit these as appropriate. Remember to submit your application as early as you can – this will ensure that you stand as strong a chance as possible of being invited to (early) interviews. In mid-September, NRMP registration opens.

October

In mid-October, programs will begin to revise applications, and MSPEs are released to the programs. This document will evaluate your performance in general, touching on academics, abilities, experience, and any particular characteristics or attributes that make you stand out. It’s likely that your school will meet with you to discuss the MSPE and explain what is likely to be said within it, as well as to check with you on the general status of your residency application. The MSPE is typically made up of a range of feedbacks from third year evaluators. You cannot, typically, alter your MSPE.

Interviews begin in October. However, they will continue from here on until the middle of February. At the time of writing, the majority of interviews are now moving to an online format – this removes much of the stress and expense of the process for students, and increases the efficiency for faculty as well.

January and February

Here you will be completing your final interviews, and working to understand which programs are best suited for you. It’s also now time to work on your rank order list, as well as to contact your preferred program and provide them with a letter of intent (which tells them that they are your top choice). In early February the NRMP Rank Order List entry opens, and schools verify credentials.

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