Residency Application Timeline

MED III YEAR

February/March
• Meet with advisors in potential specialties prior to making final decision regarding specialty choice
• Plan 4th year schedule consistent with specialty choice
• Schedule Step 2 CK and CS

April/May
• Begin to research residency programs at the FRIEDA website (www.ama-assn.org)
• Apply for “away” electives. The Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS) can be helpful for many schools offering away rotations (www.aamc.org/programs/vsas/)
• Beginning thinking about which attending physicians might be good letter writers for you. You will need at least 3-4 different writers

June
• Research residency programs, application requirements and deadlines
• Prepare Curriculum Vitae (CV) and personal statement
• Mid-June: Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) User Guide available on ERAS website (https://www.aamc.org/download/269176/data/myeras_print.pdf)

MED IV YEAR

July/August
• July 1st: Applicants may register on MyERAS website and begin working on their applications
• Review/edit CV and personal statement. Meet with faculty mentors to review and revise these important documents

September
• September 1st: National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) opens applicant registrations. In order to submit your rank list, you must be registered with the NRMP
• Mid-September: Applicants may begin transmitting their applications to ACGME-accredited residency programs
• Begin preparation for residency interviews. Consider performing mock interviews with faculty members

October/November
• October 1st: Medical School Performance Evaluations (MSPEs) are released for all applicants applying for ACGME accredited residency programs
• Schedule and attend residency interviews

December/January
• Continue interviewing
• Begin thinking about and organizing rank list

February
• Finalize and submit Rank Order List for regular match (NRMP) programs. You should try to submit this well before the deadline

March
• Mid-March: Match Day! NRMP Main Residency Match results are released

April
• Relax! Make moving/housing arrangements where you will be attending residency
• Schedule/take Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS; required by majority of programs prior to entering residency)

May
• Graduation from Medical School!

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Contact:

Katherine Miller
student@acog.org

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