Residency Match

Workshops and Recordings

Virtual Residency Workshop, Class 2021

Compiled Video Recordings

    • Panel of 2020 graduates representing Internal Medicine, Psychiatry, General Surgery, and OB & Gyn moderated by Maija Braaten.

Handouts and Other Assetts


Residency Workshop, Class 2020

Video Recording - Single recording of the entire morning

Workshop Slides

Residency Match Primer, Class 2021

Personal Statement Workshop

  • Video Recording
  • Personal Statement - A segment copied from the AAMC's Choices Newsletter plus an article from the Annals of Internal Medicine. Provides good advice on the goals of the personal statement and how to write the statement so it best conveys your potential.

Interview Info Session

ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service)

Sign in to ERAS

About ERAS

Tools and Worksheets for Residency Applicants 
Guides, checklists and worksheets to help residency applicants complete the MyERAS® application.

ERAS How-To Guides

Screenshot guides:


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Big Interview Medical

We are pleased to offer you a free training system that features a new and innovative way to help you prepare more effectively for a residency interview.  Given the challenges of COVID-19 and the use of online interviews, Big Interview Medical will help you be prepared to shine!

 Big Interview Medical is an online system that combines training AND practice to help improve your online interview technique and build your confidence.

Big Interview Medical offers a variety of tools including:

• Challenging, virtual mock interviews for all experience levels

• A database of thousands of interview questions customized by specialty as well as competency with tips on how to answer them

• The ability to rate and share your interview answers for feedback

• A comprehensive video training curriculum covering all aspects of landing a residency

• A step-by-step interview Answer Builder for crafting answers to behavioral questions


Here’s how to set up your Big Interview Medical account:

STEP 1: Go to and click "Register".

STEP 2: Enter your school email address, name, and password, and click “Create my Account”

STEP 3: Log in and start using Big Interview Medical!  The system includes videos to guide you through each feature of the platform, including interview preparation content as well as creating your practice interviews.  It is highly intuitive and you can go through the content at your own pace.

If you have any technical problems, contact .

Virtual Interview Resources
Access checklists and many additional resources to help you ace your residency interview.   The resources are found in the folder here. 


Mock Interview Quickstart Guide 
When you have completed some practice interviews and would like to receive feedback from others to help you ace the real thing, follow the instructions in the Mock Interview Quickstart Guide to share with trusted mentors.

 2014 UMN Directors Survey

What do directors expect applicants to bring with them to an interview? Should you email or mail a thank you note? How should you dress? All these and more were asked to our University of Minnesota Residency Directors. View survey answers.



Residency Match Timetable
Overview of the full matching process

Class 2021 Very Short Guide
A primer designed to introduce new third year students to the matching process and resources they can begin using now

Strolling Through the Match (AAFP)
Produced annually by the AAFP, this guide provides plenty of links and straightforward advice on applying to programs and getting the residency and career you want.

Roadmap to Residency: From Application to the Match and Beyond
Published by the AAMC, the Roadmap provides comprehensive information about the process of making application to graduate medical education programs in the United States. It includes a description of candidacy requirements, factors involved in specialty choice, possible criteria for residency selection, and information about matching processes, program visits, and potential application outcomes, as well as about the transition from medical school to residency.

Personal Statement
A segment copied from the AAMC's Choices Newsletter. Provides good advice on the goals of the personal statement and how to write the statement so it best conveys your potential.

The University of Minnesota Ophthalmology Match Guide
Published by the UMN Department of Ophthalmology, this guide is extremely helpful for students applying to the San Francisco Ophthalmology match. Includes information on letters of recommendation, timelines, personal statements, application submission, transitional years, and interviewing.

CV Template

Class of 2021 Information Exchange

Weekly publication beginning late April 2020 with timely updates and resources.

Volume 1, April 22, 2020
Specific action items for things to be doing to be prepared for residency application season.  Includes links to many resources, including Specialty Experts, up to date information on COVID-19 impacts, data, Virtual Residency Workshop, etc. for easy reference.

Volume 2, May 1, 2020 
Highlights inlcude the Match 2020 video with Dr. Kim, Undecided Specialty Student Zoom Panel on May 8th, 12:15-1:15 p.m., Texas STARR information, New AAMC resource for Specialty Responses to COVID-19 for residency applications, and more!

Volume 3, May 8, 2020
Highlights include:  NEW ERAS 2021 timeline, Professional Development Online Webinars, Letters of Recommendation for Pediatrics, Vitual Grand Rounds for Family Medicine, and more!

Volume 4, May 15, 2020
Highlights include:  Tips for connecting with specialty departments, updated NRMP/ERAS/SF Match timelines, Introducing Big Interview Medical, Internal Medicine Chair letter instructions, and much more!

Volume 5 , May 22, 2020
Highlights include:  Virtual Interviewing Workshop, Big Interview Medical Reminder, Psychiatry Residency Exploration Fair, and much more!

Volume 6, May 29, 2020
Higlights include:  UMN Specialty Responses to COVID-19 impacts on the Match, Updated Urology Calendar and Webinar for interested medical students, Upgraded Careers in Medicine Website, Psychiatry Information Session, and more!

Volume 7, June 5, 2020
Highlights include:  National recommendations on applying into Internal Medicine, Virtual Interview Resources, Webinar on Surgery from Harvard Medical School, important reminders, and more!

Volume 8, June 11, 2020
Highlights include:  ERAS fully open and resources, webinars on choosing a residency, virtual interview resources, and other reminders.

Volume 9, June 26, 2020
Highlights include:  Rural Residency Fest, SF Match Launches New System, ERAS and virtual interview resources, and more!

Volume 10, July 2, 2020
Highlights include:  Webinar on Effectively Using ERAS, Kaiser Permanente ENT Open House, Virtual Interview Resources, and other important reminders.

Volume 11, July 10, 2020
Highlights include:  AAMC Tools for a Successful Residency Application Webinar July 15th, How to Best Present Yourself Virtually Webinar August 5th, other important reminders and resources.

Volume 12, July 17, 2020
AAMC Tools for a successful residency application materials, Pediatrics Chair letter instructions, Diversity in Medicine Virtual Residency Recruitment Fair Augst 1st, and more.

Volume 13, July 24, 2020
Highlights include:  Recording of Virtual Interviewing Webinar fom 7/22, General Surgery Residency Information Session 8/13, University of New Mexico Orthopaedic Surgery Virtual Information Program, important reminders, and much more.

Volume 14, July 30 2020
Highights include:  Navigating the 2021 Internal Medicine Match during the Time of COVID-19:  A Webinar Panel 8.12, UMN Medical School Alumni Residency Application Resources, Diversity in Graduate Medical Education Virtual Residency Open House 8.29, and more.


2020 AAMC Report on Residents
The Report on Residents provides a comprehensive collection of current and historical data related to residency training. The report includes information on the characteristics of residency applicants and residents, as well as information on what residents do after completing their training programs. The report brings together data on residents from a variety of sources to provide a comprehensive look at residency training across states, specialties, and different phases of the medical education continuum.

2020 NRMP Data
Results and Data 2020 Main Residency Match

  • The report documents matches by specialty and applicant type, applicant preferred specialty, trends in specialty competitiveness, and positions per active applicant.  The report also includes every program that participated in the Match, along with the numbers of positions offered and filled.

Advance Data Tables
Match By the Numbers
2020 AUA Urology Match Data and Statistics
2020 SF Ophthalmology Match Data and Statistics
Impact of Length of Rank Order List on Match Results:  2002-2019 Main Residency Match

2019 NRMP Match Data and Statistics

At a Glance Program Director Survey from the NRMP
A new tool that can be used to learn how programs select applicants to interview and rank applicants, board scores, and other information.

Charting Outcomes in the Match (2020)

These reports document how applicant qualifications affect match success. Ten to twelve measures are examined in the reports, including the number of contiguous ranks in preferred specialty, the number of distinct specialties ranked, USMLE® Step 1 and Step 2 CK scores, and the numbers of research experiences, publications, and work and volunteer experiences.

Characteristics of UMN Matched Senior Medical Students 2016-18

Contains tables for all of the 29 specialties to which UMN students matched. Each table compares data on matched seniors with the 25th, 50th, and 75th percentiles for all medical schools. Data for the  2016, 2017, and 2018 Matches have been combined to produce this report.

NRMP Match Data

Visit the NRMP webpage for all published data from the NRMP, including:

  • Results and Data: Main Residency Match
  • Match Results by State, Specialty, and Applicant Type
  • Program Results
  • Results of the NRMP Applicant Survey
  • Results of the NRMP Program Director Survey

Selection Criteria for Residency Directors
Study published in Academic Medicine, Vol. 84, No. 3 / March 2009. Assess the relative importance of criteria used for residency selection in 29 medical specialties given current available data and competitiveness of specialties.

Apply Smart
As you consider the number of residency programs to apply to, you should do so in light of your complete application and personal circumstances. But you may not know where to start the process. So researchers at the AAMC conducted a study with the goal of helping anchor your initial thinking about the optimal number of applications. This webpage contains the result of that research.

Residency Explorer

AAMC tool which allows you to explore and compare residency programs, and compare your profile (your experiences, standardized exam scores and accomplishments) to 2014-2018 applicants who matched in each program.

University of Minnesota Medical School Match Results and Statistics

Contains the match results for the most recent match and past matches for the U of M Medical School. 

Researching Residency Programs

Fellowship and Residency Electronic Interactive Database Access System (FREIDA)
FREIDA Online is a database with over 7,800 graduate medical education programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, as well as over 200 combined specialty programs.

Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE)

All MSPE appointments are an approved absence from rotations. Please request the time off and work with your rotation to plan for your absence. 

Prior to your MSPE appointment, you must:

  1. Write a draft of your Noteworthy Characteristics and email to one week before your scheduled meeting. Noteworthy Characteristics Guidelines and Examples
  2. Create and bring a copy of your CV to your MSPE meeting with your assigned writer. A template is available in case you do not already have a CV.
  3. Complete any other assigned tasks designated by your MSPE writer. 

NRMP Match

NRMP Match Checklist
2020 Match Calendar



SF Match (Ophthalmology)

The Iowa Guide to the Ophthalmology Match
This guide, plus the instructions available in the SF Match website, are two of your best resources for understanding the Ophthalmology match.

2021 Opthalmology Residency Match Summary Report

AUA (Urology) Match

Visit the AUA match website for more information about the AUA Match.

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