Residency Match

Workshops and Recordings

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:



The medical school is happy to offer the free online interview practicing tool InterviewStream. This tool will allow you to practice your interview skills by listening to recordings of actual medical residency interview questions and recording your responses. All you need is a computer with a webcam. You can then record your answers and share this recording with your MSPE writer and anyone else you wish to view. They can then provide an assessment and feedback on your "interview". You can do as many times as you wish and share with anyone with an email address. The system will save all your recorded "interviews" so you can watch and share at anytime.

We have pre-packaged two interview question sets in the system for you: Group A Questions, and Group B Questions. The “Group B Questions” set contains general questions (as found in Group A set) plus additional questions specifically for students that have had academic difficulties or required additional time to complete medical school. Select the question set most appropriate for you. Or do both, as you can do as many times as you want.

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

Class 2020 Residency Application Process Guide
Detailed guide to the residency application process for late 3rd-year and 4th-year use.

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 2020 Information Exchange

Vol 1 - April 2, 2019 (Post Residency Workshop follow-up and next step action items, Links to important data sources, guides and timetables, Link to the AAMCs Apply Smart program, Introductory info on ERAS and info and links to guides and worksheets, Upcoming key dates, Links to Key Resources, FAQs)

Vol 2 - April 18, 2019 (Intro to the MSPE and student requirements and next steps including meeting with your Faculty Advisor and Noteworthy Characterisitcs, Info on the May Professional Photo shoot and instructions, Link to video from a previously held Couples Match info session, Intro to the required Standardized Video Interview (SVI) for EM applicants, Upcoming key dates, Links to Key Resources, FAQs)

Vol 3 - May 10, 2019 (Info on ERAs opening on June 6, Texas Star Database, Common questions related the the SVI for EM applicants, Reminder on MSPE student requirements, Upcoming key dates, Links to Key Resources, FAQs)

Vol 5 - May 16, 2019 (Info on joing the June 14 COst of Applyting to Resicency Webinar, Reminder of ERASs full opening on June 6, Info on ERAS resources, Upcoming key dates, Links to Key Resources, FAQs)

Vol 6 - May 29, 2019 (AAMC Apply Smart: New Data to Consider, Request to students in Military Match, Info on AAMC Standardized Video Interview Webinar for students applying to EM, Upcoming key dates, Links to Key Resources, FAQs)

Vol 7 - June 6, 2019 (ERAS is fully open! Guides and information, Interview Stream Updates, Important info for students applying to IM and Med-Peds and obtaining a Chairs Letter, Info on getting photos in for the Commencement progam, Researching Programs in Careers in Medicine (CiM), Upcoming key dates, Links to Key Resources, FAQs)

Vol 8 - June 14, 2019 (Info on using ERAS, Info on getting photos in for the Commencement progam, Researching Programs in Careers in Medicine (CiM), Upcoming key dates, Links to Key Resources, FAQs)

Vol 9 - June 21, 2019 (Getting med school transcripts into ERAS, Are you military matching?)

Vol 10 - June 28, 2019 (Instructions on obtaining a surgery and/or a Med/Peds chair letter. NRMP has a new tool called Residency Explorer, Emergency Medicine application guide from The Council of Emergency Medicine Residnecy Directors)

Vol 11 - July 5, 2019 (Getting transcripts into ERAS reminder, MSPE next steps, Info on upcoming Neuro Residency Application Workshop, New NRMP Match Tools)

Vol 13 - July 12, 2019 (Preparing To Apply In ERAS, Rad Interest Group Meet and Greet, Transcript Reminder, MSPE Next Steps, New NRMP Match Tools)

Vol 14 - August 12, 2019 (New Video on Using Outcomes to Chart Your Path Through the Match, How to Obtain Your Photo, Financial Wellness Webinar, NRMP Match Opening Reminder, Preparing to Early Apply In ERAS, Transcript Reminder, MSPE Next Steps)

Vol 15 - August 19, 2019 (Good and well priced interview attire, Preparing for the opening of applying to prorams in ERAS,  ENT application info session, Registering for the NRMP Match, MSPE Next Steps, Resources)

Vol 16 - September 3, 2019 (Transcripts dur by Sept 13th, Photos reminder, You can begin applying in ERAS on Sept 5th, Register for NRMP starting Sept 15th, MSPE process next steps, Resources, Key dates)


Charting Outcomes in the Match (2018)
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

2019 NRMP Match Data and Statistics

2019 AUA Urology Match Data and Statistics

2019 SF Ophthalmology Match Data and Statistics

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. Complete one interview using InterviewStream and share it with your MSPE writer one week prior to your meeting. They will review prior or during your meeting and offer feedback. How To Conduct a Practice Interview and Share it Using InterviewStream
  3. 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.
  4. Complete any other assigned tasks designated by your MSPE writer. 

NRMP Match

NRMP Match Checklist
2018 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.

AUA (Urology) Match

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

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