Optimize and Apply/ Match

Optimizing Your Application
In order to have a successful residency match, there are many steps along the way.  Use the information below to help strategically guide you throughout the process.

MS-3 Year

  1. Discuss elective scheduling with your Academic Advisor
    Specialties Page
  2. Review specialty specific residency application information
  3. Begin gathering letters of recommendation
    How to ask for a LoR
    Specific considerations and process for requesting a LoR  
  4. Register with ERAS
    Early in your MS-3 year, you will receive a token from resapp@umn.edu to be able to activate your account so that you can begin compiling letters of recommendation. ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service) is the online system used for applying to residencies that are in the main residency match.  It is used to compile official documents and materials (including personal statements, letters of recommendation, official transcripts, Medical Student Performance Evaluation, USMLE transcripts, and your photo) and to apply to specific residency programs.  
    ERAS User Guide
  5. Review the Very Short Guide 
  6. Develop Relationships
    Meet with Residency Directors of specialties you are interested in pursuing
  7. Assess competiveness and fit
    Charting Outcomes in the Match - NRMP Report
    Residency Explorer Tool
    Careers in Medicine Assessments and Specialty Comparison Tool - contact resapp@umn.edu if you need help accessing.
    Advance Data Tables 2022 Main Residency Match
  8. 2022 Opthalmology Residency Match Summary Report
    Urology Match Statistics

MS-4 Year - Applying and Matching

  1. Become familiar with The Match Timeline
    General Timeline - NRMP
    Pdf of timeline and milestones
  2. Review Guides and Presentations
    Class 2023 Residency Match Guide 
    Attend Residency Launchpad and Review Materials 
    Attend Becoming a Doctor and Intersession
  3. Learn about Match Programs
    A. NRMP (Main Match)
    Video of the process for medical students
    B. San Francisco Match (For Opthalmology)
    C. Urology Match
    D. Military Match
  4. Access Data and Tools
    A. NRMP Data
    B. San Francisco Match Data
    C. Urology Data
    D. Residency Explorer
    E. Texas STAR:  Each year, UT Southwestern provides a crowd sourced database as a resource for medical students to assess competiveness and inform residency application strategies.  Access is provided by the Office of Student Affairs and the Career and Residency Match Coordinator.  Monitor your email and other forms of annoucements to be able to access the current data.  
  5. Get to know specialty and program specific applications and requirements
    A. FREIDA (Fellowship and Residency Electronic Interactive Database) and Video Tour
    B. ACGME (Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education) 
    C. Internal UMN Specific Specialty and Progam application requirements
  6. Register with ERAS (Electronic Residency Application System)
    Applicant Worksheet
    User Guide
  7. Understand the MSPE (Medical Student Performance Evaluation)
    Overview of the MSPE document slides
    Noteworthy Characteristics
  8. Create Personal Statements
    Meet with your Faculty Advisor and other trusted mentors for feedback on your Personal Statement, an important part of the residency application.
  9. Prepare for Interviews
    It is important to invest time preparing for residency interviews in order to shine.  Take advantage of the online system, Big Interview Medical, to review curriculum and practice.  Login using your umn credentials to access this resource that is provided free of charge to you by the Office of Student Affairs.
    Big Interview Medical