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MATCH MEETING CLASS OF 2010. Tuesday, April 28, 2009. The Match. 4200 programs 25,000 residency positions 37,000 applicants 16,000 2009 grads US schools 21,000 independent. Agenda for this afternoon. Alphabet soup – what do all those acronyms mean?

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Match meeting class of 2010

MATCH MEETING CLASS OF 2010

Tuesday, April 28, 2009


The match
The Match

4200 programs

25,000 residency positions

37,000 applicants

16,000 2009 grads US schools

21,000 independent


Agenda for this afternoon
Agenda for this afternoon

  • Alphabet soup – what do all those acronyms mean?

  • How does the match process work?

  • Timeline – what do I need to do when?

  • HELP! Who do I go to for what?


1 alphabet soup
1. Alphabet Soup

  • AMA data base of residencies FREIDA

  • Program that runs the computer which matches applicant to program NRMP

  • Program that runs the computer service for ophthalmology, child neurology: SF match

  • Application document service for most of you ERAS

  • Application document service for some of you CAS


1 alphabet soup1
1. Alphabet Soup

ERAS (for most), CAS (for a few) = the service that collates and submits all the documents you enter to the programs you choose

NRMP (for most), SF match, Urology Match, Military Match = computer service that actually matches applicant with program according to the rank lists submitted

YOU WILL NEED TO REGISTER FOR BOTH:

  • one or more document distribution systems

  • one or more match systems



How does the match work

YOU

Complete app

Send to programs you are interested in

Accept and go to interviews

Complete your rank list

THEY

Download apps

Offer and carry out interviews for candidates in which they are interested

Complete their rank list

How does the Match work?

the Big Computer in the sky (NRMP/SF) compares lists,

matches you with the highest of your choices possible


How does the match work1
How does the Match work?

THE MATCH AGREEMENT IS A LEGALLY BINDING CONTRACT

If you enter the NRMP or SF match, you are obligated to accept your placement. As with any contract, there are significant legal consequences for breaking the contract.


actual application

C-V items – ERAS format

Transcript

USMLE

Personal Statement

photo

Letters of Recommendation

Residency Application


Timeline

DO:

Bio form

Meet with AD about MSPE (Dean’s Letter)

Identify core advisors in specialties of interest

Register for USMLE

THINK ABOUT:

What do I want do do when I grow up?

Electives – M4 schedule

Letters of recommendation

TIMELINE

NOW-JUNE


Usmle deadlines
USMLE DEADLINES

  • Step 2 CK – MUST TAKE by Nov 30 – NO EXCEPTIONS!

  • Step 2 CS – MUST TAKE by Dec 31 - NO EXCEPTIONS!

    Why?

    You cannot graduate until you have passed step 1, step 2 CK and CS


Timeline1

DO:

Department dinners

Meet with dep’t advisors

Careers in Medicine

(AAMC)

THINK ABOUT:

What do I want do do when I grow up?

What do I need to do to clarify specialty choice?

What type of program?

Geography issues?

TIMELINE

Now -June


Timeline2

DO:

Put together CV

Meet with letter writers

Meet with department chair (s)

Meet with AD to review MSPE

Get copy of transcript

Personal statement

THINK ABOUT:

What do I want do do when I grow up?

What do I need to do to clarify specialty choice?

What type of program?

Geography issues?

TIMELINE

May - Aug

MAKE SURE YOU ARE REGISTERED FOR USMLE!


Timeline3
TIMELINE

July - Aug

DO:

  • Register with ERAS – July 15 myERAS opens to students

  • Need token (like a password) from Joanne Colligan

    • Your unique number will make sure all your info gets to the right places


Timeline4
TIMELINE

Aug

Letters of Recommendation:

  • Most programs request Chair’s letter and 3 additional

  • Can send different letters to different programs

  • At least 1 –2 from specialty in which you are applying

  • Ideal letter writers:

    • Full time faculty (not community faculty, not fellows, not residents)

    • Know you well

    • Higher the academic rank, the better


Timeline5
TIMELINE

Aug

Letters of Recommendation:

  • Meet personally with writers

  • Bring ERAS cover sheet, ERAS ID number

    • Therefore, you should be already registered for ERAS when you meet writers

  • Bring CV, personal statement if possible

  • Ask to have done by Sept 30


Mspe medical student performance evaluation aka dean s letter

5 sections:

Identification Data

Distinguishing Characteristics

Pre-clinical Record

Clinical Record

Summary Paragraph

APPENDICES

Evaluations from clinical years

Medical School Information Page

Grade Distribution Graphs

Preclinical Courses

Clinical Clerkships

MSPE Medical Student Performance Evaluationaka “Dean’s Letter”


Timeline6
TIMELINE

Sept - Oct

  • Complete application, upload on ERAS

    • Personal profile (CV), transcript, USMLE scores, personal statement

  • Meet with dept / specialty advisors

    • Strategy

    • Identify programs of interest

  • Send applications to programs of choice

    • 1st date available = Sept 1

  • Make sure letters of recommendation are in

    • ERAS has document tracking function


Timeline7
TIMELINE

Oct

  • Make sure application, including letters of recommendation, is complete

    BEFORE NOV 1

  • Meet with dept / specialty advisors

    • Interview strategy

    • Continue to identify programs of interest

  • Respond to early interview requests 


Timeline8
TIMELINE

Nov

  • MSPE released to programs Nov 1

  • Programs review app and offer interviews

  • Respond to interview requests 

    REMEMBER USMLE DEADLINES!!!


Timeline9
TIMELINE

Nov - Jan

  • Interviews

  • Remember clerkship / elective attendance policy

    • Non clinical time is available for interviews

    • A maximum of three days may be granted at the discretion of the course director as interview time.


Timeline10
TIMELINE

Jan - Feb

  • Finish up with interviews

    • Remember clerkship / elective attendance policy

  • Rank list

    • Work with your advisors!!!

    • Can work with at NRMP site, can re-order before final submission

    • Final list due mid Feb (exact date not yet avail)


Match day
MATCH DAY !!

NRMP Match:

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Noon EST


Early matches
Early Matches

  • Urology – through urol society (AUA) – link from SF

    • Applications over summer

    • Interviews in fall

    • List due end Dec / early Jan, Match mid Jan

  • SF match

    • PG 2 Ophthalmology

      • Sept 2 CAS

      • Jan 8 2009 deadline for list to SF match

      • Match date Jan 15

    • PG 3 child neurology

    • This year, Neurosurg will switch to NRMP

  • Military Match

    • Each branch has a system – individual advice


Other key issues
OTHER KEY ISSUES

  • Couples Match

  • PG 2 positions (anesthesia, radiology, dermatology, etc)

  • Shared Residency

  • Competitiveness of Programs

    • NRMP Data (nrmp.org)

    • Trends


General resources
GENERAL RESOURCES

  • Ken Iverson “Getting Into a Residency”

  • First Aid for the Match

  • Zone and “Careers in Medicine” site

    C-V

    personal statement

    preparation for interview


Web resources

Careers in Medicine website

www.aamc.org/students/cim

password: AAMC number

the ZONE

my class>residency

ama-assn.org/ama/pub/category

aamc.org/eras/myeras

nrmp.org

sfmatch.org

WEB RESOURCES


We re from the administration and we re here to help you
We’re from the administration and we’re here to help you!

Dr. Harvey and Dr. Pettigrew

Your Advisory Deans

  • MSPE

  • Any Questions, Problems, Concerns

    Joanne Colligan:

    ERAS, token, NRMP officer, early matches, entering letters of recommendation, Jaque of all things Match. etc!!!!

    Yvonne Harlow:

  • 4th year scheduling

  • Transcript info


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