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Guide to the Match 2011. Junior Class Meeting January 21, 2010. Residency Positions. Categorical - programs that begin in the PGY-1 year and provide the training required for board certification in medical specialties.

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guide to the match 2011

Guide to the Match 2011

Junior Class Meeting

January 21, 2010

residency positions
Residency Positions
  • Categorical - programs that begin in the PGY-1 year and provide the training required for board certification in medical specialties.
  • Preliminary - one-year programs beginning in the PGY-1 year that provide prerequisite training for advanced programs.
  • Advanced - programs that begin in the PGY-2 year after one year of prerequisite training.
the match
The “Match”
  • Process by which students apply for and are “matched” to residency training programs.
  • There are several kinds of “Match”
  • Not all residency programs participate in a Match.
  • Some Match participants offer positions outside the Match.
  • National Residency Match Program (NRMP)
  • Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS)
  • San Francisco Match
  • American Urological Association
  • U.S. Armed Services
main match
Main Match
  • Main Match: Sponsored by the NRMP. The main match offers PGY-1 and PGY-2 level residency training positions in most specialties.
  • Couples Match: Part of the Main Match. Couples can link their program choices together so that they can be matched into a combination of programs suited to their needs.
residency programs participating in eras

Child Neurology (Neurology)


*Emergency Medicine

*Emergency Medicine/Family Medicine

*Family Medicine

*Internal Medicine

*Internal Medicine/Dermatology

*Internal Medicine/Emergency Medicine

*Internal Medicine/Family Practice

*Internal Medicine/Pediatrics

*Internal Medicine/Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

*Internal Medicine/Preventive Medicine

*Internal Medicine/Psychiatry


*Neurological Surgery

*Nuclear Medicine

*Obstetrics and Gynecology

*Orthopaedic Surgery

*Otolaryngology*Pathology-Anatomic & Clinical


*Pediatrics Dermatology

*Pediatrics/Emergency Medicine

*Pediatrics/Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

*Pediatrics/Psychiatry/Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

*Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

*Plastic Surgery


*Psychiatry/Family Practice


*Radiation Oncology



*Transitional Year


*Vascular Surgery (Integrated) !

Residency Programs Participating in ERAS

* Indicates specialties that participate with the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP)

main match resources
Main Match Resources
  • National Residency Match Program (NRMP)
    • A private, not-for-profit corp. established in 1952 to provide a uniform process for applicants seeking residency positions

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Main Match Resources
  • Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS)
    • a service that transmits residency applications, letters of recommendation, Dean's Letters, transcripts, and other supporting credentials to residency program directors using the Internet.

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Main Match Resources
  • Rank Order List Input Confirmation System (ROLIC)
    • Applicants and programs enter their Rank Order Lists via the Web using NRMP code and password.
  • The NRMP is not an application service or a job placement service.
  • Applicants must apply directly to residency programs in addition to registering for the Match.
  • Most programs participate in the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS), which transmits residency applications to program directors via the Internet.
  • Applicants must register with both NRMP and ERAS to participate in the services of each.
early match programs
Early Match Programs
  • Early Match: collection of specialties that operate outside the Main Match. An earlier match process.
    • San Francisco Match
    • American Urological Association (AUA)
    • Military Match, U.S. Armed Services
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Early Match Programs
  • The San Francisco Match provides matching services for:
    • Child Neurology/NDD
    • Ophthalmology

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Early Match Programs
  • The American Urological Assn. (AUA)
    • Provides a matching service for Urology Residency Programs
    • An Early Match

military match programs
Military Match Programs
  • U.S. Army

  • U.S. Navy
  • U.S. Air Force

  • Participants in the Early Match should also register for the Main Match.
    • Some early match specialties require a PGY-1 preliminary year
    • Main Match can serve as an effective backup strategy
eligibility to participate in match 2011
Eligibility to Participate in Match 2011
  • The applicant has been determined by the dean of student affairs to be on schedule for graduation in the year of the Match (2011)
  • The applicant must be eligible to begin graduate medical training by July 1, 2011
  • Fellowship and Residency Electronic Interactive Database (FREIDA)
    • a database containing information on approximately 7,500 graduate medical education programs that are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), as well as on 200 combined specialty programs.

additional resources
Additional Resources
  • Careers in Medicine
  • Strolling Through the Match
  • Financing your Medical Education
  • January – April 2010
    • Decide on specialty
    • Determine what type of Match is involved
    • Externships: investigate & request applications
  • January – April 2010
    • Utilize Resources:
      • Careers in Medicine
      • Strolling through the Match
      • Office of Professional Development and Career Guidance
  • January – April 2010
    • Advising Dean assignments
    • Senior Schedules (March)
      • Line up research projects for the senior year
      • Start planning externships
        • AAMC Extramural Electives Compendium
        • Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS)
  • February – April 2010
    • Residency Program Directors Meeting

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

3:00 – 5:00PM

RMSB 5th FL Auditorium and Labs

    • Career Advising Dinner

April 13, 2010


RSMAS “The Commons”

    • CV & Personal Statement Workshop

View workshop online and samples online

  • May - June 2010
    • Select specialty
      • Start creating list of programs
      • Determine which Match is involved
    • Work on application materials
      • Biographical information sheet
      • Introduction to Dean’s Letter
      • Curriculum vitae
      • Personal statement
  • May - August 2010
    • Meet with Advising Deans
    • Request letters of recommendation
    • Schedule externships
    • Review Junior Clerkship evaluations!
    • Register with NRMP, ERAS and/or other matching programs
    • Register for USMLE Step 2 CS, CK
  • September - December 2010
    • Complete applications and all support materials
    • Confirm receipt of letters of recommendation
    • Dean’s letter released to all programs: 11/1/10
    • Schedule and go to interviews
    • Complete early match rank order lists
  • January - February 2011
    • Submit rank order list to NRMP (Main Match)
    • Finish interviews
    • Early and Military Match results released
  • March 2011
    • Match results released
    • Scramble
    • Match Day Celebration!
2010 ummsm early match results
2010 UMMSM Early Match Results
  • Ophthalmology: 5/5
  • Military Match: 4/4
special issues
Special Issues
  • The USMLE Step 2
  • Externships
  • The Dean’s Letters
  • Couples Match
usmle step 2 ck and cs
USMLE Step 2 (CK and CS)
  • Check to see what the requirements are for each program you apply to.
  • Take the exams early
  • Reasons to go on an externship
    • Audition for a program
    • Audition a program / city
    • Take advantage of a unique educational experience
externships ummsm requirements
Externships: UMMSM Requirements
  • Must submit letter stating that you have been accepted to the program
  • Must leave contact information with the Office of Student Affairs
  • Must submit an evaluation upon your return
    • See handout for instructions
  • Failure to comply with policies will result in no credit for the rotation!!
the medical student performance evaluation
The Medical Student Performance Evaluation
  • “The Dean’s Letter”
  • A letter of evaluation, not a letter of recommendation (don’t worry, we still recommend you)
  • The content of the letter is non-negotiable
the couples match
The Couples Match
  • Identify yourself ASAP so we can plan orientation meetings.
  • Let programs know if you intend to participate in the Couples Match.
  • Let programs know early if you have other special issues!!!
approaching the match be realistic
Approaching the Match:BE REALISTIC!
  • When considering a specialty, consider the competitiveness of the specialty, the program, and your application.
    • Grades
    • Awards
    • Board Scores
    • Research
    • Extra-curricular activities
percent of matches by choice 2009 u s seniors
Percent of Matches by Choice, 2009 U.S. Seniors

Second Rank


Third Rank


First Rank


Fourth Rank


≥ Fifth Rank


objective structured clinical evaluation osce
Objective Structured Clinical Evaluation (OSCE)

June 5-6, 2010