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Guide to the Match 2011

Junior Class Meeting

January 21, 2010

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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.

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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.

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  • National Residency Match Program (NRMP)

  • Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS)

  • San Francisco Match

  • American Urological Association

  • U.S. Armed Services

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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.

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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)

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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.

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  • 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.

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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

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Military Match Programs

  • U.S. Army

  • U.S. Navy

  • U.S. Air Force

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  • 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

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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

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  • 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.

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Additional Resources

  • Careers in Medicine


  • Strolling Through the Match


  • Financing your Medical Education


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  • January – April 2010

    • Decide on specialty

    • Determine what type of Match is involved

    • Externships: investigate & request applications

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  • January – April 2010

    • Utilize Resources:

      • Careers in Medicine

      • Strolling through the Match


      • Office of Professional Development and Career Guidance


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  • 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)


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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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!

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2010 UMMSM Early Match Results

  • Ophthalmology: 5/5

  • Military Match: 4/4

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Special Issues

  • The USMLE Step 2

  • Externships

  • The Dean’s Letters

  • Couples Match

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USMLE Step 2 (CK and CS)

  • Check to see what the requirements are for each program you apply to.

  • Take the exams early

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  • Reasons to go on an externship

    • Audition for a program

    • Audition a program / city

    • Take advantage of a unique educational experience

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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!!

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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

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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!!!

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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

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Where’s the Data??

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Percent of Matches by Choice, 2009 U.S. Seniors

Second Rank


Third Rank


First Rank


Fourth Rank


≥ Fifth Rank


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Objective Structured Clinical Evaluation (OSCE)

June 5-6, 2010