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Class of 2015. RESIDENCY APPLICATION STEP BY STEP. Unique Characteristics. Submit your Unique Characteristics Paragraphs. 2 paragraphs 125 words each Deadline i s June 1 st !. Personal Statements. Personal statements should be one page, single-spaced in length.

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class of 2015
Class of 2015



unique characteristics
Unique Characteristics
  • Submit your Unique Characteristics Paragraphs.

2 paragraphs

125 words each

  • Deadline is June 1st!
personal statements
Personal Statements
  • Personal statements should be one page, single-spaced in length.
  • Separate personal statements for different specialties
  • 2 Variations on the same personal statement for prelim/transitional and advanced programs
  • Can do individualized personal statements for each program although you risk assigning an individualized personal statement to the wrong program
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Personal Statements
  • Focus on why the specialty is a perfect fit for you
  • “Lovin’ the vanilla,” but other flavors are okay too.
  • It’s okay to make it a bit


  • When in doubt, play it safe!
letters of recommendation
Letters of Recommendation
  • Ask faculty for letters of recommendation
  • Letters must be on letterhead and signed.
  • Can be emailed as a PDF file to or mailed to OSA office.
  • Faculty can also upload letters directly to ERAS.
  • Target deadline for letters to be submitted is September 5th.
  • Check the Student Directory to see what letters have been submitted.
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Letters of Recommendation
  • You can submit up to 4 letters through ERAS
  • The MSPE (Dean’s Letter) does not count as one of the four letters.
  • The Departmental or Chairman’s Letter does count as one of the four.
  • You do not have to send the same four letters to each program.
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Letters of Recommendation

Departmental Letters Required for:

Anesthesiology Urology

Emergency Medicine Pediatrics

Otolaryngology General Surgery

Internal MedicineOrthopaedics

Plastic Surgery Neurosurgery

Obstetrics and Gynecology

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Letters of recommendation

No Departmental Letters for:

Dermatology Pathology

Family Medicine Psychiatry

Neurology Radiology


Radiation Oncology

ama freida and eras
AMA Freida and ERAS
  • Gather information about residency programs.
  • Access the AMA Freida Program at

  • Work on your ERAS application.
  • Check for individual program application deadlines and requirements.
the eras application
The ERAS Application

The components of the application are:

  • MyERAS (Application and Personal Statement)
  • 3-4 Letters of Recommendation
  • Photo - Email to
  • MSPE
  • Transcript
applying through eras
Applying Through ERAS
  • Complete MyERAS application.
  • Follow up on letters that have not been submitted.
  • Assign Letters of Recommendation
  • Review your transcript
  • Review your MSPE. Make sure that all of the courses are included and grades are correct. You may not change the content of the letter.
submitting your application
Submitting Your Application
  • Submit application beginning

September 15th.

  • Applications should be complete by October 1st including all letters of recommendation.
  • MSPE’s are released October 1st.
the national residency matching program
The National ResidencyMatching Program
  • Register for the NRMP on their website at www.nrmp.orgbeginning on September 15, 2014.
  • Deadline for registration is November 30, 2014
  • You must register to participate in the Match!
residency interviews
Residency Interviews
  • Will begin in October and November
  • Busiest months are December and January
  • Interview Workshop will be held in late September
  • Interview Skills Workshops

in September and October.

entering your rank order list
Entering your Rank Order List
  • Rank Order List entry begins on January 15, 2015
  • Deadline to enter lists is

February 25, 2015.

  • First choice correspondence/phone calls should be made by early February.
match day
Match Day

Friday, March 20, 2015

early matches
Early Matches



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Early Matches
  • Application submission target dates are at the beginning of September.
  • Interviews take place in late October, November and early to mid December.
  • Request an early transcript from the Office of the Registrar.
ophthalmolgy match
Ophthalmolgy Match
  • Conducted by the San Francisco Matching Program
  • Three Letters of Recommendation are sent with your application. Also requires a college transcript.
  • Results are released on January 14, 2015
  • Students apply for internship positions through ERAS and register for the NRMP.
  • Match is run by American Urologic Association (AUA)
  • Application process is through ERAS
  • Check application deadlines for programs
  • Results are released in late January 2015.
careers in medicine
Careers in Medicine


Getting into a Residency

Log in with your AAMC ID.

questions and help
Questions and Help

Office of Student Affairs


Barbara Wagner

Dr. Jon Morris

Carrie Barjenbruch

Nancy Murphy