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Helpful planning if I don’t match: Getting ready for SOAP . Jean Lantz, Assistant Dean March 2012. Who should be meeting with OSA prior to SOAP?. Did you go to only a few interviews ? Did you have a short rank list (< 6 programs)? Did you limit yourself geographically?

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who should be meeting with osa prior to soap
Who should be meeting with OSA prior to SOAP?
  • Did you go to only a few interviews?
  • Did you have a short rank list (<6 programs)?
  • Did you limit yourself geographically?
  • Did you only apply to a competitive specialty?
  • Did you have “problems” with your application and/or your interviews?
  • Do you have a “gut” feeling that you will not match?
how do you prepare for soap
How do you prepare for SOAP?
  • Review NRMP’s webcast & Jean Lantz’s Q & A
  • http://chicago.medicine.uic.edu/student_services/osa/m4/
  • During the week of March 5-9 (prior to SOAP), meet with your OSA advisor, OSA dean or faculty advisor/mentor now. It does not mean that you will not match but you will be better prepared, just in case you don’t
  • Discuss important issues and identify options before SOAP begins
questions to consider prior to soap
Questions to consider prior to SOAP
  • Should you participate in SOAP?
  • What are your realistic options in SOAP?
  • Should you pursue a different specialty?
  • Should you apply to a wider geographic area?
  • When you make career decisions, do you need help or support from others to make a quick decision?
  • Do you have extenuating personal circumstances?
  • Should you consider delaying graduation?
review your eras documents
Review your ERAS documents
  • Should you prepare a new personal statement?
  • Do you need new letters of recommendation?
  • Should OSA upload an updated transcript showing more M4 year clerkships?
  • Prepare your ERAS documents ready for SOAP in advance.
soap at uic
SOAP at UIC
  • Report to OSA ASAP on Mon March 12th- after 11:00 am
  • Respect confidentiality of all SOAP participants
  • Meet with OSA deans and advisors to discuss SOAP strategy
  • Bring a friend/family member, if desired, to help with decision-making, provide assistance, support
  • Bring laptop, lunch provided
  • OSA will work with your course director to obtain an excused absence
applying to soap using eras
Applying to SOAP using ERAS
  • ERAS – used exclusively for applying SOAP
  • No cost for ERAS in SOAP
  • Mon Mar 12 noon – apply max 30 programs
  • Wed Mar 14 11:00 am – apply max 10 more programs
  • Thu Mar 15 11:00 am – apply 5 more
soap details
SOAP details
  • Programs lead communication, not you
  • Programs could request phone, Skype, or in-person local interview
  • Three hours for each mini match round
  • Be ready to accept a position if offered. Same contract rules as the main match.
  • Unfilled list updated as positions fill
soap details1
SOAP details
  • SOAP ends for you when you accept an offer
  • No other offers will be made to you
  • Binding contract through NRMP
  • Notify OSA of exact position accepted
  • SOAP position added to Match results, envelope at Match Day, etc.
  • Respect confidentiality of all SOAP participants
match week wednesday
Match Week – Wednesday
  • Wed March 14 – offers begin at 11:00 am; second round offers 2:00 pm
  • Thurs March 15 – offers 8:00, 11:00, 2:00 pm
  • Fri March 16 – offers 8:00, 11:00, 2:00 pm
  • Offers are good for 2 hours
  • Encourage accepting first offer received
match day friday
Match Day – Friday
  • Attendance at Match Day encouraged
  • SOAP results envelope available just like other students
  • SOAP result on web site and Commencement program just like other students
soap questions

SOAP questions?

Contact Jean Lantz, jlantz@uic.edu

312-413-3274