MD Career Advising

MD Career Advising

Medical Student Year 4: Getting into Residency

  • Research residency training programs through the AMA's FREIDA Online or Graduate Medical Education Directory (i.e., the green book)
  • Define your preferences using the Residency Preference Exercise
  • Begin reviewing and comparing residency programs
  • Register with ERAS and begin preparing residency applications (i.e., CV, letters of recommendation, personal statements)
  • Register with the NRMP for the Main Residency Match
  • Register for early Match programs, if applicable
  • Complete applications and designate programs to which your materials will be submitted
  • Take USMLE Step 2
  • MSPE released October 1
  • Interview with residency programs
  • Rate programs using the Residency Preference Exercise
  • Early Match deadline early–mid January
  • Rank your selections for the NRMP Main Residency Match
  • Match Day (third Friday in March)


  • Begin requesting Letters of Recommendation
  • Begin submitting CVs and Personal Statements
  • MSPE (aka Dean’s Letter) preparation begins
    • Create “Notable Characteristics” from Template provided by Student Affairs

May through November

  • USMLE Step 2CK and 2 CS completed
  • Externship rotations
  • Complete AI


  • NRMP opens
    • Begin NRMP application process for residency programs
    • MSPEs due to Student Affairs by early to mid-August
    • MSPE appointments begin with Collegium Director

September - November

  • Complete ERAS application by September 15th
  • MSPE appointments conclude with Collegium Director by September 11th
  • Mock interviews
    • Workshop or one-on-one
  • Residency Programs
    • Begin downloading applications on September 15th or later
    • Begin inviting candidates for interviews (process may take until mid-November)

October - February

  • MSPEs released on October 1st
  • Interviews
  • Military Match in December
  • Early Match (Ophthalmology, Urology, Child Neurology) in January