Residency Applications


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​Obtaining a residency position is a two-step process: 1) applying for residency and 2) matching into a residency ​program

Residency Application Timeline​

Date Residency Application
​September 5, 2019 Students can begin submitting applications to ERAS
​September 15, 2019 ​NRMP registration begins
​​October 1, 2019 ​MSPE is uploaded to ERAS and released to programs
​​December 11, 2019 ​Military Match results released
January 2, 2020 ​Urology rank order lists due
January 7, 2020 San Francisco Match rank order lists due
January 14, 2020 ​San Francisco Match results released
January 17, 2020 Urology Match results released
February 26, 2020 ​NRMP rank order lists due
March 16, 2020 ​NRMP Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program (SOAP) begins
March 20, 2020 NRMP Match results released – “Match Day”

Understanding “The Match”

NRMP – The National Resident Matching Program. Every specialty area, with the exceptions of Ophthalmology and Urology, use NRMP to match applicants with their respective program. ​NRMP provides an impartial venue for matching applicants’ preferences for residency positions with program directors’ preferences for applicants. Each year approximately 16,000 U.S. allopathic medical school seniors and 15,000 graduates of osteopathic, Canadian or foreign medical schools compete for approximately 24,000 residency positions. – The NRMP Match is in March.

SF Match – The San Francisco Match program handles Ophthalmology residency programs. The SF Match is in January.

Urology Match – The Urology Match program (through the American Urological Association) handles Urology programs. The Urology Match is in January.

Military Match – The Military Match is in December.


Residency Application Components

Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) – Every specialty area, with the exception of Ophthalmology, uses ERAS as the residency application service.​
Click on the following links for information about preparing the components of your ERAS application:

1. Personal Statement

2. Curriculum Vit​ae (CV)

3. Letters of Recommendation

4. The M​SPE (formerly “Dean’s Letter”)

5. Medical sc​hool transcript

6. USMLE Score Report

7. A photo of the student


Final Steps

  • Review your transcript
  • Review your MSPE
  • Select your programs of interest
  • Send your applications to programs by September 15
  • Plan out your interview schedule
  • Prepare for residency interviews. This ​PDF gives examples of residency interview questions that you can use to practice and prepare for your interviews.


Selecting a Residency Program

  • Review and compare by exploring their websites
  • Discuss options with your advisor
  • Talk with UW SOM graduates who attended the residency programs
  • Research programs with American Medical Association’s FREIDA
  • Look at the Residents in Medicine (RIM) list

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