Residency Applications


DateResidency Application
June 8, 2020Students can register in ERAS and begin working on their application
September 1, 2020Students can begin submitting applications to ERAS
September 15, 2020San Francisco Match target application date (exact dates vary by individual residency program)
September 15, 2020NRMP registration begins
October 15, 2020Military match applications and rank lists due
October 21, 2020ERAS applications are released to residency programs
October 21, 2020MSPE is released to residency programs
Mid-December 2020Military match results released
January 12, 2021Urology rank order lists due
January 25, 2021San Francisco Match rank order lists due
February 1, 2021San Francisco Match results released
February 1, 2021Urology Match results released
February 1, 2021NRMP rank order system opens to students and programs to enter preferances
March 3, 2021NRMP rank order lists due
March 15, 2021NRMP Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program (SOAP) begins
March 19, 2021NRMP 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