This all boils down to submitting your ERAS application! What does that mean!
This is a much fancier version of a basic job application and is like the medical school application you filled out 3 to 4 years ago.
- Personal statement
- Letters of recommendation
- Entering information into the ERAS system — essentially creating an electronic CV
- Automatic uploads from your medical school, i.e. transcripts etc.
- Authorized release of board scores (USMLE and/or COMLEX)
- Most importantly, selecting what programs you want to apply to
After getting all this information uploaded, you submit it and it blasts out to all the programs you selected.
Your ERAS application (as well as thousands of others) has ended up in the review bin of
programs throughout the country. Using algorithms, cut-off values, personal statements, and possibly witchcraft,
programs select a fraction of applicants to invite for interviews.
You will typically get an email invitation from a program (more about that later) and will need to quickly
secure one of the interview slots provided. This process can be logistically challenging, expensive, and exhausting.
Once secured, you show up for your interview day, interview, and fly/drive/walk/swim either back home or to your next interview.
RANK LIST CREATION
This is the final outcome of the interview and application process.
It is the last step in the process you have any control over. You create a list of the programs that you want to
go to residency at in order of preference. While you are making a list of programs in preference order, the
programs are making a list from all the candidates they interviewed, also in preference order.
This is where some confusion takes place. Nothing you have done up to this point is “The Match”.
The Match is the process of taking the ranked lists from ALL applicants and ALL programs and feeding it into some
kind of supercomputer run by psychic mice in a secret underground moon base. After several weeks, The Match
completes and each applicant is slotted into a spot in a program (or, unfortunately, some applicants don’t match
and some programs don’t fill all their spots. More on that later).
NEXT: Application →
Here are a few resources and articles in no particular order that have information about the residecy application
process. We are not endorsing these sites or the information in them, and these sites in no way endorse Resident Rye Catcher.