Matching to a residency program doesn’t happen in a day. Follow this map to find your way to success:
2 Years Before Residency
- Apply for ECFMG authorization to register for the USMLE.
- Become familiar with and begin the process for certification including medical diploma verification.
1 Year Before Residency
- What type of doctor will you be? Research specialties and programs. Consider where you have the best chance for interviews.
- Begin working on your personal statements. Take advantage of Kaplan’s new ResidencyPrep service with 3 rounds of feedback on your personal statement.
- Be sure to have USMLE® Step 1 exam completed. Allow 4-6 months to prepare.
- Schedule your Step 2 CS test date. Seats fill up fast. Some programs require ECFMG-certification before applying.
- Request your ERAS token.
- Start requesting letters of recommendation.
- Strengthen your application with U.S. clinical experience. Find the right opportunities and take advantage of them. Be diligent; it may be a challenge but well worth the effort.
- Take Step 2 CK to have results by September. Allow 3-4 months to prepare, and at least 8 weeks for your score!
- Register with the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).
- Collect those recommendation letters and put the finishing touches on your personal statement.
- It’s time to finalize your documents. Submit to ERAS early.
- Consider taking USMLE® Step 3. It could strengthen your residency application if you have deficiencies such as gaps between your clinical experience and the time you apply.
- AAMC’s My ERAS opens! Apply early and stay organized.
- Step 1 and Step 2 CK scores are strongly encouraged to be considered for interviews.
- If you need a visa that permits clinical training activities, check on the status.
- It’s time for interviews. Get ready with Kaplan’s ResidencyPrep service.
- Be patient as many programs invite interviewees into January
- If you haven’t yet, submit your rank order list.
- Get your match results.
- If you didn’t match, consider the Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program (SOAP) to find your spot.