Residency Roadmap

Residency Roadmap

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



  • 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

Residency Year


  • 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.

To get a better understanding of the Match, talk to your Kaplan Medical Advisor. Register for a free 30-minute advising session.