We have a condensed guide on the steps and timeline required for a successful residency application. Medical students are advised to start the application process in the fourth year, no later than May. Aside from the application, other requirements include the completion of the required electives and/or USCE (United States Clinical Experience). USCE gives every candidate a higher chance to be picked for residency in the US. Based on his/her performance, the candidate has an opportunity to receive recommendation letters (LORs) while getting familiar with the United States healthcare system.
Here is a monthly timeline for a typical residency program.
- Decide on what area of medicine you want to specialize in.
- Register for the step two CS.
- Ensure that your residency survey/schedule medical student performance evaluation is completed within this month.
- Your letters of recommendation and personal statement should be ready by this month.
- You may review your decision on the preferred area of specialty (if necessary). If not, stick to what you had already decided in May.
- Your ERAS application should be completed by this time. Also, review your Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE).
- Do your National Residency Matching Program registration.
- This month kickstarts the interview for residency. MSPE should be ready by this period.
November – January:
- Interviews in progress
- Deadline for rank order list
- Matching begins