From start to finish, the residency application process is an endless maze of never-ending tasks. Residency candidates are expected to study for and take USMLE exams, request transcripts and an MSPE, write multiple, perfectly crafted Personal Statements, ask for and submit Letters of Recommendation, fill out the lengthy MyERAS Application, research hundreds of residency programs, apply to programs you choose, follow up with those programs, interview, rank and participate in Match Week.
One of the most stressful times in the process is researching programs while trying to prepare the rest of your residency application, especially during high season in late August to mid-September. Everyone has different program research methods, for example, you can view two common resident profiles below.
Candidate A and Candidate B have very similar applicant profiles, but their research methods could not be more different.
Candidate A spent countless hours moving through multiple sources of residency requirements, checking and double checking potentially outdated information or static methods of delivery. While well meaning, program websites update erratically and do not always have all of the requirements an IMG needs to know--which can cost you financial resources you can’t afford to waste. Public databases have thousands of inconsistent entries with no options to customize nor filter.
Candidate B was able to access all of the residency program information they needed to know in one easy-to-use source with accurate and consistent requirements and exclusive additional information for each program on their already-personalized list. They also were able to use the many residency features and organizational tools to make their program selections and residency application process more streamlined and efficient.
Traditional program research using inconsistent sources can be financially costly, stressful and a major drain on the time you need to prepare your ERAS Residency Application properly. Having access to Match A Resident for your residency research during the residency application season will provide you with the tangible advantage of fast, reliable program research that is tailor made for you.