Improve Your Application
The strength of your residency application supporting documents is absolutely essential to your success in finding your residency Match. There are aspects of your application you cannot control, but you can control how programs view you through enhancing the rest of your application documents.
You will want to pay the most attention to your:
Letters of Recommendation -
You will need at least three per specialty. The strongest Letters of Recommendation are specialty specific, recent (within a year of applications), and from US clinical experience such as clinical rotations, Externships, Clerkships, or Sub-Internships. Even if you have flaws in your application,strong Letters of Recommendation can prove you are better than low USMLE exam scores.
Personal Statement -
You will need a minimum of one per specialty. They should be specialty specific and well crafted. The Personal Statement is the key place in your application to address your red flags and how you feel you’ve grown, developed and changed to better improve yourself. For professional Personal Statement assistance, visit Residency Statement.
ERAS Application -
This document must be fully completed and entirely error free. Fill out all of the sections which require content and do not underestimate the value of the Hobbies section. If you have red flags within this document, use any of the written sections to carefully explain the situation.