The medical school performance evaluation (MSPE) is also called the dean’s letter and is an important part of your application for residency training. Guidelines have been created to assist medical schools with developing an evaluative tool indicative of the applicant’s entire medical school career. The process of creating an MSPE in many schools entails a meeting with your dean or his or her designee so it can reflect some personal insight into your performance and career goals.
Medical school performance evaluations are released to residency programs on October 1 each year. Whether you’re applying to all of your desired programs via ERAS® or via other channels, schools will not release the MSPE until October 1. ERAS is programmed to embargo the MSPE at the ERAS PostOffice until 12:01 a.m. on October 1. The only exception is MSPEs for fellowship applicants. They are available to fellowship programs as soon as they are transmitted from the ERAS Fellowships Documents Office.
Questions to address in preparation for the MSPE:
The American Board of Medical Specialties requires all participating specialty boards to have guidelines for professionalism as part of specialty certification and recertification. Applicants are required to answer questions concerning felony or misdemeanor convictions.
This publication was developed to help you make appropriate decisions about your professional career and to learn more about the process of getting post-graduate training.
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