Medical School Performance Evaluation (MSPE)
Sometimes, the MSPE is referenced by students and others as the dean's letter. The MSPE 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 a MSPE in many schools entails a meeting with your dean or his/her designee so that it can reflect some personal insight into your performance and career goals.
October 1 is the standard release date for the MSPE. Whether you’re applying to all of your 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 DL/MSPEs for fellowship applicants. They are available to fellowship programs as soon as they are transmitted from the EFDO.
Other questions you will want to address in preparation for the MSPE are:
- When can you begin scheduling appointments to visit with the dean?
- Whom should you contact to schedule an appointment?
- What resources should you have in preparation for your meeting with the dean? Should you have a draft of your CV and personal statement ready? What other information, such as transcripts, list of potential residency programs, etc., should you bring along?
- How do you obtain MSPE to send to residency programs that are not participating in ERAS?
- How long does it take for MSPE to be drafted, signed and sent out?
- Will you have the opportunity to review your MSPE before it is sent out?
Strolling Through the Match
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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