Preparing Your Residency Application

Providing complete and accurate information about yourself is crucial to connecting with residency programs during The Match Process.

The National Resident Matching Program® (NRMP®)  Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS®) is the online tool that facilitates the collection and sharing of information between students and residency programs. As you prepare for The Match, you will create a personal profile in ERAS, view program information, request letters of reference and other documents, and apply to residency programs all through the ERAS system.

Each part of your ERAS profile is important and has a part to play in representing who you are, your skills, interests, and achievements so far. Explore the links below for specific insight into each part the residency application and tips on how you can make the most of your application.


Understand the
Electronic Residency
Application System

The Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) is an online tool used to automate the residency and fellowship application process. Most residency programs use this tool for the Match process.

Letters of Reference

Your letters of reference reflect of your academic performance and  also serve as an important source of information about your noncognitive qualities.

Curriculum Vitae (CV)

This resume-like document summarizes your educational and professional accomplishments and highlights your distinctive interests and activities.

Personal Statement

Here's your opportunity to introduce yourself to program leaders and residents in a more direct and personal way.

Medical Student
Performance Evaluation

This evaluation of your medical school career also includes personal insights from your dean regarding your performance and career goals.

Requirements for International Medical Graduates

International Medical Graduates (IMGs) must meet certain criteria in order to apply for U.S.-based residency programs. Learn about IMG requirements »

Strolling Through the Match residency guide



Updated for 2018: Strolling Through the Match

This practical resource from the AAFP is a must-read for students interested in a career in family medicine. Get your copy now for updated information on navigating the Match process, access to helpful timelines, and tips on applying to and ranking programs.

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