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®) has created an online tool -- the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS®) -- to facilitate 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 even 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



Strolling Through the Match

For a comprehensive guide of the Match process from start to finish -- including the timeline, process, and tips on ranking programs -- download this all-in-one resource from the AAFP.

Download Strolling Through the Match »(84 page PDF)