The Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE), also called the dean’s letter, is an important part of your application for residency training. It helps residency programs gauge your performance from a mostly objective perspective.
Guidelines have been created to help medical schools evaluate the applicant’s entire medical school career. The Association of American Medical Colleges recommends that the MSPE include the following sections: identifying information, noteworthy characteristics, academic history, academic progress, summary, and medial school information. 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 Student 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.
To make sure letters are as accurate as possible, deans or their designees will hold short appointments with students. Getting answers to the following questions will help you ensure that you are prepared for this meeting and know what to expect from the process:
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.