Letters of recommendation

A Guide to Medical Residency Letters of Recommendation

(Content Updated: May 25, 2018) Letters of Recommendation (LoRs) have the power to make or break your medical residency application. According to the NRMP® Director Survey, Letters of Recommendation rank #2 among the top 5 most important factors when reviewing a residency candidate’s application. The strongest Letters of Recommendation are: Recent – Within one year
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2016-17 IMG Residency Timeline and Checklist

IMG U.S. Medical Residency Application Timeline and Checklist The Main Residency Match application season can confusing and difficult to navigate, below is a timeline of events for the Main Residency Match® from start to finish.   June 2016: Start Your Program Research June 21, 2016: ERAS® Tokens available to IMG applicants Have you applied and
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ERAS Changes 2016-17

Every year, AAMC’s® ERAS® makes changes to their timing and systems to try and make the residency application process run more smoothly and efficiently for applicants. This year is no different, and the changes are bigger and better than ever. Here are the ERAS changes you can expect this year that have been released**: Timeline:
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Welcome to the 2016-17 Residency Match Season

It’s that time again! Welcome to the 2016-17 Medical Residency Application and Match Season. As this year’s season progresses and beyond, we here at Match A Resident will be posting information pieces, advice, and more to help you become better informed throughout your preparations, application, Match, and Post-Match. General Residency Application Timeline June: Prepare to
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Why Didn’t I Match? 14 Reasons You Could Have Failed to Match

The Match Week® is now over. At this point, those who Matched are celebrating and preparing to enter their respective residency positions, and those who didn’t Match are left wondering, “Why didn’t I Match?” Of course, the ultimate reason residency candidates do not Match is the sheer number of applicants compared to the number of
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Selecting Programs During the Post-Match SOAP

At 11 a.m. (EST) on Monday, March 13th, residency candidates who participated in the Main Residency Match® through NRMP® will fall into one of three categories: Fully Matched – You have received a position that will give you full training for licensure (usually a Categorical position or Preliminary/Advanced combination) Partially Matched – You have received
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The First 4 Hours: The Importance of Utilizing Professional Assistance on Day 1 of Match Week

While you can click to view the full timeline for the Post-Match SOAP® here, it’s truly important residency candidates understand the tricky timing and limited nature of the Monday of Match Week. One of two things with happen, Monday, March 14, 2017. Either you will be Fully Matched, or you remain Unmatched/Partially Matched. If the first
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NRMP® Policies during the SOAP and the Main Residency Match

The Post-Match SOAP® can be a difficult and frustrating few days. You wouldn’t want to make a tough situation worse by unwittingly breaking any of NRMP’s® policies. Below is a list of NRMP® Policies to be aware of which affect residency candidates during the SOAP and the Main Residency Match®. **Please Note: Breaking NRMP’s policies
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The Top 4 Mid-Application Season Questions

At this point in the residency application season, many candidates have similar questions about what is normal to expect, and what they should be doing to best maximize their chances to receive and conduct interviews. Is it too late to apply? The short answer is no. Your chances for receiving interview invites might not be
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