Department of State Announces Moving Forward with Visa Processing for Medical Professionals

As of today, March 27th, 2020, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) has signaled that it would again resume the processing of both J1 and H-1B visas. This is extremely important for over 4,200+ international medical graduates (IMGs) who Matched into U.S. residency positions in the March 2020 Match Cycle.  For those IMGs who do
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Coronavirus Impedes Match Day Celebrations

Millions of people have been affected by the outbreak and continuing threat of the coronavirus. One group that has been particularly affected (outside of course those who have fallen ill) is students. The predominant reason is that students at schools and universities often find themselves put together in densely populated groups – whether that be
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SOAP Preparation

5 Steps to the Best Post-Match SOAP Preparation 2020

The Post-Match Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program® (SOAP®) is not an option most residency candidates want to consider until they absolutely have to. And, that is very understandable! Thinking about the Post-Match may feel like thinking about the possibility of not receiving a Match through the Main Residency Match®— which can be a very scary thought. But, if
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No More Standardized Video Interview (SVI) – AAMC Discontinues SVI

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) has made an interesting decision that will affect thousands of applicants in the coming years. After launching their initial pilot program in 2016, the AAMC decided that there will be no more Standardized Video Interview (SVI) beginning in the 2020-21 residency application cycle. The SVI initially launched as
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Successful Residency

The Hidden Secret of a Successful Residency Interview Season

Congratulations! You have gotten a few interviews for medical residency under your belt. Hopefully, you will be scheduling even more, working towards a successful residency interview season.  But, are you about to be making the same mistake that thousands of other residency applicants have made before?  The truth is, as memorable as your experiences seem
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Too late

When is it Too Late to Apply to ERAS for Residency?

It might be mid-October, November, or even later and you are asking yourself, “Am I too late to apply to ERAS for medical residency?” In short, it is very possible that some programs’ application deadlines have already passed and applying to them would simply be a waste of time and resources. However, what about the
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4 LoRs ERAS

Should I Apply to ERAS With 3 or 4 LoRs?

You must apply to residency programs using a minimum of 3 Letters of Recommendation. However, you can upload as many as 4 LoRs. So, should you apply to programs on ERAS with 3 LoRs or 4 LoRs??  The question confuses residency applicants each and every year, and it is very understandable as to why. The
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Should I Wait Until I Have All My LoRs Before Applying to ERAS?

As with all tricky questions regarding applying through ERAS for medical residency, let’s get one thing straight. There is no “right” answer to whether or not you should wait until you have all your LoRs before applying to ERAS. However, we’ll do our best to explore the pros and cons of possible solutions. First, let’s
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Residency Reapplicant

Do Programs Know if I’m a Residency Reapplicant on ERAS?

There is nothing in ERAS (at the time of publishing this article) that indicates or tells programs whether or not you are a residency reapplicant.  If you applied to ERAS in years past, the only way programs will know this is if you applied to their program directly and they happen to recognize your name
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