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


  • Prepare to complete application materials such as the Personal Statement
  • Talk to your Letter of Recommendation Writers early  
  • Begin preparing to research and find residency programs
  • Learn about the residency application process
  • Obtain your ERAS® token from ECFMG® on June 21st (IMGs)
  • Begin uploading document into ERAS


  • Continue putting together your ERAS Application
  • Submit all the documents
  • Make sure your USMLE® Step 1, Step 2 CK and Step 2 CS are completed before September if possible
  • Research residency programs and select your program choices within ERAS


  • Certify and submit your applications starting September 6th (residency programs will begin receiving the applications on September 15th)
  • Register with NRMP® when it opens
  • Complete any missing application pieces
  • Continue finding and applying to more programs


  • Continue finding and applying to more programs
  • 6-8 weeks after applications contact programs you haven’t heard from with a Letter of Intent
  • Conduct interviews


  • Conduct interviews
  • Begin creating your Rank Order List® on NRMP


  • Complete any final interviews
  • Be registered with NRMP and finalize your Rank Order List by the Rank Order Deadline


  • Match Week/ The Match®
  • Post-Match SOAP®

Just getting started with the residency application process or need a refresher course?

Here are some helpful blogs from last year’s residency season to get you started. (These blogs will be updated as the season progresses and more information becomes available. Subscribe to receive the updated information)

  1. Full IMG Timeline and Checklist http://blog.matcharesident.com/img-medical-residency-application-timeline/
  2. All of the ERAS application components: http://blog.matcharesident.com/the-eras-components-break-down/
  3. Fees for the Application Process: http://blog.matcharesident.com/fees-to-apply-to-medical-residency-application/

There are also other posts about Letters of Recommendation, IMG friendly specialties, Interviews, and Rank Order Lists for you to explore throughout the blog.

If you need help with Personal Statements, visit Residency Statement’s informational blog.

Also, here are the official services to be familiar with:


ECFMG: Advocate and IMG services, your best friend. You will need to be ECFMG certified to start a residency.

AAMC: Home of ERAS, the main application website

NRMP: Home of The Match after you have applied to programs.


If you ever have any questions or need clarification about anything you read here, please contact us through:

(Email) support@matcharesident.com

(Phone) 760-904-5484 ext. 2


We will be happy to answer any questions about the residency application process, our services, or whatever else you might need. Whether you are a re-applicant, or this is your first time applying, best wishes to all residency candidates.  

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