As Match Day draws closer, every medical student is filled with excitement and anticipation. On the third Friday of March each year, students learn where they will go for their residency training.
Match Day is an important milestone in a doctor’s career as residency training is the final step to becoming a licensed physician. Residency programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and they last from three to seven years.
Useful pointers to get a successful residency match
The residency match is a lengthy process that revolves around a centralized online application service called the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). The program admissions team examines the applications and picks medical students for residency interviews based on their grades and performance in USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK). A Ranked Order List (ROL) is created after the interview screening process where residency programs and medical graduates rank each other.
Attaining a successful residency match is crucial for a medical student. Here are some factors that will help you improve your rank and likelihood of gaining a successful match.
The residency is a period of on-the-job training where students will learn and practice in-depth medical tactics. Good grades are proof that you have put in the effort and are enthusiastic about your success.
Excellent letters of recommendation
Letters of recommendation written by those who know your capabilities allow your potential match to see the confidence others place in you. For certain specialties like Emergency Medicine, a letter of recommendation is extremely crucial.
A good personal statement
A personal statement speaks about you as a person and your experiences. It illustrates how you will fit into a particular culture and fulfill a potential match’s needs. It’s necessary that you demonstrate sincerity and highlight your ability and aspirations so that your statement has a strong impact.
Medical Student Performance Evaluation
Along with good grades, you will be evaluated on your Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE), which shows how well you performed at medical school. This written transcript of a student's performance allows program reviewers to objectively compare applicants. Hence, it’s important to put in your best efforts at medical school to get good scores for residency.
During residency, you make the shift from being a student to being a doctor, so professionalism is required and expected from the start. This includes everything from the way you dress to how you interact with the patients, staff, and other doctors. It is important to demonstrate your ability to be professional during your residency interviews.
At Medical University of the Americas, over 1600 graduates have attained residency matches. The university also leads in the USMLE Step 1 exam with an outstanding first-time pass rate of 98%. Check out our 2022 MUA graduates’ residency placements.
To learn more about the MD Program, click here!
Get in touch for more information
Top 10 free resources for medical students
We’ve set out our top 10 free resources for medical students in this handy guide.
How to hone your clinical medicine knowledge
Learning how to hone your clinical medicine knowledge can be an ongoing challenge.
Why you should study medicine abroad
There are many reasons to study medicine in another country, and we'll outline just a few of them here.
How to ace your virtual medical school interview
Focusing on these valuable tips for virtual interviews can help you prepare and boost your confidence.
How To Improve Your Med School Application
If your dream is to become a doctor, you'll soon discover that medical schools are highly competitive, and getting accepted can be complicated.
How to Succeed in Medical School
One of the most important things you can do in medical school is to learn how to study efficiently. You will have a lot of coursework and material.
A guide to writing a medical school personal statement
If you are like most prospective medical students, you would have spent a significant part of your life preparing to submit a personal statement.
What is hematology and what does a hematologist do?
Hematologists are internal medicine doctors who specialize in disorders related to blood and the lymphatic system.
How to become an Endocrinologist?
Endocrinology is the study of hormonal glands and the diseases and disorders that affect them.
How to become a pediatrician?
Discover pediatric medicine and how to become a pediatrician, with average salary information and how you can start your pediatric medicine journey
How to become a psychiatrist?
Learn about the critical role of psychiatrists, as well as how long it takes to become one and average salary data for psychiatrists in the US.
How to become an ER doctor
If you are thinking about a career in emergency medicine, MUA’s guide can help you make a decision.