Applying for residency is around the corner, so the question becomes—do you really need a checklist to stay on track? For some, the answer is an obvious yes. Others may be skeptical. From personal experience, the answer is a VERY OBVIOUS YES. I can’t say yes enough.
Having a checklist and something to help keep me organized and responsible is absolutely essential. So now that we’ve established a checklist is very useful, let’s talk about some absolute necessities for your applying for residency checklist.
- Choose a specialty.
- Complete your CV.
- Complete your Personal Statement.
- Schedule a meeting with your Dean who will be writing your MSPE.
- Register in ERAS.
- Create Letter of Recommendation (LoR) Slots in ERAS.
- Schedule appointments with faculty who you will ask to write your LoR.
- Have a professional headshot made for your ERAS application.
- Talk to the Program Director or Chairman for the specialty of your choice at your institution for specific guidance.
- Work on your ERAS and submit.
- Register in NRMP.
- Schedule a mock interview at your home institution before interviewing season.
- Prepare a list of questions you will be asking programs while interviewing.
- Schedule interviews.
- Submit rank order list.
- Prepare for a very special day—MATCH!
I understand that this is a checklist that may not be all-inclusive; however, this is a good place to start if you’re wondering what on earth you should be doing as a 4thyear medical student. Good luck!