Many do not like to think about this, but it happens every year. Many students go unmatched for one reason or another, and many residency spots go unfilled. It’s very important to have a good understanding of the process involved with this scenario if you are faced with this on Match week.
Keep a clear mind because you are not out of the game yet. If one goes unmatched they still have a week to match into a program and move forward with their fellow students. The student must enter the SOAP on the Monday of Match week. This is a stressful process, but it’s important to be on your A-game during this week because this is your last shot for the year. You will have multiple rounds where all of the residency programs that have gone unmatched will now be available to you. You will be able to potentially match into any specialty. Some students even match into more competitive specialties than they were shooting for in the first place. Even though this may be true in rare circumstances, this process is not glamorous at all. You enter your top choices round after round in the hopes that a spot will be offered to you. Thursday will be the last possible day, and Match Day will commence on Friday.