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Residency Application Timeline


  • Begin drafting your Curriculum Vitae (CV) – Start to document the following:
  • All awards as well as extracurricular, volunteer and research activities
  • USMLE 1 Score
  • Start to contemplate whom from your third year attending's you would like to write some of your letters of recommendation (LoR). You might start asking letter writers to create LOR’s depending on your specialty and early rotations, but remind them that they will not be able to upload letters until you create your ERAS application in July.

MSIII Winter

  • Identify which Office of Student Affairs (OSA) Dean you would like to write your MSPE and advise you. For a listing of our OSA Deans, please visit: 
  • Attend the fourth year scheduling meeting.
  • Begin to request LoR's.
  • If you are Military, Urology and Ophthalmology matching check their specific timelines. They are early match programs.
  • Create your 4th year schedule.
  • Create your personal statement.
  • Research programs of interest and find out their requirements and deadlines.

MSIII Spring

  • Have your photo taken by Photo and Graphics Group.
  • Go into MedScope and create your Unique Characteristics bio bullets. This is located in MyMedScope under the career tab. For a unique characteristics bio bullets sample, click here.
  • Send your completed CV to OSA. (Meet with Dawn Roberts if you need help)
  • Fill out your Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS) application and load your profile. For questions about VSAS, please contact: Tami VaDamme.
  • Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) tutorial will be given by Dawn Roberts. This meeting will go over the timeline for the residency application process and the strategies and logistics of assembling your ERAS application. 
  • Tokens (to register for MYERAS) will be emailed to you in mid-April. You will be able to begin working on your application.
  • Authorize automatic transmission of your USMLE score.

MSIV Summer


  • Schedule your meeting with your chosen OSA Dean through Medscope.
  • Meet with your OSA Dean regarding your MSPE. This one-on-one meeting will take about 30-60 minutes. The OSA Dean will go over your fourth year schedule and your specialty choice.
  • Your CV must be on file in the Office of Student Affairs.
  • Your unique characteristics bio bullets must be uploaded to MedScope. For a unique characteristics sample, click here. 


  • Meet with OSA to go through the ERAS application, LOR upload and assignment process.


  • After July 1st, Register for one or more of the Match programs.
  • Personal statements should be completed 
  • Continue to request LoR's
  • Complete selection of programs of interest
  • Begin applying to residency programs
  • Apply and pay for programs
  • Assign all documents (except transcript and photo) to each individual program. (Do this as documents are available instead of waiting for everything to be in for a given program.)

MSIV Fall 


  • Review MSPE for errors
  • Certify and submit your MyERAS application on September 15th. Your goal should be to have everything except perhaps a few LOR's uploaded into ERAS by no later than September 15th
  • OSA will have your transcript uploaded to ERAS by September 15th.
  • Programs will begin receiving and viewing applications on September 15th.
  • USMLE transcripts should be released to ERAS automatically. You will need to manually release any USMLE scores you receive after September 15th.
  • Attend the interview workshop hosted by Office of Student Affairs.

October 1 

  • MSPE submitted to programs.
  • All LoR's should be uploaded.

MSIV Winter


  • Attend the fourth year annual meeting that is hosted by the Office of Student Affairs

MSIV Spring

  • Graduation.