Residency Match

Workshops and Recordings

Personal Statement Workshop, Class 2018 (July 6, 2017)

  • Video Recording
  • Personal Statement - A segment copied from the AAMC's Choices Newsletter plus an article from the Annals of Internal Medicine. Provides good advice on the goals of the personal statement and how to write the statement so it best conveys your potential.

Interview Info Session, Class 2018 (October 11, 2017)

ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service)

Sign in to ERAS

About ERAS

Tools and Worksheets for Residency Applicants 
Guides, checklists and worksheets to help residency applicants complete the MyERAS® application.

ERAS How-To Guides

Screenshot guides:



The medical school is happy to offer the free online interview practicing tool InterviewStream. This tool will allow you to practice your interview skills by listening to recordings of actual medical residency interview questions and recording your responses. All you need is a computer with a webcam. You can then record your answers and share this recording with your MSPE writer and anyone else you wish to view. They can then provide an assessment and feedback on your "interview". You can do as many times as you wish and share with anyone with an email address. The system will save all your recorded "interviews" so you can watch and share at anytime.

We have pre-packaged two interview question sets in the system for you: Group A Questions, and Group B Questions. The “Group B Questions” set contains general questions (as found in Group A set) plus additional questions specifically for students that have had academic difficulties or required additional time to complete medical school. Select the question set most appropriate for you. Or do both, as you can do as many times as you want.

2014 UMN Directors Survey

What do directors expect applicants to bring with them to an interview? Should you email or mail a thank you note? How should you dress? All these and more were asked to our University of Minnesota Residency Directors. View survey answers.



Residency Match Timetable
Overview of the full matching process

Class 2019 Residency Application Process Guide
Detailed guide to the residency application process for late 3rd-year and 4th-year use.

Strolling Through the Match (AAFP)
Produced annually by the AAFP, this guide provides plenty of links and straightforward advice on applying to programs and getting the residency and career you want.

Roadmap to Residency: From Application to the Match and Beyond
Published by the AAMC, the Roadmap provides comprehensive information about the process of making application to graduate medical education programs in the United States. It includes a description of candidacy requirements, factors involved in specialty choice, possible criteria for residency selection, and information about matching processes, program visits, and potential application outcomes, as well as about the transition from medical school to residency.

Personal Statement
A segment copied from the AAMC's Choices Newsletter. Provides good advice on the goals of the personal statement and how to write the statement so it best conveys your potential.

The University of Minnesota Ophthalmology Match Guide
Published by the UMN Department of Ophthalmology, this guide is extremely helpful for students applying to the San Francisco Ophthalmology match. Includes information on letters of recommendation, timelines, personal statements, application submission, transitional years, and interviewing.

CV Template


Charting Outcomes in the Match (2016)
These reports document how applicant qualifications affect match success. Ten to twelve measures are examined in the reports, including the number of contiguous ranks in preferred specialty, the number of distinct specialties ranked, USMLE® Step 1 and Step 2 CK scores, and the numbers of research experiences, publications, and work and volunteer experiences.

Characteristics of UMN Matched Senior Medical Students 2015-17
Contains tables for all of the 29 specialties to which UMN students matched. Each table compares data on matched seniors with the 25th, 50th, and 75th percentiles for all medical schools. Data for the 2015, 2016, and 2017 Matches have been combined to produce this report


NRMP Match Data

Visit the NRMP webpage for all published data from the NRMP, including:

  • Results and Data: Main Residency Match
  • Match Results by State, Specialty, and Applicant Type
  • Program Results
  • Results of the NRMP Applicant Survey
  • Results of the NRMP Program Director Survey

Selection Criteria for Residency Directors
Study published in Academic Medicine, Vol. 84, No. 3 / March 2009. Assess the relative importance of criteria used for residency selection in 21 medical specialties given current available data and competitiveness of specialties.

Apply Smart
As you consider the number of residency programs to apply to, you should do so in light of your complete application and personal circumstances. But you may not know where to start the process. So researchers at the AAMC conducted a study with the goal of helping anchor your initial thinking about the optimal number of applications. This webpage contains the result of that research.

University of Minnesota Medical School Match Results and Statistics
Contains the match results for the most recent match and past matches for the U of M Medical School. 

Researching Residency Programs

Fellowship and Residency Electronic Interactive Database Access System (FREIDA)
FREIDA Online is a database with over 7,800 graduate medical education programs  accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, as well as over 200 combined specialty programs.

Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE)

All MSPE appointments are an approved absence from rotations. Please request the time off and work with your rotation to plan for your absence. 

Prior to your MSPE appointment, you must:

  1. Write a draft of your Noteworthy Characteristics and email to one week before your scheduled meeting. Noteworthy Characteristics Guidelines and Examples
  2. Complete one interview using InterviewStream and share it with your MSPE writer one week prior to your meeting. They will review prior or during your meeting and offer feedback. How To Conduct a Practice Interview and Share it Using InterviewStream
  3. Create and bring a copy of your CV to your MSPE meeting with your assigned writer. A template is available in case you do not already have a CV.
  4. Complete any other assigned tasks designated by your MSPE writer. 

NRMP Match

NRMP Match Checklist
2018 Match Calendar



SF Match (Ophthalmology)

The Iowa Guide to the Ophthalmology Match
This guide, plus the instructions available in the SF Match website, are two of your best resources for understanding the Ophthalmology match.

AUA (Urology) Match

Visit the AUA match website for more information about the AUA Match.

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