Residency Application Toolkit

roadmap to residency

Finding your specialty and your path to residency can be exciting and challenging. The Office of Student Affairs is here to help you navigate this journey through one to one meetings, group sessions and connecting you to resources. Our goal is to maximize your potential as you search for the residency program that is the right fit for you.

MEDICAL STUDENT EXPERIENCE

MS3

  • Immersion in Core Clinical Rotations & Career Exploration
  • Consider Clinical Audition Rotations

MS4

  • Residency Application & Interviews
  • Residency Match
  • Explore Sub-Specialty Rotations
MS3 to MS4 progression

MS3

  • 4th Year Planning Meeting
  • Roadmap to Residency Sessions
  • Specialty Nights

MS4

  • Residency Strategy & Dean's Meeting
  • Roadmap to Residency Sessions

CAREER ADVISORY SUPPORT

 

Resources for Residency:

  • Guide to the Transition to Advanced Clinical Practice: An comprehensive guide to the fourth year of medical school at GW, created by the Dean’s office.  This guide provides key information about choosing a specialty, arranging your fourth year schedule and applying to residency.
  • Your Specialty Advisor: During the third year of medical school, all students are required to identify one or more specialty advisors in your area(s) of interest. Your specialty advisor will assist you in planning your final year of study, advise you about the specialty, and steer you through the residency application process. Each year, an updated list of advisors selected by each department is made available for students. Look under “Advisors and Clerkship Directors” and find your class year. 
  • Careers in Medicine: A comprehensive career advising resource for students from the American Association of Medical Colleges. It includes articles, videos and tools to guide you through the process of exploring careers in medicine, choosing a specialty and applying to residency.
  • AMA FREIDA: A database of (most) residency programs in each specialty across the country.
  • Charting Outcomes in the Match: The National data from each match cycle is posted here. You can search by specialty to learn more about the Match outcomes for the specialties you are considering.
  • Residency Program Director Survey: This contains survey data from residency program directors across specialties. Find out what program directors in each specialty value and look for in a residency candidate.
  • NRMP: National Residency Match Program.  This is the website through which you rank your residency programs (after you interview) and they coordinate the Match process. 
  • ERAS: Electronic Residency Application Service.  This is the site through which (most) students apply to residency.
  • SFMatch: San Francisco Match.  This is the site through which ophthalmology or plastic surgery-bound students apply to residency.
  • Urology Match: This is the site through which Urology-bound students apply to residency
  • Special Career Advising Tips for Military Scholarship Recipients: This is a previously prepared slide deck that gives an overview of career advising tips for Military/HPSP students and still contains useful information
  • Texas STAR: This is a database that allows you to search for residency programs and compare your statistics/qualifications with previous applicants who have matched in the specialty of choice. The data in this site is from post-Match student-reported survey data from across the country.
  • AAMC Residency Explorer: This is another database that allows you to search for residency programs and compare your statistics/qualifications with previous applicants who have matched in the specialty of choice. The data in this site is from the NRMP match data.
  • MedMap: This database allows you to search by location for residency programs by specialty in geographic areas of choice. It can also be useful to search by more than one specialty if you are considering couples matching and want to find locations where both specialties have programs.