Resources

The Road to Residency

Everything you need to make your Match

To help guide and prepare students through the process of deciding on a career specialty and applying for residency, the staff at the Pritzker School of Medicine provides students with a comprehensive career development program.

Career Advising
Each fourth-year medical student is assigned to a career advisor who provides one-on-one career mentoring.

MSPE Director
The MSPE Director, H. Barrett Fromme, MD, MHPE, is responsible for meeting with all fourth-year students, overseeing the construction of each student’s Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE), and reviewing the MSPE with each student.

Residency Advising Meetings
Class meetings are held throughout the fourth year to answer questions about ERAS and issues of residency.

Away Rotations
Are you entering a specialty where an away rotation is recommended? Learn more about away rotations.

 

  • MS4 Meeting 2 (7/8/19): Agenda
  • MS4 Meeting 2 (7/8/19): Slide Show
  • MS4 Meeting 2 (7/8/19): Minutes
     
  • MS4 Meeting 3 (9/25/19): Agenda
  • MS4 Meeting 3 (9/25/19): Minutes and PD Panel Discussion
  • MS4 Meeting 3 (9/25/19): Dr. Weber's PowerPoint
  • Dr. Woodruff's Tips for Interviewing
  • MS4 Meeting 4 (1/22/20): Agenda
  • MS4 Meeting 4 (1/22/20): Slide Show
  • MS4 Meeting 4 (1/22/20): Minutes

Plan for the Residency Process

  • Meet with a career advisor to determine career and specialty choice
  • Explore specialty web resources
  • Sign up for USMLE Step 2 CK & CS
  • Edit your CV
  • Schedule a MSPE Appointment with H. Barrett Fromme, MD, MHPE
  • Begin contacting faculty for letters of recommendation
  • ERAS tokens are distributed

Prepare your residency application

  • Write and finalize your personal statement
  • Complete ERAS application
  • Register for the NRMP

Finalize Your Residency Application

  • Read and approve your MSPE
  • Choose programs to which you wish to send applications
  • Take the Step 2 CK & CS USMLE Exams
  • ERAS begins transmitting applications to residency programs
  • Applicant registration at NRMP begins at 11:00 am CST
  • MSPEs (Dean's Letters) are released
  • Accept interviews quickly within 2-3 days
  • Participate in the Alumni Office's Interview Hosting Program with a Pritzker graduate
  • Applicant Registration deadline at NRMP
  • Meet with your career advisor after you are done interviewing to discuss how to rank your programs
  • Pritzker Deadline to take Step 2 exams
  • Determine your rank order list
  • Apply online to graduate
  • Review your transcript for accuracy and contact Lori Orr with any concerns
  • Rank order list entry begins via the NRMP. Applicants and programs may start entering their rank order lists at 11:00 am EST.
  • Fill out the AAMC Graduation Questionnaire. Pritzker historically has had an over 90% response rate multiple years in a row.
  • MATCH DAY!

Prepare To Graduate

  • Sign up for the Senior Scientific Session
  • Visit the Graduation page & book hotel rooms
  • Fill out your licensure & medical verification materials
  • Consider continuing on with disability insurance

The timeline for ophthalmology (SF Match), urology (AUA Match) and the military match closely follow the timeline for the regular match above, except for a few key differences noted below.

  • Urology applicants can register online at the AUA website.
  • Applicants in ophthalmology can register online at the San Francisco Matching Service to begin working on their applications.
  • Military match participants should check with their branch of service to being the residency application process.
  • Target date for completing early match applications.

Interview & Decide Your Rank Order

  • Accept interviews quickly
  • Participate in the Alumni Office's Interview Hosting Program with a Pritzker graduate
  • Meet with your career advisor after you're done interviewing to discuss how to rank your programs
  • Deadlines for submitting SF Match and AUA rank lists
  • Notification of match results

Want to save money on your residency interview trips? Looking to make alumni connections where you might be living next year? The HOST program matches you with Pritzker alumni during your residency interviews.

The link to request a host will be live in September 2019.

A member from the Medical & Biological Sciences Alumni Association will email you throughout the process and update you on alumni availability. All requests must be made no later than two weeks prior to the requested host date. This will increase your chances of having an alumni host.

Though alumni hosts cannot be guaranteed in every city, we encourage students to submit requests in all geographic areas. Be aware it can take several days or weeks to locate a host for your stay.

If you have any further questions, please contact the alumni office directly at alumni@bsd.uchicago.edu or 888-303-0030.

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