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.
Each fourth-year medical student is assigned to a career advisor who provides one-on-one career mentoring.
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.
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Due to the ongoing uncertainty related to the Covid-19 pandemic, all deadlines and information may be subject to change. The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine Career Advising team will be monitoring and updating information received from AAMC, ERAS, NRMP, and individual programs as they become available. The general advising calendar provides current dates and timelines.
Please note that we will add information from announcements as it is received. This list will not be comprehensive.
First Meeting with Career Advisor:
Individual 30‐60‐minute meeting with your career advisor to discuss specialty choice and fourth year schedule.
- MSPE Meeting & Advisor Meetings
• Schedule your Medical School Performance Evaluation (MSPE)
meeting with Dr. Fromme
• Continue to meet with your Career Advisor to finalize specialty choice
and develop an application strategy
• Meet with your specialty advisor to discuss program selection
• Work on your personal statement and CV
• Ask for LORs
Prepare your residency application
- Personal Statement Check‐In with Career Advisor
• Review and finalize your personal statement with your Career
Advisor’s input (can be done over email)
Optional Workshop: Optimizing Your Personal Statement
- MS4 Class Meeting #1: Residency Application Overview
• Review the timeline for the residency application process
Learn details and strategy for assembling your application
- MS4 Class Meeting #2: ERAS Overview
• Learn the logistics of applying for residencies via the Electronic
Residency Application System (ERAS)
- Program List Meeting with Career Advisor
• Schedule a 30‐minute meeting with your Career Advisor to review
your program list for depth and breadth
• Practice interview strategies
MS4 Class Meeting #3: Interviewing for Residency
- Learn tips from UCM Program Directors on how to interview successfully
- Learn about the Alumni Residency Hosting Program
Deadline to take Step 2 CK
Rank List Meeting with Career Advisor
• Schedule a 30‐minute meeting with your Career Advisor to discuss strategies for finalizing your rank list.
MS4 Class Meeting #4: Preparing Your Rank List
• Learn how to enter your rank list and strategies for finalizing it
Submit your Rank List by 8 pm CST
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.
- Target date for completing early match applications.
Interview & Decide Your Rank Order
- Accept interviews quickly
- Meet with your career advisor after you're done interviewing to discuss how to rank your programs
- November 6th - All Urology program interview offers extended (must accept or decline by Monday, 11/9)
- Deadlines for submitting SF Match and AUA rank lists
- Notification of match results
- January 12, 2021 - AUA rank list deadline
- January 25, 2021 – San Francisco Match (ophthalmology rank list deadline)
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.
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 email@example.com or 888-303-0030.
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Note: The 2021 Residency Interview process will be managed entirely through remote interviews.