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.


The AAMC has recommended residency programs use virtual interviews going forward in order to reduce the cost of interviewing for applicants and increase equity, align with residency applicant preferences for virtual interviews, and maintain a commitment to reducing environmental impact. The AAMC also acknowledges that not all programs will follow this recommendation and some may have important reasons for using a hybrid or in-person interview model. 

The AAMC has implemented a few notable changes or the 2024-2025 ERAS season, including changes to the fee structure.

ERAS Fee Structure

AAMC Fee Assistance Program

"Eligibility" Section

Hobbies & Interests

All deadlines and information may be subject to change. The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine Career Advising team closely monitors and updates information received from AAMC, ERAS, NRMP, and individual programs as it becomes available. The general advising calendar provides current dates and timelines.

The Pritzker School of Medicine Alumni Ambassador Program connects current students with Pritzker alumni. Sign up and select "Pritzker School of Medicine Student" as your membership type to begin connecting with alumni at residency programs across the country. 

View this short video tutorial to get started.

Please note that we will add information from announcements as it is received. This list will not be comprehensive. All times are Central.




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
  • Schedule a time to have your ERAS photo taken at Pritzker

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 - Monday , May 20 (via Zoom)

  • 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)

Deadline to take Step 2 CK

  • 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
  • Submit ERAS Application before late September deadline


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

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

Certify your Rank List by 8 p.m. CST

Match Day!

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
  • Meet with your career advisor after you're done interviewing to discuss how to rank your programs
  • Second half of October - All Urology program interview offers extended (must accept or decline in three days)
  • Deadlines for submitting SF Match and AUA rank lists
  • Notification of match results
  • AUA rank list deadline - TBD January 2025
  • San Francisco Match (ophthalmology) rank list deadline - TBD January 2025

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 or 888-303-0030.

Get discounts on airfare, car rental, and hotels here.

Note: The 2025 Residency Interview process may see more programs return to some degree of in-person interviews. While most programs remained virtual for residency interviews, many across specialties hosted in-person "second look" events after interview season. Many surgical programs (orthopaedic surgery, neurosurgery, ENT, general surgery) returned to all in-person for interviews last year. Additional programs could follow suit in 2024-2025.