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.


Specialty Response to COVID-19

Ophthalmology SF Match New System and Timeline

Urology Match Timelines 

O-SLOE letter for EM- Newly implemented 2020 standardized letter of evaluation for Off-Service or Rotation

Emergency Medicine- 2020 statement from EM Academic Bodies on Advising Students 

Because of the changes to the calendar, please check dates under the Timeline for Regular Match and Timeline for Early Match, which are being updated regularly.

  • Personal Statement Workshop (7/21/20): Guide
  • Personal Statement Workshop (7/21/20): Presentation
  • Personal Statement Workshop (7/21/20): Worksheet


  • Class of 2020 MS4 Class Meeting 3 (1/22/20): Agenda
  • Class of 2020 MS4 Class Meeting 3 (1/22/20): Slide Show
  • Class of 2020 MS4 Class Meeting 3 (1/22/20): Minutes

Please note this list is not comprehensive. It is compiled from announcements and invitations that we have received.

Residency Virtual Open Houses

Plan for the Residency Process

  • MS3 Class Meeting 
  • Sign up for the Senior Scientific Session
  • Visit the Graduation page & book hotel rooms
  • Schedule an MSPE Appointment with H. Barrett Fromme, MD, MHP
  • Meet with a career advisor to determine career and specialty choice
  • Explore specialty web resources
  • Sign up for USMLE Step 2 Exam 
  • Edit your CV
  • Schedule an 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
  • Personal Statement workshop w/Dr. Woodruff
    •  May 7th at 5 pm and July 21st at 5 pm via Zoom
  • June 8, 2020: ERAS Opens
    • Applicants can register in MyERAS and begin working on their applications

Finalize Your Residency Application

  • Read and approve your MSPE
  • Choose programs to which you wish to send applications
  • Take the Step 2 USMLE Exam(s)
  • September 1, 2020: Begin submitting applications to residency programs via ERAS
  • September 15, 2020: Register for NRMP 
  • Read and approve your MSPE
  • Choose programs to which you wish to send applications
  • October 21, 2020: MSPEs (Dean's Letters) are released
  • October 21, 2020: Residency programs may begin reviewing applications 
  • December 1: Pritzker's deadline for students to take USMLE CK exam 
  • Accept interviews quickly within 1-2 days
  • Applicant Registration deadline at NRMP
  • Meet with your career advisor after you are done interviewing to discuss how to rank your programs
  • Determine your rank order list 
  • Apply online to graduate 
  • Review your transcript for accuracy and contact Maureen Okonski with any concerns
  • February 1, 2021: Rank order list entry begins via the NRMP
    • Applicants and programs may begin entering their rank order lists at 11:00 am CST
  • Fill out the AAMC Graduation Questionnaire. Pritzker has historically had an over 90% response rate multiple years in a row. 
  • March 3, 2021: NRMP rank order list certification deadline 
  • March 15-19, 2021: Match Week! 


  • 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
  • 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 or 888-303-0030.

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

Note: The 2021 Residency Interview process will be managed entirely through remote interviews.