Planning and Applying for Residency

Residency Matching Program

In July of the fourth year, students who are planning to graduate should sign up with the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). In February, students will give the NRMP their lists of residency programs in which they’re interested. Any student who decides to take a fifth year or chooses a career that doesn’t require residency training may withdraw from the match.

  • We recommend that students read carefully the rules and regulations of the NRMP at

Researching Residency Programs

During the summer of their final year, students should get information about hospitals and residency programs in which they are interested. A good way to start is by consulting FREIDA (Fellowship and Residency Electronic Interactive Database Access System). Go to or These websites provide the names and addresses of program directors and data on most residency programs.

The AMA Green Book is another good source for residency information. It is available in the Office of Student Affairs Career Resource Center, located in the Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library, Sterling Hall of Medicine, 333 Cedar St.

The Career Resource Center also keeps on file information describing residency programs and career specialty choices, along with evaluations of training programs by previous graduates. We encourage students to e-mail our graduates for information about their residency program experiences. 

When you find a residency program that looks promising, go to the program website. It will have information on application deadlines, required number of letters of recommendation and other important application information.

Applying for Residency

The Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) transmits applications, letters of recommendation, Dean’s Letters, medical school transcripts, USMLE transcripts and other documents from the student and the medical school to the residency programs chosen by the student. The registrar will meet with students in July to go over the ERAS application process.

Access to ERAS usually starts about July 15. Before that, the associate dean will meet with students to review the application process. 

Specialty Match

The specialty match, also known as the “early” San Francisco Match, is treated separately, and the process of applying, interviewing and entering rank order lists occurs much earlier. Information on specialty matches is available at