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).

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, MSPEs, medical school transcripts, USMLE transcripts and other documents from the student and the medical school to the residency programs chosen by the student.

Access to ERAS usually starts in May. 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

Practice Interviews

Practice interviews are offered to students applying for residency. These interviews provide students with opportunities to practice and enhance their performance skills.
Practice Interviews are scheduled in September, October, and November. Contact the Office of Student Affairs for more information.

Residency Information Dinners

Residency Information Dinners are scheduled for the summer before the fourth year of medical school. The dinners bring together students, department chairs, residency program directors, and chief residents to answer all questions about the residency application process and life in that specialty.