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It is important that as you begin 3rd year you meet with your Career Counselor to go over any specialty/specialties you may interested. The Career Counselor will assist in providing strategies and tips that will efficiently help you when approaching your residency application.

For any questions or further information please contact:

Transitioning to Residency​

Residency Program Search​

  • Residency Explorer
  • ACGME:
    • ACGME can be used as a tool to search for Residency Programs
  • FREIDA Online:
    • Freida online will include important information about each program, such as, required scores for COMLEX and USMLE, application deadlines, interview period dates, % of DO trainees in the program, preliminary positions being offered at that program, and number of positions per year. Not only will you find this information, but much more.
  • Doximity
    • Doximity will be another resource that can be utilize to look up residency programs. It provides detailed information on the program and feedback from residents. It allows you to rank programs by reputation.
  • AOA Opportunities List:
    • AOA Opportunities List is a resource where you can find AOA Programs that have historically accepted DOs and they are now accredited by ACGME.

Residency Strategies​

Personal Statement

The residency application packet will consist of several documents and the Personal Statement (PS) is consider to be by some specialties the most important document during the residency application process. It will assist program directors with their applicant selection for interviews. It is important to make sure your PS is looked at by several people (preceptors, a mentor at BCOM, your Career Counselor, and most importantly a preceptor in the specialty you are interested in). Some of the topics to be discussed on your Personal Statement could be:

  1. What led you to choose your specialty?
  2. If you are not native from that state you are applying to, why would you be willing to relocate?
  3. What are you looking for or expect from a residency program
  4. Any future goals in the specialty or in medicine

Below you find some resources that will assist you in creating your Personal Statement.

Early Match

It is important to understand the processes and deadlines for anyone participating in the “Early Match”. Deadlines are different for each of the early matches. Please check with your Career Counselor for those specific deadlines if you identified yourself as a participant in the early match.

Couples Match Process

Residency Process​

The Match


AAMC/Careers in Medicine will provide tips and strategies for you to prepare for your residency interviews. It is important you review the typical questions programs may ask you during the interview.

Please check out the following videos for interviewing strategies:

Rank Order List (ROL)

  • ROL’s – NRMP Video
  • Supplemental Rank Order Lists – This will only pertain for students applying to Advance positions through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).
  • Joint AP Programs – This will only pertain for students applying to Advance positions through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).


Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program SOAP, which used to be known as the “Scramble”, will happen during Match week. Students who are unmatched or partially matched can be part for the SOAP, and attempt to obtain an unfilled residency position through ERAS. Below you will some resources that will explain in depth the process for the SOAP and some of the violations that could possibly be committed throughout the process and how to avoid those.

The Match Policy Waivers