In order to increase your chances of matching you need to have your Step 1, Step 2 CK and Step 2 CS approved before the interviews and if you are applying in California, you will definitely need your PTAL. It is highly recommended that you apply early so that you may increase the chance of invitation from the residency programs; some programs stop receiving applications in mid-October. The majority of the programs begin interviewing in November and go through January. It is important that you plan ahead for your interview dates and geographic locations. If you don’t plan ahead you will end up traveling unnecessarily. Finally, try to schedule interviews in the same location on the same date so you can take advantage their general proximity. Success and ánimo!
Months before August 15, 2010
- Start your résumé, curriculum vitae, and personal statement.
- Tailor your personal statement for the specialty you are applying. If you are applying for more than one specialty create as many PS as needed.
August 15, 2010
- You can start preparing your application prior to this date, but work on your resume and your Personal Statement.
- You will need weeks or months to improve it; try to use your best English possible. Ask for help from native speakers to correct any errors. Your application needs to sound natural and needs to be clear and complete while also showing your strengths.
Before September 1, 2010
- Research residency programs in the geographical area in which you want to live.
- Use FREIDA to do your research. You can also try searching for residents’ testimonials and evaluations of their programs. Also, consider your special needs, couple match, visa sponsorships, etc.
September 1, 2010
- You can start applying to the programs that you selected. Some people suggest applying to as many programs that you can afford. We do not think that is the best approach. You should also take into consideration the strength of your application: USMLE scores, letters of recommendation, clinical experience in the US, and level of English skills. Also, take into consideration the competitiveness of your chosen specialty in the particular geographical location to which you are applying. Are you applying to IMG friendly programs? Do they have IMGs as residents?
November 30, 2010
- Avoid registering this late. There is little possibility that you will receive interview invitations for a successful match.
January 15, 2011
- Send your list when you are ready. The residency programs will do the same.
March 14, 2011
- You will know if you are in or if you are out, but you won’t know where. You’re almost there.
March 15, 2011
- Match Scramble begins.
March 17, 2011
- Match Day!
- You finally know where you will be for the next 3 years! Start packing your bags.
2-3 weeks prior to July 1, 2011
- Orientation weeks. Residency programs prepare you to start your internship. You might be required to take BLS, ACLS, PALS, ALSO, ATLS as needed.
July 1, 2011
- Congratulations! You’re an intern!
Note: The UCLA IMG Program will help you through this process. You will gain clinical experience in the US, letters of recommendation from one of the top universities in the US, supportive workshops, and one-on-one help with the ERAS application.
Updated October 2010