Match Application Process

Students will begin the majority of the work for residency application in the third & fourth years.

Third Year, 2020-2021:

May: Start 3rd year and begin process of narrowing down your specialty

June: select Student Affairs Dean:  select Student Affairs Dean

October: Third Year Career Fair

December: Class Meeting on Preparing for the Fourth Year and Beyond

  • Submit Biosketch for MSPE

January: Class meeting on the Fourth Year Schedule and meet with Fourth Year students applying in all specialties

  • Plan step dates
  • Select Field-Specific Advisor

January to May: Meet with OSA dean for MSPE

February: Class meeting to discuss residency application and MSPE (aka Dean’s letter) and meet the BMC residency directors

March to May: VSLO process opens

April: Fourth year orientation

Fourth Year, 2020-2021:


  • Start Personal Statement drafts


  • ERAS opens for applicants
  • AUA Urology match information & registration available
  • Military students automatically registered for Army, Air Force and Navy matches


June, July & August: virtual personal statement workshops

Mid-August to mid-October: Review MSPE

September-October:  ERAS is open for application submission to residency programs

September-October:  Transcripts scanned into ERAS

September 15: SFMP Ophthalmology target date for submission

September 15: NRMP opens for registration

October 21 :  NRMP Program Directors will be able to download ERAS application information.

October 21: MSPE submitted for students nationwide in all matches.

  • Interview workshop and mock interviews

November-February:  Interviews

December:  Military Match results released

January:  Ophthalmology and Urology Rank Lists due


  • Ophthalmology and Urology Match Results released
  • NRMP Rank Lists due

March:   NRMP Match Results released

CaRMS timeline: currently under review