Specialty career advisors are essential advocates and experts who give students a glimpse into their specialty. They may provide information about the lifestyle, personal characteristics, the type of patient encounters, salary, residency requirements and characteristics of physicians in the specialty. Some specialty career advisors may also provide networking opportunities and information about meetings, associations and resources of interest to the specialty.
The NRMP Main Residency Match provides an impartial venue for matching applicants’ preferences for residency positions with program directors’ preferences for applicants. Each year approximately 16,000 U.S. allopathic medical school seniors and 15,000 graduates of osteopathic, Canadian or foreign medical schools compete for approximately 24,000 residency positions.
There are four categories of programs participating in the Main Residency Match:
Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS®) is a service that transmits applications, letters of recommendation (LoRs), Medical Student Performance Evaluations (MSPEs), medical school transcripts, USMLE transcripts, COMLEX transcripts, and other supporting credentials from applicants and their designated dean’s office to program directors. ERAS consists of MyERAS, Dean’s Office Workstation (DWS), Program Director’s Workstation (PDWS), and ERAS PostOffice.