As you approach your final year of medical school, you must make important decisions about residency—your specialized training following graduation.

Securing a residency in the United States is extremely competitive. To succeed it is critical that you fully understand the steps and the decisions that you must make in order to identify and qualify for a program that matches with your career goals and skills.

Residency applications are filled out through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS®) and matches are facilitated through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP®). International students must also be certified in advance through the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG®) to participate in the residency application process.

This section will provide you with helpful information to navigate the residency application and Match process and take the step from medical student to practicing physician.