Residency Information

Workshops & Recordings

Introduction to Careers in Medicine, Class 2018 (January 26, 2016)

Residency Match Primer, Class 2018

Residency Workshop, Class 2018 (March 30, 2017)

  • Video Recording - Single recording of the entire morning.
    • 0:09 Introduction and Match Statistics - Slides
    • 24:15 Ten Common Questions about Residencies and the Match (and their answers) - Slides
    • 1:10:35 Student Panel of Current Fourth-Years
    • 2:01:10 What and When is a Match? How do I apply? - Slides
    • 2:51:20 Step 2CK and 2CS - Slides
    • 3:08:50 Residency Program Director and APD Panel

Workshop Packet:

Personal Statement Workshop, Class 2016/17 (July 9, 2015)

  • Video Recording
  • Personal Statement (pdf) - A segment copied from the AAMC's Choices Newsletter plus an article from the Annals of Internal Medicine. Provides good advice on the goals of the personal statement and how to write the statement so it best conveys your potential.

Interview Info Session, Class 2017 (October 13, 2016)

Residency Program Director FAQ Videos and Sheets

Videos FAQ Sheets
Emergency Medicine - HCMC Med/Peds FAQ Sheet
Emergency Medicine - Regions OB/Gyn Guide & OB/Gyn FAQ Sheet
Family Medicine - HCMC Psychiatry
Internal Medicine -HCMC Family Medicine
Internal Medicine - Abbott  
Internal Medicine - UMN  
Obstetrics and Gynecology  
Orthopaedic Surgery  
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation  
Surgery - HCMC  
Surgery - UMN  



The medical school is happy to offer the free online interview practicing tool InterviewStream. This tool will allow you to practice your interview skills by listening to recordings of actual medical residency interview questions and recording your responses. All you need is a computer with a webcam. You can then record your answers and share this recording with your MSPE writer and anyone else you wish to view. They can then provide an assessment and feedback on your "interview". You can do as many times as you wish and share with anyone with an email address. The system will save all your recorded "interviews" so you can watch and share at anytime.

We have pre-packaged two interview question sets in the system for you: Group A Questions, and Group B Questions. The “Group B Questions” set contains general questions (as found in Group A set) plus additional questions specifically for students that have had academic difficulties or required additional time to compete medical school. So select the question set most appropriate for you. Or do both, as you can do as many times as you want.

Instructions on setting-up your account and using the InterviewStream system (pdf)

2014 UMN Directors Survey

What do directors expect applicants to bring with them to an interview? Should you email or mail a thank you note? How should you dress? All these and more were asked to our University of Minnesota Residency Directors. Find their answers here

Class 2018 Information Exchange

A weekly(ish) informational email sent to all fourth year students during the Spring, Summer, and early Fall of their fourth years of medical school. Designed to keep them on track in the residency application process by posting important and timely information on the process and sharing FAQs and other relevant resources.


Letters of Recommendation: Starting with the 2016 Match, all letters of recommendation must be sent directly from letter writers to ERAS using the Letter of Recommendation Portal (LoRP). Once the ERAS system opens, applicants will be able to generate slots for letters and print off a cover sheet and upload instructions for each letter. These instructions will include a unique ID for each letter that the writer will use when uploading. It is a best practice to ask for letters of recommendation from individuals early in rotations and throughout your third year.


General Residency Match Timetable

Class 2018 Very Short Guide (Google doc)
An overview of the residency match application process designed to introduce third year medical students to the process, what to expect in fourth year and highlight actions they can begin doing now to prepare

Class of 2017 Residency Application Process Guide
Updated Residency Guide; complete with publication resources, website resources, and acronym guide.

Strolling Through the Match (AAFP)
Produced annually by the AAFP, this guide provides plenty of links and straightforward advice on applying to programs and getting the residency and career you want.

Roadmap to Residency: From Application to the Match and Beyond (pdf)
Published by the AAMC, the Roadmap provides comprehensive information about the process of making application to graduate medical education programs in the United States. It includes a description of candidacy requirements, factors involved in specialty choice, possible criteria for residency selection, and information about matching processes, program visits, and potential application outcomes, as well as about the transition from medical school to residency.

Careers in Medicine (CiM)
A career planning program developed and run by the AAMC designed to help students choose a medical specialty and select and apply to a residency program. To register with CiM you need your AAMC user name and password. This is the same information you have used for other AAMC applications (e.g. AMCAS, MCAT, etc) that use the AAMC Login. If you do not remember your information, please email Scott Davenport at and he can provide you with a registration access code.

Personal Statement (pdf)
A segment copied from the AAMC's Choices Newsletter. Provides good advice on the goals of the personal statement and how to write the statement so it best convey's your potential.

Preparing for Residency

The AMA has a webpage devoted to preparing for residency. It includes topics such as Applying for Residency, Building Short-Term Savings, and Choosing a Medical Specialty.

The University of Minnesota Ophthalmology Match Guide (pdf)

CV template


Charting Outcomes in The Match, 2016 (pdf)
Characteristics of Applicants Who Matched to Their Preferred Specialty in the 2016 NRMP Main Residency Match (1st edition) (PDF, 211 pages). This report documents how applicant qualifications affect Match success. Twelve measures are incorporated in this report, including the number of contiguous ranks, the number of distinct specialties ranked, USMLE® Step 1 and Step 2 CK scores, and the numbers of research experiences, publications, and work and volunteer experiences. This report only contains data from US Allopathic senior applicants; the osteopathic and all other applicants' data are in a separate report.

NRMP Match Data

Visit for all published data from the NRMP, including:

  • Results and Data: Main Residency Match
  • Match Results by State, Specialty, and Applicant Type
  • Program Results
  • Results of the NRMP Applicant Survey
  • Results of the NRMP Program Director Survey
  • Charting Outcomes in The Match: Characteristics of Applicants Who Matched to Their Preferred Specialty in the NRMP

Selection Criteria For Residency Directors (pdf)
Study published in Academic Medicine, Vol. 84, No. 3 / March 2009. Assess the relative importance of criteria used for residency selection in 21 medical specialties given current available data and competitiveness of specialties.

Class of 2014 Residency Interview and General Application Costs (pdf)
What does it all cost to apply and interview? If you are looking for help to meet these expenses, contact the Medical School Financial Aid Office

Match Results & Statistics

U of M Match Results & Statistics - Current & Past

Researching Residency Programs

Fellowship and Residency Electronic Interactive Database Access System (FREIDA) (AMA)
FREIDA Online is a database with over 7,800 graduate medical education programs  accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, as well as over 200 combined specialty programs.


2017 ERAS Application Worksheet (pdf)
PDF of what the ERAS online application will look like. This will give you a preview of what to expect in the application so you can prepare your information prior to entering it into the Common Application Form in ERAS.

ERAS How To Guides

General ERAS Overview (pdf)

Working With The Application (pdf)

A General Documents Overview (pdf)

Working with Letters of Recommendation
Letters of Recommendation in ERAS (pdf)

Working with Personal Statements
Personal Statements in ERAS (pdf)

Working with USMLE Transcripts
USMLE Transcripts in ERAS (pdf)

Assigning Documents to Programs
Assigning Documents in ERAS (pdf)

How to Find and Save Programs (pdf)


All MSPE scheduled appointments are an approved absence from rotations

Prior to your appointment with your MSPE writer you must:

  1. Write a draft of your Noteworthy Characteristics and email to one week before your scheduled meeting.
    Noteworthy Characteristics Guidelines and Examples (pdf)
  2. Complete one interview using InterviewStream and share it with your MSPE writer one week (7 days) prior to your meeting. They will review prior or during your meeting and offer feedback.
    How To Conduct a Practice Interview and Share it Using InterviewStream (pdf)
  3. Create and bring a copy of your CV to your MSPE meeting with your assigned writer. A template is below in case you do not already have a CV.
    CV Template (Word Doc)
  4. Complete any other assigned tasks designated by your MSPE writer.

Match Programs

NRMP Match

SF Match

Urology Match (AUA Residency Matching Program)


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