The window to submit residency applications through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) opens in early September. As you finalize your applicant portfolio, what should you be focusing on?

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These questions are among the ones you want to ponder before you start putting in your final applications.

  1. Do you have all the information?

    1. Before you finalize your applications, ask yourself this: Have you checked FREIDA, the AMA Residency & Fellowship Database®? This comprehensive database captures more than 12,000 programs, all accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Now with an enhanced design that offers a streamlined user experience.
    2. One major benefit of FREIDA is that it includes a personalized search experience, with more than 35 filters that allow users to sort programs by location (either list or map view), program type, application information, demographics, benefits, Osteopathic Recognition, special tracks and more. Access unlimited program views, save custom searches and nickname your favorites to re-use with a free AMA account. AMA members can do even more—save programs, take notes, rate and download programs with an easy -to use dashboard. Compare and analyze program attributes with a side-by-side tool. Calculate and prepare for residency application expenses with FREIDA’s easy to use Residency Calculator.
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  2. Do your letters of recommendation sparkle?

    1. Letters of recommendation are a much discussed application step because of the weight they carry. Programs may set academic cut-off points to screen applications, but the letters, along with interviews and personal statements help programs distinguish between viable candidates.
  3. Are you applying to more than one specialty?

    1. When it comes to your future, it pays to be practical. In terms of applying to residency programs, that may mean diversifying your search to include more than one specialty. How common is the practice and which type of applicants are more likely to apply to multiple specialties?
  4. Will the disrupted 2021 Match change the process?

    1. There was a fear of potential calamity associated with the 2021 Main Residency Match. Away rotations and in-person interviews were not options, and medical students would be applying to programs in which they may never have set foot. Which adjustments made to accommodate a chaotic process will stick going forward?
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  5. How do most medical students pick programs?

    1. What factors do medical students consider most—and least—when choosing residency programs? Recent data released by the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) sheds some light on that question.
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