It is important that as you begin 3rd year you meet with your Career Counselor to go over any specialty/specialties you may interested. The Career Counselor will assist in providing strategies and tips that will efficiently help you when approaching your residency application.

For any questions or further information please contact:

Transitioning to Residency

Overview Applying Residency

Residency Program Search

Residency Explorer


ACGME can be used as a tool to search for Residency Programs

FREIDA Online:

Freida online will include important information about each program, such as, required scores for COMLEX and USMLE, application deadlines, interview period dates, % of DO trainees in the program, preliminary positions being offered at that program, and number of positions per year. Not only will you find this information, but much more.


Doximity will be another resource that can be utilize to look up residency programs. It provides detailed information on the program and feedback from residents. It allows you to rank programs by reputation.

AOA Opportunities List:

AOA Opportunities List is a resource where you can find AOA Programs that have historically accepted DOs and they are now accredited by ACGME.

Residency Strategies

Please take a look at the following articles that will provide you with strategies and tips for your residency application:

The DO – “Tips for crafting the perfect CV: Advice for residents and physicians”

The DO – “5 ways to avoid failing to match”

The DO – “10 tips for acing your residency interviews”

Personal Statement

The residency application packet will consist of several documents and the Personal Statement (PS) is consider to be by some specialties the most important document during the residency application process. It will assist program directors with their applicant selection for interviews. It is important to make sure your PS is looked at by several people (preceptors, a mentor at BCOM, your Career Counselor, and most importantly a preceptor in the specialty you are interested in). Some of the topics to be discussed on your Personal Statement could be:

1. What led you to choose your specialty?

2. If you are not native from that state you are applying to, why would you be willing to relocate?

3. What are you looking for or expect from a residency program

4. Any future goals in the specialty or in medicine

Below you find some resources that will assist you in creating your Personal Statement.

Writing A Personal Statement

Writing A Winning Personal Statement


Early Match

It is important to understand the processes and deadlines for anyone participating in the “Early Match”. Deadlines are different for each of the early matches. Please check with your Career Counselor for those specific deadlines if you identified yourself as a participant in the early match.

Military Match

SF Match (Ophthalmology and Plastic Surgery)

Urology Match

Couples Match Process

Navigating as a Couple Match

Couples Match Process & Algorithm Videos

Couples in the Match

Couples Viewing & Certifying ROL

Residency Process

NRMP Applicant Policy Highlights

Applying for Residency 

Residence Application Strategy

Number of Applications – Match Data

Residence Preference Exercise

The DOs & DO NOTs of the Matching Process

The Match

The Match Algorithm

Applicant Violations


AAMC/Careers in Medicine will provide tips and strategies for you to prepare for your residency interviews. It is important you review the typical questions programs may ask you during the interview.

Interview Tips and Strategies

Residency Application Interviewing

What Should You Be Asking Programs During An Interview?

Applicants Frequently Asked Questions During an Interview

What To Do When Canceling an Interview

Interviewing Strategies AACOM Webinar

Please check out the following videos for interviewing strategies:

Part I 

Part II

Policy Pitfalls & Application Interview

Rank Order List (ROL)

ROL’s – NRMP Video

Supplemental Rank Order Lists – This will only pertain for students applying to Advance positions through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).

Joint AP Programs – This will only pertain for students applying to Advance positions through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).


Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program SOAP, which used to be known as the “Scramble”, will happen during Match week. Students who are unmatched or partially matched can be part for the SOAP, and attempt to obtain an unfilled residency position through ERAS. Below you will some resources that will explain in depth the process for the SOAP and some of the violations that could possibly be committed throughout the process and how to avoid those.

Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program (SOAP)

SOAP Violations

The Match Policy Waivers

Policy Pitfalls & Waivers