Student Advising

Applying to Residency

Our fourth group advising session will take place in the summer as you begin to apply for residency. We will discuss general principles for the application, interviews, and host practice interviews.

Residency applications are submitted though the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Materials needed for a completed ERAS application include: 1 SLOE from an EM rotation (two are ideal), Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE), official medical school transcript, 1-2 non-SLOE letters of recommendation, personal statement, USMLE transcript (Step 1 pass and Step 2 score), and your updated CV. Application materials should be ready to be submitted in early September so that the later part of September can be focused on solidifying which programs you will apply to. Final ERAS submission must be completed no later than September 27. Programs typically begin sending interview invitations early to mid-October. Before you submit your application, proofread your materials (use multiple proofreaders) carefully and make sure all information is accurate and truthful.

For application instructions specific to the Emergency Medicine Residency Program at the University of Wisconsin, please visit the application section of our residency program website.

Ranking & The Match Process

Students applying to residencies in Emergency Medicine are entered into the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP). The NRMP collects rank order lists from both the applicants and the participating residency programs and then a computer algorithm matches students with programs based on their rankings. The Match is a binding agreement, meaning that once you have matched at a program, you must go to the institution that you matched with.

How many programs should you rank?
Usually, students rank all the programs at which they are interviewed. We recommend doing 12-16 interviews. Thus, we recommend that you rank at least 12 programs, because…

  • If you rank 10 programs you have a ~92% probability of matching
  • If you rank 12 programs you have a ~95% probability of matching
  • The mean number of contiguous ranked programs for matched applicants: 15
  • The number of unmatched applicants: 554