Last Updated on June 17, 2020

ERAS Medical Residency Matching

Applying to the ERAS United States Residency Match has become increasingly competitive. Hospitals offered a record number of residency positions within the National Residency Matching Program yet many medical students find themselves in an unmatched position. For International medical Graduates applying to the National Residency Matching Program, it has become even more challenging.

There was a small decline in the number of medical student applicants who graduated from medical school abroad and tried to match. The number of international medical graduates who are not US citizens and who applied dropped from 7,460 in 2016 to 7,284 this year. This may reflect the increasing level of competition and the acceptance of pursuing related healthcare careers.



Here are some important statistics about the ERAS Medical Residency Matching in the United States:

  • From 2013 to 2017, the number of first-year residency spots in a handful of fields grew by more than 10 percent, including anesthesiology, emergency medicine, family medicine, internal medicine, neurology, and plastic surgery.
  • Only diagnostic radiology saw the number of spots offered drop by more than 10 percent over that time.
  • Students who went unmatched scramble to enter the Supplemental Offer of Acceptance Program (SOAP)
  • SOAP typically has between 1000-12000 spots available.

How do I Improve my Chances

for the National Residency Matching Program?

Premed 101 - ERAS
  • Choose your desired specialty and location strategically
  • Play to your strengths and highlight them in your application
  • Prepare for your medical residency interview with experts
  • Solidify strong letters of recommendation early on in your medical training
  • Pursue medical electives at centers you have consider as top priority

The most common reason for not matching in the NRP is poor scores on national board exams, according to the AAMC. For many students the USMLE is one of the major barriers towards medical residency acceptances. It is also important to keep in mind some of the other reasons, including:

  1. Applying to a specialty that’s too competitive for the applicant’s academic standing
  2. Poor interviewing or interpersonal skills
  3. Several attempts at the USMLE for a passing score

Our medical coaches recommend a balanced approach to the NRP, ERAS and SOAP. Enlist the help of one of our expert American Physicians to help you succeed.

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