Getting Into Residency: What You Need to Know

As a medical student, you probably have your eye on the next big goal: matching into a residency program. While getting into a residency program is a competitive undertaking, there are steps that you can take to better position yourself for a successful match.

How to Apply for Residency Positions

Applying for residency involves preparing and submitting your application to your chosen programs, and interviewing at the programs that offer you an invitation -- a process that spans many months.

An Introduction to Residency Interviews

You’ll be relieved to learn that most residency interviews are pleasant experiences. Programs want you to learn about them as much as they want to learn about you. Since a compatible match is in everyone's best interest, you should encounter few to no adversarial interviews.

Apply Smart for Residency

Applying to residency is a complex and time-consuming process. Learn how to gauge your strengths and level of competitiveness to apply strategically and improve your chances of a successful match.

The Cost of Applying for a Medical Residency

While the costs associated with securing a residency may be a relatively minor part of your medical education expenses, they can add up quickly. Since these fees may not be covered by student loans, it is important to try and keep these costs under control.

Advice from Residents on What to Ask During Residency Interviews

Members of the AAMC's Organization Student Representatives (OSR) created this useful list of questions for residency applicants.

Residency and Relocation Loans -- To Borrow or Not to Borrow

Fourth-year medical students may encounter expenses not included in the standard student budget and may find it necessary to borrow additional funds through a residency and relocation loan.