The Match process is thoroughly competitive. Because of the residency bottleneck, each year a higher percentage of applicants does not Match. If this happens to you, don’t panic. Residents Medical is here to help you fight rejection. This is your game plan to battle rejection from residency:
Apply to open residency positions via SOAP. As an unmatched applicant, you are automatically entered into the Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program (SOAP), a one-week process that allows students to apply to unfilled residency positions.
Obtain an externship. If you are having difficulty applying to programs or networking, Residents Medical can help you connect to top-tier programs that will give you hands-on experience. It is imperative that you do not have gaps in your CV, so that your application for the subsequent Match process is as polished as possible.
Look for new, last-minute residency openings. Sometimes new residency positions open up due to unexpected visa complications or last-minute changes. Now is your chance to offer yourself as a viable alternative candidate.
Prepare for Match. DO NOT harp on the past. At this point, your focus and attention need to be placed on moving yourself forward for next year’s match process. With proper planning and practice, you will Match.
While rejection can be a tough pill to swallow, it does not have to mean the end to your medical journey. The right tools and strategies can help you approach the next Match from a new angle. Residents Medical can help you hone in on your skills and improve your shortfalls to increase your odds of obtaining U.S. residency.
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