Rank Order List For Residency Personal Statement

Related:Residency Letter of Intent

Example Residency Letter of Intent

Dear Dr. X,

I interviewedat your program on January 6th, and did a second look on January 31st. I am writing this letter to express my strong interest in your program and to inform you that I am ranking Excellent Program as my #1 choice for residency.

Excellent Program offers several unique strengths that make it the right program for me. I am particularly interested in the clinical and research opportunities that Excellent offers, including great subspecialty surgical electives, international mission trips with faculty and diverse training sites. The chance to take a year off to pursue my research interests is something else in which I am interested. I also enjoyed meeting with Drs. Great and Awesome during my second look and learning about resident involvement with community and departmental initiatives. I plan to pursue leadership positions during and after residency, and Excellent would help me achieve these goals.

I am also extremely impressed with your program’s structured didactics. I learned from Dr. Accomplished’s presentation and handouts on interview day that residents are consistently tested on the material they are learning in conferences and during rotations.  In addition, I highly value the extensive simulation training that is an ongoing part of the curriculum. I was also impressed by the camaraderie and teamwork that your residents exhibited. I think I would fit in very well with the group.

During my second look visit last week, I also explored the city of Urban Oasis and became aware of its incredible diversity. Even though I will have limited free time during residency, the city’s cultural and culinary venues will offer valuable diversions. I would be really excited to live in a new part of the country and learn how medicine is practiced there.

For all of these reasons, Excellent is my top choice for residency. I would be honored to match there. As a resident, I hope to learn from my attendings and offer the best care for my patients. I also hope to make meaningful contributions to the program. My desire to become an excellent surgeon, along with my current interests and future goals, make me an enthusiastic, motivated, focused, and excellent fit for Excellent.


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You’ve interviewed with residency programs, you’ve reflected on these experiences, and now it’s time to take your list of possible training programs and rank them for the National Resident Matching Program® (NRMP®). As this is the final step in the application process, you will want to ensure you know all the facts and do your best to optimize your chances of being in the program that is the best possible fit for you. Step-by-step instructions are available from the NRMP at http://www.nrmp.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Registering_for_MRM-App.pdf.

Ranking programs
Your rank order list for the NRMP Main Residency MatchSM (“The Match“) allows you to indicate your program preferences among those you have applied to and wish to attend. Rank order lists for The Match are submitted to the NRMP electronically through the NRMP's web-based Registration, Ranking, and Results® (R3®) system. Access to the R3 system requires your AAMC ID and your NRMP password.

You should list programs in the order in which you would most like to attend them, with your most preferred program in the top spot and your least preferred program at the bottom. You should not include any programs you are unwilling to attend, as it is possible to match with any program you include on your rank order list. It is not recommended that you rank programs you did not interview with, as programs usually only rank those applicants they have interviewed during the application season.

Certifying your rank order list
When you have entered all information into the R3 system and you are confident with your rankings, you must certify this list to indicate that the rank order list is ready to be used in The Match. This is the last step in submitting your rank order list. Before the rank order list certification deadline, you may make changes to this list, such as changing the order of programs or adding and deleting programs, but you must recertify it for it to be used in The Match. The R3 system does not keep previous versions of rank order lists, even if they were certified; the list available when you log in is the only version on file in the R3 system. The NRMP will not add, delete, or reorder programs or in any way modify a rank order list. The deadline for submitting and certifying your final list is 9:00 p.m., Eastern Time in the United States, on February 21, 2018.

The final preferences on rank order lists, as submitted by you and programs registered with The Match, will determine which applicants are offered positions and where they might be matched. Your primary rank order list could include preliminary, transitional, categorical, and advanced programs. These programs on the primary rank order list are the key to the computer algorithm used for The Match. Supplemental rank order list(s) are used if you are ranking advanced (PGY-2) positions on your primary rank order list and also want to secure a first-year (PGY-1) position. It is possible for you to match to an advanced position, but not to a first-year program, which would make you “partially matched.” If this occurs, you are committed to the PGY-2 position, and then must seek a PGY-1 position through the Supplemental Offer and Acceptance ProgramSM (SOAPSM) or after Match Week.

You must sign the NRMP Match Participation Agreement during NRMP registration that states you and your matching program(s) are bound by The Match results. Once you are matched, programs are committed to offer an official appointment to each matched applicant who has met their prerequisites and institutional employment conditions. Likewise, applicants are committed to enter the positions to which they have matched.

Communicating with programs
During the time leading up to submitting your rank order list, programs may attempt to reach out to you to gauge where you will rank them or to let you know that they plan to rank you highly. Your choices for program ranking should not be influenced by whether a particular program will rank you high, low, or not at all. The position of a program on an applicant's rank order list will not affect the applicant's position on a program's rank order list; these lists are confidential for both parties. You should not feel compelled to take a program’s comments into consideration when ranking your programs. Additionally, where you are ranking a program is not something you are obligated to share with a program. The NRMP has issued a Match Communication Code of Conduct and Residency Applicant Checklist & Match Tips that you’ll want to be sure to review.

Need more information?
You are encouraged by the NRMP to complete the rank order list worksheet that can be found on their website. This worksheet may help you better organize your thoughts and program choices before entering the information in the R3 system.

Please refer to the NRMP website for more detailed information regarding submitting your rank order list.

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