A successful match to a residency program starts long before you create your rank order list. In fact, applying to residency programs is more involved and strategic than you might think. First, narrow the more than 9,000 programs to a shorter list of programs that are the best fit for you. Then present your best self through your application. Completing both tasks well will help programs foretell the mutually beneficial experience of you as their resident and encourage them to interview you.

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    You're probably experiencing a mixture of excitement and anxiety as you begin the application process. That's normal. To help ease your mind, here’s an overview of what to expect.

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    The number of programs to which you should apply is specific to your situation and comprised of several factors. Here's how to decide the right number for you.

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    Merely throwing an application at a program, without much effort or strategy, is not unlike throwing money at a problem. To fully explore your options and to maximize your likelihood of matching, you need a smart application strategy.

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    The Medical Student Performance Record (MSPR) aids programs in assessing CaRMS candidates for residency. Learn how this important document impacts your residency application and how to secure a strong one.

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    Surveys of residency program directors in many different medical specialties have illustrated that, generally, PDs consider letters of recommendation (LoR) a significant part of the application process. Here’s how to secure strong letters to support your candidacy and plan early to ensure you receive helpful submissions.

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