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Applications and Matching Process

Residency Planning:  Application and Matching Process

Application Services:


  • Online application service similar to AMCAS
  • Central repository from which residency programs can download applications, letters of recommendation (LOR’s), transcripts, and Dean’s Letters
  • Students file applications, indicate which programs they wish to apply to, and choose which LOR’s go to which programs
  • Used by most specialties except Ophthalmology, Child Neurology


  • Paper-based system
  • Central repository which sends out collected applications, LOR’s transcripts, and Dean’s Letters
  • Students forward applications and LOR’s to the service
  • Used by Ophthalmology, Child Neurology


  • May apply separately to some programs
  • Programs have option to participate in ERAS

Matching Programs

National Residency Matching Program (NRMP)

  • “Regular” match
  • Computerized system linking applicants with residency programs
  • Interviews typically from mid- to late- November through January
  • Applications and programs both submit rank lists of preferences
  • Results available in March
  • Constitutes a contract—if you match at a given program you agree to go (do not rank any you would not be willing to attend)

 San Francisco Match

  • Computerized system linking applicants with programs
  • Applications usually start going out a few weeks earlier
  • Interviews occur earlier (November-December)
  • Applicants and programs both submit rank lists
  • Results available in January
  • Constitutes a contract— if you match at a given program you agree to go (do not rank any you would not be willing to attend)           

Urology Matching program

  • Separate match

Couples Matches

  • A means by which couples’ wishes are linked in the system to allow geographic proximity during residency training
  • Available through the NRMP
  • Not officially available through the SF Match, but may be discussed informally



  • In mid-July, the Student Affairs Office sends out “tokens” which are numeric codes students use to access the system
  • MyERAS website available to students at this time
  • Beginning in September, ERAS post-office opensIn  to programs who can begin downloading applications
  • On November 1st, Dean’s Letters can be downloaded by programs


  • “Target dates” for receiving applications and LOR’s occur in late August, early September each year
  • Dean’s Letters and official transcripts mailed to the CAS via FedEx to arrive on November 1st


  • Registration typically begins in mid-August
  • In mid-January, Rank Order Lists open for students and programs to enter preferences
  • In mid to late-February, Rank Order Lists close (no changes accepted after published date)
  • Results of Match available in mid-March
    •   Dean’s Office notified earlier in week about unmatched applicants
    •   "Scramble” occurs to link unmatched applicants with unfilled programs
  • Information on matched applicants available later in week online or at Match Day Ceremonies held annually at the School of Medicine

SF Match

  • Rank lists due in early to mid-January
  • Results of matches typically available in 2 weeks after rank list deadlines
  • Dean’s office notified of matched and unmatched applicants
  • Students notified of results of the match by the Dean’s Office


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