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Choosing a Residency Program

Residency Planning


Research Programs

Review information about hospitals and particular programs that you are interested in to find out more about their requirements and deadlines. Many programs send brochures or have web pages with information for prospective applicants. Another source of information is the Graduate Medical Education Directory (“Green Book”). An online version of the Green Book known as FREIDA is available online.

It is your responsibility to determine each residency program’s application procedures and to meet all eligibility requirements and deadlines of the programs you select.


Residency application photos should be in business attire.  Please avoid having anything in the background.  The photo specs are: 2 ½ x 3 ½ inches with a 350 dpi. The Office of Student Affairs strongly recommends that you provide a professional photo for your application.  Professional photos can be obtained from Path Photo at Johns Hopkins for a nominal fee.  For more information about Path Photo, please visit - or contact their office at (410)-955-3843.


In February of your third year (based on academic year), please take some time to review your medical student transcript to make sure all of your current grades are listed.  If you are missing something, you should work with the Registrar’s Office to obtain your missing grades. 

In August of your fourth year (based on academic year), the Office of Student Affairs will reach out to you to remind you to review your medical student transcript so that all outstanding grades have been obtained and entered on your transcript.  In early to mid-September of your fourth year (based on academic year), your transcript will be upload to the ERAS system as well as other residency application programs.  Each student will approve a student copy of their transcript before the transcript is uploaded.

Letters of Recommendation

MSPE/Deans Letter

The Office of Student Affairs will contact you in April/May of your third year (based on academic year) to find out what specialty you plan to apply to for the residency application process.  Once this information is collected, the deans will determine whom will be writing your deans letter (MSPE).  You will then be contacted by the Office of Student Affairs to set up a time to meet with the dean that is writing your letter.  More details will be provided at the information session (typically in February of your third year – based on academic year).

For more information, please visit:

  4. SF MATCH/Ophthalmology or Match Calendar
  5. Military Match – Please note, not all military programs go through ERAS for the application process



For more details about the information listed above, please review the Residency Application Presentation. 

If you have a specific question for the Office of Student Affairs about the residency application process, please email