Participation in the residency match process has risen steadily for the last several years, with record-high application rates in each of the last few years [nrmp.org].
But what’s next if you didn’t match?
What happens if you don’t get matched for residency?
Think about why you may not have matched, so you can strengthen your candidacy. Did you apply to too few programs? To the wrong programs? Were there gaps or weaknesses in your application? Do an honest assessment of your candidacy.
Before turning to how to spend your next year, make sure you look into the Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program (SOAP) and FREIDA™, the AMA Residency & Fellowship Database®. You can find more information about these programs here.
Next, think about what you might want to do in the coming year:
- Do you want to do a year of research? Spending a year researching or working in a clinical setting could be just what you need to gain more experience while you plan for next year’s Match.
- Is delaying med school graduation an option? This would allow you to pursue more rotations and reapply during next year’s Match. The viability of this option depends on your school.
- Do you want to continue searching for positions if you did not match? You could register with the AAMC’s Find a Resident (FAR) service to search for available positions.
- Are you sure you chose the right specialty? Continue to explore what you really love about medicine and consider applying for a different specialty next time.
- Are you interested in pursuing a different degree, such as an MPH or MBA, and then reapplying for the Match when you finish?
Whatever you decide, don’t be discouraged – and good luck!
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