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?
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.
Next, think about what you might want to do in the coming year:
• Do you want to do a year of research?
• 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.)
• You could register with the AAMC’s “find a resident” service to search for available positions.
• 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!
By Dr. Rebecca Blustein, Accepted.com consultant since 2008, former Student Affairs Officer at UCLA’s Scholarship Resource Center, and author of the ebook, Financing Your Future: Winning Fellowships, Scholarships and Awards for Grad School. Dr. Blustein, who earned her Ph.D. at UCLA, assists our clients applying to MS, MA, and Ph.D. programs. She is happy to assist you with your grad school applications.
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