Need to Know

Important Dates, Deadlines, and Clinical Resources

1.) New Clinical Skills Assessment Dates Released

Are you preparing for the United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE) Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) exam? As an AUC student, you have complimentary access to Becker Professional Education’s Clinical Skills Assessment (CSA) program. This in-person workshop helps students prepare for Step 2 CS through standardized patient encounters, communication skills, focused history, and patient notes.

CSA is currently being offered in Chicago, Detroit, Miramar, New York City, and Washington, DC. Dates for Chicago and Detroit sessions are now available and all other cities will be posted online by the end of June.

Friday, July 21 Chicago, IL
Monday, August 21 Chicago, IL
Monday, September 18 Chicago, IL
Monday, October 16 Chicago, IL
Saturday, November 4 Detroit, MI
Monday, November 13 Chicago, IL
Saturday, December 2 Detroit, MI
Monday, December 4 Chicago, IL
Saturday, January 20 Detroit, MI
Saturday, February 17  Detroit, MI
Saturday, March 10 Detroit, MI
Saturday, April 14 Detroit, MI
Saturday, May 12 Detroit, MI

2.) Step 2 CS Testing and Reporting Dates

Students who are planning to participate in the 2018 National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) cycle are encouraged to register for the USMLE Step 2 CS exam if you have not already done so. Testing and reporting schedules are as follows:

Step 2 CS Reporting Schedule (2017)
Testing Period Reporting Period
For Examinees Who Test Reporting Start Date Reporting End Date
May 21 – Jul 15 Aug 16 Sep 13
Jul 16 – Sep 9 Oct 11 Nov 8
Sep 10 – Nov 4 Dec 13 Jan 10 (2018)
Nov 5 – Dec 31 Jan 31 (2018) Feb 21 (2018)

3.) All Things Residency Match

Are you entering the 2018 Residency Match? Everything you need to know about the NRMP as an AUC student is available in our 2018 Match Handbook (released in May). Prepare for the Match by reading up on on the residency application process, required supporting documents, FAQs, available resources, stringent residency and licensure states, target scores for each specialty as well as sample CV.

Fourth-year students can also connect with an AUC's Physician Match Advisor (PMA) for individualized residency guidance. PMAs are available to discuss questions related to specialties, residency program competitiveness, Match strategies, and interview preparation. All PMAs hold MD degrees and are well versed in the residency match process. To request a PMA, fill out the Office of Student and Professional Development's (OSPD) online form.

And for a deeper look at AUC graduates’ residency performance, read our 2016 Residency Report. The report breaks down our 2016 residency attainment rate (86.4%) and includes a full list of the specialties and programs where AUC graduates earned PGY-1 and PGY-2 positions.

4.) 2018 Residency Timeline 

July 15 USMLE's deadline to take USMLE Step 2 CS in order to have it reported prior to NRMP Registration in mid-September. Sign up for the ECFMG Reporter for the latest information about USMLE deadlines.
July 28 OSPD deadline for students to submit a first-time MSPE Letter Request (students may request an MSPE Letter Update Request for any rotations that will be received by the University Registrar after Sept. 15).
August 11 ECFMG's recommended target to date to take USMLE Step 2 CK in order to have it reported by Sept. 6. Sign up for the ECFMG Reporter for the latest information about USMLE deadlines.
September 6 At 9:00 a.m. ET, you can start using the MyERAS website to transmit your MyERAS application, supporting documents, and Personal Statement(s) to residency programs.

Programs will not have access to applications until September 15 at 9:00 a.m. ET. All applications submitted September 6 through September 15 will appear to programs as being submitted on September 15. ERAS Support Services at ECFMG highly recommends that you submit all of your supporting documents no later than September 1 to guarantee their availability on September 15 when programs begin accessing applications.
September 15 Registration for the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP), or “the Match,” opens at 12:00 p.m. ET on the NRMP website.

ERAS Support Services strongly recommends that MSPEs be submitted by applicants via ECFMG’s OASIS no later than September 15 in order to be transmitted to programs on October 1. Documents submitted by medical schools via EMSWP will be processed and transmitted within two business days.
October 1 MSPE letters are released to programs by ERAS.
November 30 NRMP Match standard registration deadline. (You may register after this deadline, but you will be required to pay an additional late registration fee to the NRMP.).
December 31 Deadline for taking USMLE Step 2 CK and CS and in order to participate in the Main Match. 
January 15 NRMP begins accepting rank order lists.
February 21 NRMP deadline for late registration, rank order list certification, and withdrawals from the Match.
March 12-16 Match Week