The Office of Student Professional Development

Assisting AUC students who are preparing for residency

The Office of Student and Professional Development (OSPD) assists students who are preparing for residency by advising on the application process and providing necessary documents to match-related organizations such as the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP), Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS), San Francisco Match and Urology Match, Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) and Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). The department offers specialized resources to help students learn about requirements for different specialties and residency programs.

Scheduling an Advising Appointment

Students and graduates can schedule an appointment to discuss the residency timeline, competitiveness for specialties and other topics related to the Match. To speak with an OSPD advisor, fill out this form.

Residency Application Resources

AUC Resources

  • Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE) Letters

    Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE) letters are submitted in support of residency and fellowship applications through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and released to residency programs on Oct. 1. AUC’s MSPE letter is composed in accordance with AAMC guidelines and will only include academic performance information and accomplishments achieved during medical school. 


    Important Dates


    The deadline to request an MSPE letter is July 1 prior to the year a student plans to participate in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP), aka “The Match.” All MSPE letters will be generated in mid- to late-August to capture as many rotation grades and comments as possible. 


    How to Request a Letter


    • MSPE Letter Request form (for students who have never requested an MSPE Letter)
    • MSPE Letter Update form (for students/graduates who have received their MSPE letter and would like it updated with additional rotation comments and grades)


    MSPE Process


    An OSPD staff member will construct the MSPE letter using academic performance information and Noteworthy Characteristics supplied by students. Students and graduates will be given the opportunity to review the letter for factual or grammatical errors prior to uploading to ERAS and should return to their assigned OSPD staff member within 5 business days. MSPE letters are processed in the order they are received.  


    It’s imperative that students and graduates verify all documents were received by ECFMG. Receipt of documents can be tracked in the ERAS Support Services Document Tracking System, which can be accessed via ECFMG’s OASIS.

  • Timelines for January, May, and September Cohorts

    To stay on track for the NRMP Match, OSPD has created suggested timelines for students starting clinical sciences in the January, May and September cohorts.


    >> Review your cohort timeline

  • Physician Match Advisor Program

    AUC students who are in their fourth year and currently preparing for the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP), also known as the Match, are encouraged to speak to a Physician Match Advisor (PMA). All PMAs hold an MD degree and will provide individualized recommendations to students in order to increase his or her chances of successfully obtaining a desired position in the Match. 


    >> Request a PMA

  • Residency Application Presentations & Webinars

    The following presentations and online webinars were developed to help guide students as they prepare for the residency application process:


  • Match Handbooks

    These all-in-one resources are specifically designed for AUC students who are preparing for either the NRMP Match or the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS). Topics include information on the residency application process, required supporting documents, FAQs, available resources, stringent residency and licensure states, paths to licensure, target scores for each specialty, as well as sample CV and MSPE Letter.


    >> Download the 2020 NRMP Match Handbook


    >> Download the 2020 Canadian Match Handbook

  • Sample Residency Application Documents
  • Writing Your Noteworthy Characteristics

    The Noteworthy Characteristics is an important section of the Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE) letter. It includes three bullet points with unique attributes and/or experiences that contribute to your strength as a residency candidate. Noteworthy Characteristics are now preferred to the previous Unique Characteristics section.


    Students and graduates entering the Match are responsible for writing and submitting Noteworthy Characteristics when requesting an MSPE letter. We strongly encourage students to take advantage of both our guide and our editing service prior to submission.


    >> View the Noteworthy Characteristics Guide


    >> Request Feedback on Your Noteworthy Characteristics (due by March 1)


  • Letters of Recommendation

    The AAMC recently changed the process for transmission of Letters of Recommendation (LOR). All letters must be uploaded by the author or the author’s designee using the Letter of Recommendation Portal (LoRP). Medical schools will no longer be able to upload letters on the student’s behalf.


    Students have the ability to submit LORs that they have waived their rights to view in the year before they intend to apply to US residency programs through the Electronic Resident  Application Service. Please see ECFMG's section on Submitting LORs Early for more information.


    Students will enter and finalize LOR authors and print out a Letter Request Form along with instructions for the Author to upload the letter. Students will submit these Request Forms and instructions to each author by email, mail, or in person. Authors complete their LOR, save it in PDF format, and access the LORP to upload their letter.


    >> View our Letter of Recommendation Presentation

  • ERAS and EFDO Transcripts

    Important Dates


    OSPD recommends requesting a transcript for ERAS no later than Sept. 10 prior to the year a student plans to participate in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP), aka “The Match.  This action will ensure an AUC transcript is uploaded to the student’s ERAS account and available when NRMP registration opens in early September.


    How to Request a Transcript


    To request a transcript, log into the AUC Student Portal and complete the "ECFMG, ERAS, or NRMP Transcript Request" form. 


    Transcript Process


    AUC transcripts for ERAS are typically produced within five days of the request, but can take longer during the high volume months of August and September. The MSPE Letter request form includes an option to also request a transcript and have both documents uploaded to ERAS. ERAS transcripts are not issued until all financial obligations to any Adtalem institution are fulfilled.


    Fellowship Applicants


    Please visit the EFDO Medical Institution Document Upload Service (MIDUS) for instructions on how to submit a transcript or MSPE request for fellowship. You will need to provide contact information for where the request will be sent. Please use University Registrar and


    It’s imperative that students and graduates verify all documents were received by ECFMG. Receipt of documents can be tracked in the ERAS Support Services Document Tracking System, which can be accessed via ECFMG’s OASIS

  • Physician State Licensure

    Tips for AUC Students


    AUC requires all students to complete 54 weeks of rotations that are scheduled at hospitals that participate in or sponsor an ACGME-accredited residency or fellowship program in the same subject area of the requested rotation. These 54 weeks must include all 5 core clerkship rotations.  In addition, for students interested in licensure in Texas and California, a 4-week Family Medicine elective rotation at an ACGME-sponsored program must be included. Once students have met AUC’s ACGME weeks requirement, they are free to enroll in up to 18 weeks of non-ACGME rotations, including Global Health Electives, and other specialty electives.   


    Tips for AUC Graduates


    Licensure forms must be obtained directly from the medical licensing board for the state the student desires to practice in. It is the student’s responsibility to check with the appropriate licensing body to ensure all requirements have been met for that specific state.


    Please remember the most students take a Leave of Absence to study for USMLE Step 1, which will be reported to licensure boards. Graduates can request an official transcript to verify any breaks in medical school, degree date and other important information that may be needed for licensure forms. 


    Once completed, licensure forms are to be sent to AUC along with the form’s final destination address. 


    American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine
    Attn: AUC Office of the Registrar
    880 SW 145th Avenue, Suite 202
    Pembroke Pines, FL 33027

  • California's Post-Training Authorization Letter (PTAL)

    Effective January 1, 2020, a PTAL will no longer be required for international medical graduates.

    • The minimum requirements for postgraduate training in California will require successful completion of thirty-six(36) months of a Board-approved programs for all applicants, regardless of whatever the medical school attended was domestic or international.
    • A Postgraduate Training License (PTAL) will be issued to all residents who are participating in a California ACGME program. The issuance of a PTAL will allow residents to train without violating the law.
    • For more information about PTAL, please check out ECFMG and the Medical Board of California.

  • Residency Interview Resources

  • Residency Application Assessment

    There are some common pitfalls that even the most detail-oriented applicant can overlook. Review the list below to see if any apply to you.


    >> Read the Assessment

NRMP Resources

The National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) produces a number of reports to help students assess competiveness for specialties as well as detailed information on how the Match works and the matching algorithm.

  • Residency Program Director Survey

    The survey is published every two years with information to help students learn about the factors programs use in selecting and ranking applicants. Pay attention to the charts titled “Average USMLE Step 1 and CK Scores Programs Consider When Granting Interviews” to develop target scores for different specialties. 


    >> Visit the 2018 Program Director Survey

  • Report: Charting Outcomes for IMGs

    The inaugural report was published in 2014 and is specific to IMGs. Students can learn about the mean USMLE scores and attempts for different specialties. 


    >> Read the 2018 Report

  • NRMP Results & Data

    The report is published each year and summarizes data from the Main Residency Match. Table 1 shows how many positions were offered for each specialty as well as what percentage was filled by US Seniors – a useful way in determining IMG-friendly specialties. Take note the number of positions for primary care specialties such as Internal Medicine (Categorical)  and Family Medicine compared to other specialties.  


    >> Read the 2018 Report

Other Support & Resources

  • ECHO Resources

    A variety of resources presented by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) Certificate Holder’s Office (ECHO) to help IMGs prepare for the residency application process. Articles provide information on the residency interview, personal statement, research and much more.


    >> Visit the ECHO Resources website

  • ERAS Support Services for Applicants

    Students’ primary source for questions about the residency application, supporting documents, eligibility requirements, timelines and fees. The Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) works alongside ECFMG and NRMP to house and transmit residency application supporting documents when students apply for residency in their fourth year.


    >> Visit the ECFMG website

  • AAMC’s Residency Resource Page for Students

    AAMC provides resources on the residency application process, residency interviews and costs associated with applying to residency. "Roadmap to Residency" is a must read and has a wealth of information for all things related to residency.


    >> Visit the AAMC website

  • ABMS Specialty and Subspecialty Certificates

    The chart lists the approved specialty and subspecialty certificates in which ABMS Member Boards can offer certification. View the complete ABMS Guide to Medical Specialties for descriptions of all the medial specialties where certification is offered by an ABMS Member Board. 


    >> Visit the ABMS website

AUC Residency Placements

  • 2018 Residency Highlights

    This topline report is published each year and summarizes data for AUC graduates. It details AUC’s residency attainment rate and breaks down how AUC graduates matched into different specialties.


    >> Download the 2018 Report

  • Past Residency Placements

    View past lists of where AUC students and graduates secured residencies in previous years. It’s a great way to determine International Medical School (IMG) friendly programs. 


    >> Find Residency Placements by Year