Letters of Recommendation for SOAP

Letters of Recommendation for SOAP

If you are reflecting on your Residency Application Season so far and you’re dissatisfied with the results, it may be possible that your application supporting documents were not doing you justice.

While preparing for the Post-Match SOAP®, there are some aspects of your residency application that are worth revisiting to ensure your application is as strong as it can be. Two of the most important documents you can refresh, rewrite or replace are your Personal Statement and Letters of Recommendation.

Supporting Documents for the Post-Match SOAP: Letters of Recommendation

Of course, the first step is to review data from last year’s SOAP to get an idea of which medical specialties are more likely to have vacancies and which specialties probably won’t. This way, if you have the specialty specific documents already, you can just edit or revise them. Or, if you don’t have the documents, you can put them together.

For example, the medical specialties with the most vacancies in 2017:

  1. Preliminary General Surgery (486 positions)
  2. Family Medicine (141 positions)
  3. Internal Medicine (128 positions)

Be sure to carefully compare the documents you have in-hand to the specialties you are considering applying to in the Post-Match. It is especially important you start thinking about your Letters of Recommendation now because these can take time to ask new letter writers and for the writers to craft their letters.  

Almost every specialty likes to see at least one specialty specific Letter of Recommendation. If you do not have a Letter of Recommendation in the specialties you have identified from the previous SOAP year’s data, you should be sure to secure at least one per specialty. This will give you a great advantage over those who come into the Post-Match unprepared for the contingencies.  

Even if you already have Letters of Recommendation in your chosen specialties, it is most certainly worth the effort to refresh them. When it comes to Matching in the Post-Match, residency candidates cannot afford to leave any stones left unturned.

Addressing your Letters of Recommendation now will not only strengthen your overall application but also give you an edge over other residency applicants who are not as prepared.

(Content Updated: February 1, 2018)  

 

Post-Match SOAP Results Match 2016

Post-Match SOAP Results Match 2016

Now is a good time to begin reflecting on your season, and start making hard decisions based on the number of interviews you have (or have not) received. Depending on how well you perceive your residency application season to be going, you may want to start learning about the Post-Match Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program® (SOAP®). The Post-Match SOAP allows eligible candidates to apply to programs with unfilled positions.

Post-Match preparation starts with a few simple questions. One of which is: Are you prepared for any additional specialties you might be interested in applying to?

Wise residency candidates know they need specialty specific documents such as Letters of Recommendation or Personal Statements while applying to programs for the Main Residency Match®. However, this simple principle tends to get forgotten in the mad Post-Match rush. It is very important to assess the resources you have now and compare what you have to what you may need in order to successfully approach the Post-Match.

For example, a residency candidate prepared for and applied to Emergency Medicine programs for the Main Match. Unfortunately, the candidate only received one interview, so they think they may have to go through the Post-Match. The problem is there were no unfilled positions during the 2016 Post-Match SOAP. As an alternative, the candidate may want to consider applying to preliminary Internal Medicine unfilled positions which had 94 positions. That means, this candidate will want to prepare a fresh, Internal Medicine specific Personal Statement and try to get specialty specific Letters of Recommendation.

By reviewing the data from NRMP’s® Results and Data 2016 Main Residency Match®, those looking to participate in the Post-Match can better prepare to make the most out of the Post-Match.

Anesthesiology

(PGY-1) Participating Programs – 20

Positions Available – 51

Filled Programs – 17

Filled Positions – 48

(PGY-2)Participating Programs – 11

Positions Available -34

Filled Programs – 10

Filled Positions – 43

 

Child Neurology

(PGY-1) Participating Programs – 4

Positions Available – 5

Filled Programs -2

Filled Positions – 3

(PGY-2) Participating Programs – 10

Positions Available -11

Filled Programs – 1

Filled Positions – 1

 

Emergency Medicine

Participating Programs – 0

Positions Available -0

Filled Programs – 0

Filled Positions – 0

 

Family Medicine

Participating Programs -73

Positions Available -155

Filled Programs – 69

Filled Positions -150

 

Internal Medicine

(Categorical) Participating Programs -25

Positions Available -88

Filled Programs -23

Filled Positions -67

 

Medicine-Prelim

Participating Programs -43

Positions Available -94

Filled Programs -41

Filled Positions -92

 

Neurological Surgery

Participating Programs -1

Positions Available -2

Filled Programs -0

Filled Positions -1

 

Neurology

(PGY-1) Participating Programs – 2

Positions Available – 3

Filled Programs – 2

Filled Positions – 3

(PGY-2) Participating Programs – 4

Positions Available -5

Filled Programs – 2

Filled Positions – 3

 

Obstetrics-Gynecology

(PGY-1) Participating Programs – 8

Positions Available – 11

Filled Programs – 8

Filled Positions – 11

(Categorical) Participating Programs – 5

Positions Available -6

Filled Programs – 5

Filled Positions – 6

 

Pathology

Participating Programs -14

Positions Available -24

Filled Programs – 14

Filled Positions -24

 

Pediatrics

Participating Programs -8

Positions Available -14

Filled Programs – 8

Filled Positions -14

 

Physical Medicine & Rehab

(Categorical) Participating Programs – 1

Positions Available – 2

Filled Programs – 1

Filled Positions – 2

(PGY-2) Participating Programs – 4

Positions Available -5

Filled Programs – 4

Filled Positions – 5

 

Psychiatry

Participating Programs -5

Positions Available -7

Filled Programs – 5

Filled Positions -7

 

Radiology-Diagnostic

(PGY-1) Participating Programs – 6

Positions Available – 10

Filled Programs – 6

Filled Positions – 10

(PGY-2) Participating Programs – 22

Positions Available -33

Filled Programs – 22

Filled Positions – 33

 

Radiation Oncology

(PGY-2) Participating Programs – 1

Positions Available -1

Filled Programs – 0

Filled Positions – 0

 

Surgery

(Categorical) Participating Programs – 2

Positions Available – 2

Filled Programs – 2

Filled Positions – 2

(PGY-1) Participating Programs – 132

Positions Available -448

Filled Programs – 117

Filled Positions – 431

 

Transitional Year

(PGY-1) Participating Programs – 11

Positions Available – 42

Filled Programs – 10

Filled Positions -41

 

What is Post-Match SOAP?

What is the Post-Match SOAP?

The Post-Match Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program® (SOAP®) is a service offered by NRMP®, with applications transmitted through ERAS®. The Post-Match is an opportunity for residency programs to fill any vacant spots they may have after the Main Residency Match® and for residency candidates to fill those empty positions.

Simply put, the SOAP takes the whole residency application process and condenses it down to a mere few days.

For those who are unable to Match, or only partially Match to a preliminary or advanced position, the Post-Match SOAP can act as the next step to completing the Match Season and your requirements for full medical licensure in the US.

A Brief Overview:

The Post-Match SOAP takes place during Match Week from Monday until Thursday. You will receive an email the Friday prior to Match Week letting you know whether or not you are Post-Match SOAP eligible (this email does not indicate if you have Matched or not). Those who have conducted less than 10 interviews or have any other concerns about their chances to Match should make sure they fulfill the requirements for SOAP eligibility.

On Monday morning of Match Week, SOAP-eligible applicants will first learn their Match Status on NRMP. Then, they will be given the chance to view the List of Unfilled Positions provided by NRMP and select a maximum of 45 programs after researching each program for greatest compatibility. Finally, SOAP applicants will go to ERAS to prepare and submit their 45 applications for the programs they choose from the Unfilled List.

After candidates have had a chance to apply, programs will have the remainder of Monday and Tuesday to review applications and contact applicants. (Please note: Applicants are not allowed to initiate first contact with programs beyond submitting their ERAS application.) Starting Wednesday, NRMP will begin conducting a series of 2-hour long Offer Rounds where candidates will have a chance to Accept or Deny possible offers from programs.

The Post-Match SOAP will end at 11 a.m. (EST) Thursday, March 16th. NRMP will release a final, updated version of the List of Unfilled Programs to include non-SOAP participating programs.

The Road Ahead:

The Post-Match SOAP can be the most stressful part of the residency application process– especially if you are overwhelmed by the confusion of the SOAP process. You will need to prepare yourself in advance to have the best chance of Matching during the Post Match.

Electronic Residency is dedicated to answering your questions and helping you make the most of the Post-Match. Follow our info blog for tutorials, tips, and in-depth explanations.

If you have any questions about the Post-Match SOAP, be sure to contact the Post-Match experts at Electronic Residency by calling 858-299-2003 ex. 1 or emailing support@electronicresidency.com.