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2018 Conference on Medical Student Education

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P14 Understanding the NRMP Match: Professional Development for Third-Year Medical Students (STU)

Luke Ernstberger, MD

02/2/18 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Austin Grand Ballroom J-K

Medical students experience great anxiety over the National Resident Match Program (NRMP) Match. Concerns over matching with one’s top residency choice mirror concerns experienced during the medical school application process, and the anxiety associated with these critical medical training turning points can be reduced when physician faculty demystify the process. This poster outlines a formal professional development session focused on key questions medical students have about the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and the NRMP Match. The interactive session occurs during the third-year family medicine clerkship and addresses medical students’ concerns before uncertainty evolves into unprepared panic in the fourth year. Feedback from past medical student participants has identified this session as one of the top educational experiences in the clerkship. This poster outlines strategies for helping medical students navigate the Match process as well as common questions and concerns voiced by students. Interested attendees will receive facilitation and resource information for implementing this session at their training site.

Upon completion of this session, participants should be able to:

  1. Assess medical students’ understanding of the Match process.
  2. List key elements of a professional development session designed to help medical students navigate the Match process.
  3. Identify resources available to assist medical students with the Match process.


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