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Default Last Minute 2019 SOAP Tips and Suggestions

Hello residency candidates! For those of you worrying about Match Week results or gearing up to participate in the 2019 Post-Match SOAP and wondering what to do in the last week, here are some additional tips to consider:
1. Remember that you might (will probably) need to be prepared to apply to more than one specialty as the amount of unfilled positions per specialty varies every year. For example, if you are a residency candidate who prepared for and applied to only OB-GYN programs during the Main Residency Match Season and you want to apply to OB-GYN during the Post-Match SOAP. However, during the 2018 Post-Match, there were only 6 unfilled OB-GYN programs, which means you would have 39 more SOAP applications to use! Make sure you have dedicated Personal Statements for at least two, if not three, specialties to ensure you can properly utilize all of your SOAP applications. (Letters of Recommendation are ideal, but difficult to get on short notice). You REALLY do not want to end up in a position of applying to General Surgery with a Family Medicine Personal Statement or vice versa.

See an analysis of the unfilled positions per specialty at:

2. Be mindful of the important times. The NRMP Unfilled List of Programs will become available at 11 a.m. (EST) to start researching programs. Then, you will have from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. (EST) to continue researching, selecting programs and applying. It makes no difference whether you apply at 12 p.m. or wait until 2:45 p.m. as ALL submitted applications will be released to programs at the same time (3 p.m.). So, take enough time to ensure you are applying to the right programs with the correct supporting documents.

3. Donít panic if either/or NRMP/ERAS get overwhelmed by the volume of users and go down. Just stay by your computer and wait until the website in question resumes functioning.

4. Donít be afraid to call in some support. During the Post-Match, you might be fairly busy. Ask friends or family to help you get through it whether itís picking up groceries or watching the kids.

5. Do a final review of all of your communication devices.
a. Make sure your voicemail is set up and professionally appropriate
b. Check that your email is correct in both NRMP and ERAS (this must also be appropriate)
6. Read more last minute tips at:
Finally, when you have prepared for everything you can-- try to take a moment and relax. Drink tea, read a good book, have dinner with friends, go out on a walk, or try to just breathe for a quiet moment. This is a stressful and anxious time for all residency candidates and the most important step you can take to prepare is to take care of yourself!
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