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Default What do I need to know about the Post-Match SOAP 2020 and how do I prepare?

If you are worried about your chances of Matching at this point in the season, there is still hope during the Post-Match SOAP®.

What is the Post-Match SOAP? The Post-Match Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program® (SOAP®) offered through NRMP® and ERAS® gives Unmatched or Partially Matched residency applicants the opportunity to take part in a 4-day process to obtain a residency position from one of the unfilled residency programs. With careful preparation and an understanding of the Post-Match, residency applicants can increase their chances of securing a residency position beyond the Main Residency Match®.

How to Prepare for the Post-Match

1. Make sure you are eligible. If you are an International Medical Graduate, in order to be eligible for the Post-Match, you will need to have registered with NRMP by the Rank Order List deadline on February 26, 2020, and have your USMLE Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Step 2 CS verified by the week before The Match®.

2. Refresh any supporting documents you can. Being prepared for the Post-Match SOAP means taking a look at your supporting documents such as your Letters of Recommendation or Personal Statements to see if there can be any improvements made or documents added. Personal Statements can be updated to add any new experiences you have done throughout the last few months. Also, it's important to consider which specialties usually go unfilled and consider preparing for those. For example, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, and Preliminary General Surgery are typically the biggest SOAP specialties. You wouldn't want to apply to General Surgery with a Family Medicine Personal Statement.

3. Learn more about SOAP. You should know as much as you can about the SOAP procedure, timeline, and rules. For residency candidates participating in their first Match, or for those who would like to brush up, it might be time to learn about the Post-Match SOAP.

Some useful resources are:

Post-Match Guide for Beginners
What is the Post-Match?
Post-Match Eligibility and Timeline
How to Prepare for the Post-Match
Past Post-Match Statistics and Data

Want to learn even more about the Post-Match SOAP? Discover more about Match policies, SOAP interviews, LoRs for SOAP, and other additional topics. Keep an eye on our informational blog at: http://blog.electronicresidency.com/

Questions about the Post-Match SOAP? Contact the Post-Match experts at
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