The Noteworthy Characteristics section is intended to help a residency program selection committee review applicants holistically to achieve a residency class that brings a diverse set of background experiences, characteristics and perspectives. Each characteristic should be described in 2 sentences or less and in third person. Information about any significant challenges or hardships encountered by the student during medical school may be included. Please see OSPD’s Noteworthy Characteristics Tips
for more information.
Summary Statement Questionnaire
Each student will be assigned a “Summary Statement,” which will incorporate the numbers of core rotations honored, community service activities completed, and leadership positions obtained. An example of the statement can be found on the MSPE Letter Sample
. Examples of community service activities include community action day, teaching assistants, student organizations and associated events, Student Government Association, specialty interest groups, resident/orientation advisors and community health screenings.
Students who have completed at least one service activity must list them in the form below. Students who have more than two service activities should only list the ones with leadership positions. Examples of leadership positions include executive board leadership in AUC student organizations, teaching assistant, peer-to-peer tutor, organizing volunteers for community service activities, editing a research publication/presentation.
Leaves of Absence (LOA)
Students have the opportunity to provide additional details about the reasons for taking LOAs. Were you diagnosed with an illness and required treatment? Did someone close to you pass away? Complete the questions below if you would like to provide details around your LOA.
Timeline to Upload Documents to ECFMG/ERAS
All first-time MSPE Letters and Medical School Transcripts will be generated and uploaded to ECFMG/ERAS in late August to early September to capture as many rotation grades and comments as possible. Students will be notified via email when their document(s) are uploaded.
It’s imperative that students and graduates verify all documents were received by ECFMG/ERAS. Receipt of documents can be tracked in the ERAS Support Services Document Tracking System, which can be accessed via ECFMG’s OASIS