Materials and Processes
CV and Personal Statement
Two critical components of the residency application process are the CV and the personal statement. All students submitting an application for residency at VTC are required to compose a CV and personal statement.
A curriculum vitae (CV) is a summary of your background and accomplishments related to your academic and work experience. It’s one of many supporting documents you'll need for the residency application process or to apply to research experiences, scholarships, honor societies, and other medical school opportunities.
Creating a CV takes time, but it’s a tool physicians use throughout their professional life to present a complete but succinct summary and highlight of their qualifications. It’s a living document that represents you. Properly constructed and with periodic updates, the CV you develop now will evolve throughout your career.
Your personal statement is an integral part of a successful application. Unless a program’s faculty or residents know you personally through a rotation, your application — including personal statement — presents your entire professional persona to those who extend interview invitations. Competitive programs have hundreds of qualified applicants, so your personal statement must help you stand out.
Programs differ in how they use personal statements, so even an excellent essay doesn’t guarantee an interview. Number-oriented programs may “screen out” applicants whose numbers (e.g., USMLE scores) fall below their standards. Fortunately, a well-written personal statement can connect you with those who review applications more holistically.
Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE) Process
Otherwise known as the Dean’s Letter, the Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE) is completed upon the successful completion of all core clinical clerkships (Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, and Surgery) in the third year. The MSPE contains six sections: Indentify Information, Unique Characteristics, Academic History, Academic Progress, Summary, and Appendices
Students are required to schedule a personal meeting with the Associate Dean of Student Affairs prior to beginning the fourth year of medical school in preparation for ERAS and composition of the MSPE.
Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS)
Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS®) is a service that transmits applications, letters of recommendation (LoRs), Medical Student Performance Evaluations (MSPEs), medical school transcripts, USMLE transcripts, COMLEX transcripts, and other supporting credentials from applicants and the Designated Dean's Office to program directors. ERAS consists of MyERAS, Dean's Office Workstation (DWS), Program Director's Workstation (PDWS), and ERAS PostOffice.
How Does ERAS Work?
- Applicants receive an electronic token from their Designated Dean's Office and use it to register with MyERAS.
- Applicants complete their MyERAS application, select programs, assign supporting documents, and transmit their application to programs.
- Schools receive notification of the completed application, and start transmitting supporting documents: transcripts, LoRs, photographs, MSPE.
- Examining boards receive and process requests for score reports.
Programs contact the ERAS PostOffice on a regular basis to download application materials.