Frequently Asked Questions

Residency

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can I contact with more questions about residency preparation?

The residency advising team will be happy to assist you with any questions related to residency application, competitiveness and specialty choice. You may contact us at hcom_match@ohio.edu.

Which programs have OU students matched into in the past?

Please email hcom_match@ohio.edu for match information about individual residency

Which programs require the USMLE?

Programs which typically require USMLE are: Anesthesiology, Diagnostic Radiology, General Surgery, Neurological Surgery, Neurology, OBGYN, Orthopedic Surgery, Ophthalmology, and Urology. However, students should also utilize FREIDA to determine individual program requirements and consider personal factors (i.e. COMLEX score, finances, exam readiness, etc).

What is the difference between an advanced and categorical residency?

A Categorical Residency offers all years of residency training required for board certification and does not need a separate preliminary year. An Advanced Residency requires one year of preliminary or transitional clinical training. Programs which are typically considered advanced are: Anesthesiology, Dermatology, Neurology, Ophthalmology, Radiology and Urology. Students will need to look at individual program websites or FREIDA for more information.

How many programs should I apply to for residency?

The number of programs students typically apply to for residency varies depending on the competitiveness of the specialty, the availability of positions nationwide, and aspects related to each students’ situation (i.e. geographic restrictions, lower board scores, etc).

How can I improve my competitiveness for residency?

Students can enhance their application for residency by obtaining strong letters of recommendation from physicians in their specialty choice, having an engaging personal statement and CV, and presenting themselves as a well-rounded candidate through research, extracurricular or leadership positions, and volunteer experiences.