Vital Signs

October 2008 

ERAS Update
MSPE Review
HOST Program-Boston
Read the September '08 Update!








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bulletTarget Deadline was 9-19-08.

If you have not certified and submitted your ERAS application, please do this as soon as possible.

bulletUse the Applicant Document Tracking System (ADTS) on the ERAS web site to track the progress of your electronic applications.

bulletFor more information on all of the above please refer to the September '08 Vital Signs Update. If you have not read it, please do as there was a lot of information regarding ERAS deadlines, CV, transcripts, letters of recommendation, etc.



MSPE Review

Dean's letters






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We have nearly completed finalizing the Medical Student Performance Evaluations (MSPE). If you have not already been notified by email telling you that your letter is ready to be reviewed, you will be shortly. If you do wish to review the letter, please make plans to do so no later than October 24th. Remember, Student Affairs cannot copy, FAX or mail your letter to you. You must come to Student Affairs to read it or, if you are out of town, you may designate, in writing, someone to read it for you or to you over the phone.

All MSPEs are mailed or electronically transmitted via ERAS on November 1st.

If you are applying to non-ERAS programs, you should have already turned in an address list form(s) and labels to Student Affairs to mail your MSPE letters. These were due September 26th. If you need to do this and have not done so already, do it IMMEDIATELY!!! Blank labels are available in rm 1162. Please refer to the September '08 Vital Signs for instructions on accessing the address list form and printing labels.


  Go to the NBME web site   USMLE NEWS

The National Board of Medical Examiners has begun transmitting USMLE transcripts. Step 2 results should be transmitted a week after you receive your score in the mail. If you did not choose the "automatic transmit" option when you submitted your application, you will need to go to the "My Documents" section of ERAS, select that option now and then assign that document to the programs. There is usually a longer delay using this approach.

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Most everyone has registered fully with the NRMP at this point. If you are among the few who have not, please take a minute and do this promptly! The deadline is November 30. There are several functions that must be completed by the Dean's Office, and these cannot be started until the entire fourth year class has registered or confirming that specific individuals are verified as not a graduate of the class of 2008. You will not need to utilize this site again until it's time to enter your Rank Order List. If you have not placed your AAMC ID in a very secure location, please take the time to do so now. It is preferable to have it someplace that you keep with you at all times, like a wallet or palm pilot.

If you are not going to enter the Match this year and are a member of the 4th year class please let us know so we can remove you from the official list of participants.

If you cannot take your USMLE Step 2 CK and CS exams by December 30th you will be classified as eligible for August graduation . Only students on the list for May graduation can participate in the NRMP match.

If you have misplaced your number contact the NRMP (202/828-0676).

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 HOST Program -- sponsored by Med Alumni

Med Alumni is supporting a program called HOST where alumni volunteer to house students when they come for an interview. There are host alumni volunteers in 8 cities:

-New York City
-San Diego

Consider staying with a U.Va. Medical Alumni Host during your residency interview(s)!

For more information on the program and to register visit:

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