SOAP Medical Residency Application: Everything You Need to Know

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SOAP, or Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program, is designed to take the place of “Scramble” back in 2012. The goal of this program to help residency hopefuls find a match outside the season so that they will be able to be considered to fill up any vacancies available for various residence programs. SOAP is actually composed of several rounds in which medical institutions are looking for candidates to fill in their vacant slots. You need to keep in mind, however, that just because you received a letter regarding your eligibility about SOAP the day before Match Day, it may not mean that you are qualified for applying for residency programs as of yet. You need to determine first whether you are qualified for SOAP medical residency to take the necessary steps to fulfill the requirements before the next season.

How to be Eligible for SOAP Medical Residency

Who are eligible for SOAP residency? The requirements for eligibility depends on the NRMP or National Resident Matching Program which is the one responsible for matching students to institutions based on their qualifications and preferences. In order to be eligible for the Match, you will need to:

  • Sign up with the Main Residency Match.
  • Be eligible for GME or Graduate Medical Education programs by the 1st of July.
  • Be partially or fully matched with a program during the first day of Match Day.

Those who are eligible for this program may have access to the Unfilled Positions list by NRMP if they have already registered and pay the required fees. Only then will you be able to check out available residency programs to determine if you are a match to them or not. Once you have determined that you have matches with the unfilled positions, you can start submitting your application at 2 p.m. of the first day of Match week. You can send out as many as 45 applications to maximize your ERAS application. The categories that you can apply to are preliminary, categorically, and advanced positions that are not yet filled and that you are qualified for. On Wednesday of Match Week, schools will be able to download all applications through ERAS which they will go over until they find qualified candidates based on their preference list. Each round of SOAP last for 2 hours in which the applicants contacted will accept or decline invitations for interview. Another round of SOAP will be done on Wednesday at 3 p.m followed by 9 am, 12 nn, and 3 pm on Thursday. The SOAP rounds will end by 5pm on Thursday.

How to Increase Your Soap Residency Chances

The SOAP rounds do help you find a proper match based on your requirements but if you want to increase your chances of getting noticed among the rest of the applicants, you can log in to your MyERAS account and make changes to your residency application personal statement. This helps you stand out because you will be able to customize your statement based on the available programs in SOAP. Keep in mind that only certain parts of your MyERAS will be open for changes so take this time to improve your personal statement so that you will have a better chance of getting matched during SOAP week. Aside from altering your personal statement, you also need to check your SPAM or Junk mail because there might be some emails that did not pass the filtering systems of the email service that you are using. You might be surprised to find that there are invitations to interview that have been put here. If you have time, set up a voicemail in case you are not able to answer the call because you are doing something else.

Why Use SOAP?

If you weren’t able to make it to the residency application season, the SOAP is the next step to take because you will be given another chance to find a match for your residency program needs. SOAP participants will need to sign in with Main Resident Match to be able to be eligible for ERAS personal statement. The electronic residency application service will help you send out applications fairly quickly especially during the Match Week where there is a high chance that you will find the perfect residency match for your studies. Just make sure that you are ready to act on your match if SOAP matches you with a residency program because you will need to be prepared to accept invitations for interview within that small window offered by Match Week.

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