Important 4th Year Dates
Wednesday, November 30th: The NRMP fee to register for the match increases from $50 to $100 after this date. Register now here (click on "Applicant Registration")
Sunday, January 15th: Students may begin ranking residency programs
Wednesday, February 22nd: Deadline to finalize NRMP applicant rank list order
Monday, March 12th: The NRMP releases the list of matched and unmatched students, and the Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program (SOAP) will begin.
Friday, March 16th: Match Day
Match Day will be held at a venue in Detroit which has not yet been decided. The day consists of presentation of departmental awards and other student honors, and ultimately the opening of envelopes naming the residency that each student will attend next year. The opening of envelopes is followed by a reception with food and drinks. The Class of 2012 student senate has made it a priority to ensure that students can sit with their guests as they open their envelopes at Match Day this year.
Sunday, May 20th: Baccalaureate
The baccalaureate service celebrates the graduation of a class with a speech by the dean and other invited speakers, the giving of class gifts, and hooding. The hood signifies that a doctoral degree has been earned and two people of the student's choice will ceremonially dress each student in his or her hood on stage. Students are grouped according to their matched specialty, seated with the two people giving them the hood, then come on stage one at a time to get hooded. Other family members and friends are allowed to sit elsewhere in the auditorium. There are speeches by Dean Parisi, the class president, and a keynote speaker. The entire event takes a few hours and is a nice prelude to the graduation ceremony.
There is no limit on how many guests you may bring to Baccalaureate,
but those guests who will be hooding you will sit at the front with you,
separate from your other guests.
Tuesday, May 22nd: Commencement
This is the day after which you can call yourself a doctor!! Our commencement ceremony will be at the Fox Theater in Detroit. It includes a speech by a guest speaker (TBA) and the processional of students with presentation of diplomas. A professional photographer will take each graduate's photo as they cross the stage. Family is of course welcome to attend!
**Check here for updates from the School of Medicine as we near the big day.
You may bring 10 guests to Commencement
Date TBD: Senior Party
We haven't decided where or when yet, but our end of the year party will be awesome. Suggestions welcome!
*Helpful Hint* - Get Some $$ Back From 4th Year Expenses
Residency applications and travel expenses are clearly expensive, but did you know that they're TAX DEDUCTIBLE?! Save your receipts and write your residency-related expenditures off on taxes. Even if you're not filing taxes for 2011 due to lack of income, save your receipts from January interviews to write off of with your residency income in 2012.
Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program (SOAP) Replaces the Scramble
There will be no "scramble" following the NRMP's release of which applicants have and have not matched this year. Instead, programs and applications will participate in the Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program (SOAP).
Unmatched applicant and unfilled program information will be released simultaneously. There will be a "time out" period during which unmatched applicants can send in applications, but programs cannot make offers. Applications will be submitted only through ERAS, and interviews will be conducted with a phone call starting Monday, March 12th.
Programs will offer positions by submitting a list of preferences. Applicants must then accept or reject offers within a specific time frame noted by the system, and upon accepting a position, will receive an "electronic handshake". Positions will be deleted from the dynamic List of Unfilled Programs once an offer has been accepted. A program's unfilled positions will be offered to those applicants they have ranked until all spots are filled or they reach the end of their ranked list of applicants. Programs can add additional applicants to their preference lists throughout Match Week, so that offers may be made up to the morning of Match Day (Friday, March 16th).
**Fore more information, view this document put out by the AAMC.
We Want to Hear From You!
Questions about 4th year/graduation-related logistics? Suggestions for topics in our next newsletter? Complaints you'd like to see addressed by the student senate or the administration? Email any of your Class of 2012 Student Senate members (get our email addresses from the "Meet the 2012 Senate" tab at the top or contact us using the form below.