Career and Residency Planning

Discover links to a number of websites that are helpful career advising resources as well as sites that can assist you in understanding the physician licensing, the residency match process, searching for rural residency programs, and our student-alumni network. 

Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS)

The Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) is a service that transmits the MyERAS application and supporting documentation from applicants and PNWU to residency program directors. 

Students will be emailed an ERAS token in the spring of their third-year to register for their MyERAS account. If a student has not received their ERAS token after the official opening date for the season, they should contact Enrollment Services. Following is some helpful links and information regarding Residency Application.

  • Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE) is a component of the residency application.  Student Affairs (SA) will develop the MSPE in conjunction with each student's Regional Assistant Dean, and the Assistant Dean for Clinical Education.  Each letter encompasses the following sections: Identifying Information, Noteworthy Characteristics, Academic History, Year III Clinical Rotation Summary, Third Year Honors, COMAT, Awards, Competency Averages, Preclinical/Clinical Class Summary, Summary, and Medical School Information.  SA will begin creating the letters starting July, prior to each match cycle, and they will be automatically uploaded to ERAS on October 1st of each year.  Students will review their MSPE letters mid-September, and work with the SA MSPE writer regarding grammatical edits, and any discrepancies within their letter.  Please contact Abigail LeRiche for more information regarding the MSPE letter.
  • MyERAS Guide (worksheets, checklists and details to help navigate ERAS and prepare the residency application) 
  • ERAS Timeline for Residency Applicants: Application Deadlines 
    • If you had an ERAS token from a prior year, but did not participate in Residency Match, and you obtain a new ERAS token, once a student certifies and submits an ERAS application in the prior year, they will be able to see and import it into their subsequent year application. Please note that only the MyERAS application itself, along with the personal statement(s) will be able to be viewed. No supporting document will be saved for the applicants.
  • Fees for ERAS Residency Applications
  • Transcripts from PNWU can be ordered through Self-Service
    • PNWU will upload one free transcript to ERAS by September 1, after third-year honors are posted, for all fourth-year students participating in the residency application cycle. Students who want to request a transcript before or after September 1 will need to request a transcript and pay the $10 transcript fee.
    • PNWU will upload one free transcript to VSAS by February 1 of the student’s third-year. If a student wants a transcript before or after February 1 they may request a transcript and pay the $10 transcript fee.

Department of Graduate Medical Education Resources

Letter of Recommendations (LoR)

Letter of Recommendations (LoR) are important to obtain as you are moving through your third year. The sooner you request a LoR after the completion of a rotation the easier it will be for your preceptor because your performance will be fresh in their mind. Especially if you had a positive experience. Students will want to make sure they start requesting their LoR's be uploaded into MyERAS as soon as it opens, so they will be ready for Residency Applications. Below are some important links to help students and their preceptors.

Students must request through MyERAS a Letter Request Form (LRF) for each LoR they are requesting and they provide the relevant author with the form. Authors and/or their designees use the unique Letter ID on each LRF to upload LoRs for the student. A designee may not be a member of the hospital in an advising role or medical school staff supporting in the application process. Applicants must indicate whether they waive their right to view the LoR for each LoR entry created. Applicants who waive their right to view a LoR are not permitted to view or obtain the LoR under any circumstances. All letters of recommendation must be uploaded through the Letters of Reccomendation Portal (LoRP).

  • ERAS Letter of Recommendations Portal (LoRP): Letter of Recommendations (LORs) cannot be uploaded to ERAS until the season officially opens in the spring. LOR’s are more valuable, if you waive the right to see them, and not personally hold them. Campus staff are not permitted to process the LOR’s for the preceptor, but another designee (appointed/selected by the preceptor)may.

Guidelines for Requesting Letters of Recommendation

Ask if the preceptor is willing to write a strong letter of recommendation, and give a minimum of at least two weeks notice to the preceptor

  • Your CV (a photograph will help the preceptor remember you!)
  • Your personal statement
  • Your career/residency goals
  • Send your author the Guidelines for Preceptors Writing LORs
  • Submit a Letter request form (LRF) with right to review waived (submit one for each author)
  • Link to the LoR Author Guide and LoR

Do not accept a letter if the preceptor asks you to write it for them. A preceptor willing to put their own thoughts and time into the letter will reflect more positively on you.

Match Resources, Residency and Specialty Information

Residency Match for each match services. Once you have registered with the match service you will submit what is called a "Rank Order List" to the match program(s) in which you are interested. There is an algorithmic program that matches programs and applicants based on this list as well as the "rank Order List" submitted by each program. 

  • SFSmatch residency and fellowship matching services for specialties and subspecialties

Results from both the NMS and NRMP will be made available to Student Affairs several hours before they are made available to participants. Student Affairs will be in communication with those students who have not matched in order to provide support moving forward.

Residency Explorer

Residency Explorer is a new free resource that allows applicants to research individual residency programs in 11 specialties* and to compare themselves to applicants who previously matched at those programs. Residency Explorer offers verified data from reputable organizations as an alternative to crowdsourced resources that may not be reliable or trustworthy.

Using their AAMC username and password, student affairs deans, residency program directors, and others involved in GME also can access Residency Explorer to learn about what students will experience when they use the tool. If you do not have an AAMC username, you can set one up when you log in to Residency Explorer.

Residency Explorer does not advise applicants where to apply or predict whether they will match to a residency program. It is intended to help residency applicants explore and research programs and to develop a list of programs for further investigation. We encourage applicants to consult with a trusted advisor or mentor as they research programs.

If you have questions about Residency Explorer, please consult the FAQ section at

Rural Residency Program Search

Rural residency sites used the last three years for determining which residencies to which our students match are rural:

Rural Training Track (RTT) List 

AAFP Residency Directory

  • Select rural from the Community Setting drop down, scroll to the bottom of the page, and click "View Residencies" for a list of rural residencies across the US. 

Military Resources

Additional Information

Requirements for Practice as an Osteopathic Physician

Each recipient of the DO degree must fulfill the requirements of the state licensing board of the state in which the physician chooses to practice. These requirements vary widely and are regulated by the laws of each state. Refer to the Federation of State Medical Boards or Physician Licensing Service websites for details.

Student-Alumni Network

Student Affairs works with students interested in connecting with PNWU alumni. Joining the Student-Alumni Network is a great resource to help current students succeed as they move further into their training.

Complete the following registration form if you’re interested in joining the Student-Alumni Network to connect with PNWU Alumni.

Student-Alumni Network Registration Form

If you are interested in finding out where our Graduates did their residency, click on the below link.

2017 Residency Placement 

Student Affairs will work with the Alumni Office to determine a match based on your needs. After being matched with an alumnus you will be sent a link to complete our Student-Alumni Network Survey. You can access this survey here.