Advising System during Advanced Integration Level

Policy 730.20

Policy Statement

During the Clerkship level, each student chooses an advisor in the specialty of their choice for guidance through the residency application process and the Match. At that point in the curriculum the Specialty Advisors replace the PCR advisors, though clearly many students maintain their relationships with their PCR preceptors.

Residency Application Process

The Office of Medical Student Educations supports students through the residency application process. Students are responsible for keeping track of information regarding the residency application process posted on COMET. There are timelines/checklists, information about letters of recommendation and MSPEs, and links to several other helpful documents in COMET at Lounge>Student Affairs>Residency Application (password required).

Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE)

Residency program directors and their selection committees require information about the accomplishments and performances during medical school of candidates for their training programs.  This information is transmitted through the Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE).   The MSPE is not a letter of recommendation; it is a summative evaluation of a student’s academic and clinical work during medical school.  The document is typically written by the Associate/Assistant Dean for Students; however, if a student feels that there is a conflict of interest, the student can request an alternate author with no such conflicts to write the student’s MSPE.

Residency Match and SOAP

The National Resident Matching Program (NRMP), or main match, places applicants for postgraduate medical training into residency programs at teaching hospitals throughout the United States. The Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program (SOAP) provides a process for students who did not match to apply to, receive, and accept positions in programs that did not fill in the algorithm phase of the main residency match. The Office of Medical Student Education supports students throughout the matching process.

Applicability of the Policy

Advanced Integration Level Students

Related Larner College of Medicine Policies

Related University of Vermont Policies

Not Applicable

Related Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) Standard(s)

11.2 Career Advising


  • 7/16/2013 Policy Adopted/Affirmed [Medical Curriculum Committee]
  • 12/8/2015 Policy Revised [Medical Curriculum Committee]
  • 8/20/2019 Gender Neutral Language Edit [Medical Curriculum Committee]
  • 12/17/2019 Reformatted [Medical Curriculum Committee]

Policy Oversight

Associate/Assistant Dean for Students (Director of Academic Achievement)

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