How Does It Work?
Initial Consult: Once you choose your advising package, we will contact you to schedule a video call to meet you personally, talk about your aspirations, set goals, and establish a strategic plan.
Editing Documents: Establish deadlines for pending documents and begin working closely with the editor to prepare your personal statement (PS), medical student performance evaluation (MSPE, Dean's letter), MyERAS Common Application Form (CAF), and letters of recommendation (LORs).
Initial Guidance (before MyEras opens): Make sure you obtain the ERAS token, upload LORs correctly, open the National Residency Match Program (NRMP) account, and troubleshoot problems that arise.
Second Consult: When MyEras opens you will have questions. We will talk again to answer these questions, monitor the progress of your application and upload final edited documents (personal statement, MSPE, LORs, ERAS CV).
Match Season Guidance (September to February): We will be available during normal business hours to talk about specific programs, application strategies, interviews, specialty-specific recommendations, and troubleshooting any special circumstances that arise.
Final consult: Once you've attended your interviews, we will discuss your Rank Order List (ROL) to see which program best suits your needs and aspirations.
Fail to Match Plan: If you fail to Match in the main residency match, we can consult again to come up with a working plan for SOAP and/or for next year's Match cycle.
Why Choose Us?
At Residency Match Advising, we work with you on an individual basis to create the best possible application package—one that will stand out and get you the attention you deserve. Our personal service helps you understand, complete, and track the complex and often confusing Match process on a timely basis. Our personal experience with the Match process for international medical graduates (IMGs) lets us help you avoid common problems and delays. Our hands-on guidance will help you gather your documentation, prepare your personal statement, and make sure your letters of recommendation and other documents are correctly prepared and highlight your strengths. Plus, we have the most competitive prices in the market for the high-quality, personalized service we offer. In contrast to other companies, we are very hands-on with your application and make direct edits on all your documents to ease your work. With us, you will feel right at home, join us!
Meet Our Founder
Dr. Alvaro Ramos has dedicated a major part of his medical career to helping students match into residency in the USA. As an International Medical Graduate (IMG) himself who initially matched to internal medicine, then dermatology, he knows all the challenges of applying to U.S. residency. He is also very passionate about medical education, especially USMLE tutoring; he is the author of the book Dermatology for the USMLE and important residency match articles for IMGs.
As Dr. Ramos says, "It’s been a long and arduous journey: medical school, the USMLE exams, external clerkships, and now residency application. Everything you have worked for during the past four to five years will be summed into the MyERAS residency application. I have witnessed firsthand how little mistakes in your application can be detrimental in the residency selection process."
"I created Residency Match Advising to make sure your application is optimal and you can Match where you deserve. We want you to have peace of mind, knowing your application is at its best. You can sit back, relax, and wait for interview invitations. Most importantly, I want to make sure medical students can access top-notch, personalized consultation and editing services at an affordable cost.”
— Alvaro J. Ramos, MD
To learn more about Dr. Alvaro J. Ramos, click here.
Meet Our Editor
Sheila Buff is the writer and editor behind eight national bestsellers and many top Amazon books! She has been writing about health, nutrition, and medicine since 1996 and has particular expertise in diabetes, nutrition, heart disease, immunology, women's health, hospice care, and many other health issues. In addition to her work as a health writer, Sheila Buff is a well-known editor and helps medical students and residents with their application documents. Her clients have achieved successful matches into residency and fellowship in almost all cases.
She is an honors graduate of Washington Square College at New York University (NYU), where she was a University Scholar and received the Baer Award for excellence in English. She lives in New York's beautiful Hudson Valley with her husband, novelist Joe Buff, and their dog Daphne.
"Writing a personal statement for residency can be a daunting task, especially since this is the first impression you'll give to program directors (PDs). For the past few years, I've helped medical students and residents draft and develop their personal statements with excellent matching results. My extensive medical background is very useful when editing and reviewing the ERAS application documents. I've collaborated with nearly a hundred authors to create successful books on medicine, professional services, business skills, and leadership. I have the skills to make sure your application will be flawless."
— Sheila Buff
To learn more about Sheila Buff, click here.
Marines Castillo, MD
"I highly recommended Residency Match Advisor. The program is well structured and organized. It helps every student take the necessary steps in order to apply to the match correctly. Dr. Ramos provides excellent advising for the entire Match cycle and help clarify any doubts that may arise. The editing service is astounding, will help you craft your personal statement perfectly."
- Matched to Pediatrics
Ivett Kyriacou, MD
"I matched into my first choice, thank you Dr. Ramos for your guidance, and support. I chose the Residency Match Advisor package, editorial service was amazing! Really made a difference."
- Matched to Family Medicine
Isabel Arroyo, MD
"Since day one Dr. Ramos made sure to attend to all my questions, ease the process of getting MyERAS application ready and personally made sure my CV was perfectly written. In the end, I received 20 plus interview offers. I highly recommend Residency Match Advisor to anyone who is going through the Match cycle."
- Matched to Internal Medicine
Alberto Melendez Garcia, MD
"Dr. Ramos supported me since day 1 of applying to residency. I contacted him via text messages or email with prompt response throughout the Match season – this really provided reassurance to me. My application was excellent, the personal statement was incredible, I even pre-matched into my specialty of choice."
- Matched to Internal Medicine