Texas STAR

Texas STAR Logo: Seeking Transparency in Application to Residency, Powered by UT Southwestern Medical Center

The residency match has become increasingly competitive in recent years, and the lack of transparency in the application process causes many students to struggle in deciding which residency programs they should apply to. Texas STAR, the first of its kind, is a nationwide survey and online tool administered by the UT Southwestern Medical School to help medical school deans, advisers, and fourth-year medical students navigate the match process more effectively.

Angelica Mihalic, M.D. with two students on Match Day
Dr. Angela Mihalic, Dean of Medical Students and Associate Dean for Student Affairs, leads the Texas STAR initiative.

Texas STAR acts as an information clearinghouse for participating medical schools that complete the annual survey.

  • Recently matched fourth-year medical students provide real data about:
    • Their own application components
      • Board exam scores
      • Quartiles
      • Membership in honorary societies
      • Publications
      • Volunteer experiences, etc.
    • Programs they applied to
    • Which programs they received interview offers to, and which they did not
    • Ultimately which program they successfully matched with

Future students can then use this data to better target their applications to programs they are more likely to receive interviews and ultimately match with, reducing unnecessary applications, fees, time, and interviews.

This collaboration between medical schools across the country is directly addressing the mystery within the residency application process, and the schools involved are taking a stand to achieve a healthier match climate nationwide.

Texas STAR Dashboard

Who can use Texas STAR?

Medical School Student Affairs Deans

Once a medical school student affairs dean agrees to participate and their students complete the survey, he or she will receive access to the Excel database of school specific information, the national dataset, and access to the Texas STAR online dashboard. Deans will then be able to provide access to advisers and students who wish to use the dashboard.

Medical School Advisers and Senior Medical Students

If your school participates in Texas STAR, you must request access to the Texas STAR online dashboard from your dean. You will receive an email with an invitation link once your access is approved.

If your school doesn’t participate, ask your dean to join the collaboration.

What information can I find on Texas STAR?

  • School specific data for your institution
    • Shared privately with your school only
  • U.S. composite data by GSA region and by state
    • Only if more than one school in your state participates
    • Excludes information related to the student responders’ medical school

Where and how can I access the online dashboard?

Image of the Texas STAR dashboard home screen
Home screen of the Texas STAR online dashboard.

Deans and users with approved access at participating schools can access the online dashboard and view the FAQs below.

Which schools are participating in 2019?

SchoolRegion
Albany Medical College NEGSA
Albert Einstein College of Medicine NEGSA
Baylor College of Medicine SGSA
Boston University School of Medicine NEGSA
Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University SGSA
California Northstate University College of Medicine  WGSA
Carle Illinois College of Medicine  CGSA
Central Michigan University College of Medicine CGSA
Chicago Medical School, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science CGSA
Cooper Medical School of Rowan University NEGSA
Creighton University School of Medicine CGSA
CUNY School of Medicine NEGSA
Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin SGSA
Drexel University College of Medicine NEGSA
Duke University School of Medicine SGSA 
East Tennessee State University James H. Quillen College of Medicine SGSA
Eastern Virginia Medical School  SGSA
Florida Atlantic University Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine SGSA
Florida International University, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine SGSA 
Florida State University College of Medicine SGSA
Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University NEGSA
Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth NEGSA
Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine NEGSA
Howard University College of Medicine NEGSA
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai NEGSA
Indiana University School of Medicine CGSA 
Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences NEGSA
Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California WGSA
Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University NEGSA
Louisiana State University School of Medicine - Shreveport SGSA
Loyola University Chicago Stritch SOM  CGSA
LSU New Orleans School of Medicine SGSA
Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine SGSA
Mayo Clinic School of Medicine CGSA
McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Houston SGSA 
Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University SGSA
Medical College of Wisconsin CGSA
Medical University of South Carolina SGSA
Meharry Medical College SGSA
Mercer University School of Medicine SGSA
Michigan State University College of Human Medicine CGSA
Northeast Ohio Medical University CGSA
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine CGSA
Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine CGSA
Ohio State University College of Medicine CGSA
Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine WGSA
Penn State College of Medicine NEGSA
Rush Medical College CGSA
Saint Louis University School of Medicine CGSA
Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University NEGSA
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center  NEGSA
State University of New York Upstate Medical University NEGSA
Stony Brook University School of Medicine NEGSA
Texas A&M College of Medicine SGSA
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Paul L. Foster School of Medicine NEGSA 
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine SGSA 
The George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences  NEGSA
The Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine at the University of Vermont NEGSA
The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine SGSA
Tufts University School of Medicine NEGSA
Tulane University School of Medicine SGSA
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences NEGSA
University of Alabama School of Medicine SGSA
University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix WGSA
University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson WGSA
University of Arkansas College of Medicine SGSA
University of California San Francisco  WGSA
University of Central Florida College of Medicine SGSA
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine CGSA
University of Colorado School of Medicine WGSA
University of Connecticut School of Medicine NEGSA
University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine WGSA
University of Illinois College of Medicine (4 campuses) CGSA
University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine CGSA
University of Kansas School of Medicine CGSA
University of Kentucky College of Medicine SGSA
University of Louisville School of Medicine SGSA
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine SGSA
University of Minnesota CGSA
University of Mississippi School of Medicine SGSA
University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Medicine CGSA
University of Nevada Las Vegas School of Medicine WGSA
University of Nevada Reno School of Medicine WGSA
University of New Mexico School of Medicine WGSA
University of North Carolina School of Medicine SGSA
University of North Texas Health Science Center TCOM (Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine)  SGSA
University of Oklahoma College of Medicine SGSA
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry NEGSA
University of South Alabama SGSA
University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Columbia SGSA
University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Greenville SGSA
University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine CGSA
University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine SGSA
University of Tennessee HSC College of Medicine SGSA
University of Texas Medical Branch SGSA
University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine SGSA
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School SGSA
University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences CGSA
University of Utah School of Medicine WGSA
University of Virginia School of Medicine SGSA
University of Washington School of Medicine WGSA
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health CGSA
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine SGSA
Virginia Commonwealth University SGSA
Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine SGSA
Wake Forest School of Medicine SGSA
Washington State University Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine WGSA
Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine CGSA
West Virginia University Eastern Campus SGSA
Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine CGSA
Yale University NEGSA
Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell NEGSA

Still need help?

Didn't find the answer to your question? We’re here to help. After you check out our FAQs, feel free to email us with questions, comments, or other feedback. TexasSTAR@utsouthwestern.edu