Careers in Medicine CiM Home / Prepare for Residency / Application Strategy Application Strategy SHARE: Facebook Twitter Linkedin Email Favorite Add to Favorites Added Added to Favorites Removed from Favorites Removed Smart Strategy Creating a smart residency application strategy You’re likely concerned about the number of programs on your application list, but quality over quantity is key. Consider your residency training goals Before you create your residency program application list, consider your educational and career goals. Strategies to help avoid going unmatched A checklist of resources and questions to ask to help you avoid going unmatched. Parallel Plans Creating a parallel plan You may need to create a parallel plan to help ensure you match. Guide to parallel plans This guide is designed for use by fourth-year students who are considering parallel plan options as they enter the match.