How To Apply For Residency With ERAS
Step 1: Receive An ERAS Token & Register With MyERAS
Your medical school Dean’s office will provide you with a one time “token” ID to sign up for MyERAS. The ECFMG serves as the Dean’s office for international medical graduates.
As soon as you receive your token ID number, you should register with MyERAS system. A token can be used only once. Make note of and remember your AAMC ID when you register.
You must upload a picture of yourself (max of 3” x 4”), Resolution: 150dpi, File Size: 100kb.
Step 2: Complete Applications & Apply To Programs
Complete the MyERAS application, which includes sections for biographical information, education, medical education, training (if applicable), experience descriptions, publications, licensure and medical licenses (if applicable), self-identification, language fluency and miscellaneous.
Within MyERAS, you also have to manage and keep track of your documents. In this section, you can create one or multiple personal statement(s); identify the people who will write letters of recommendation (LoRs) and authorize the release your USMLE/COMLEX scores.
Once you submit your application, you cannot change it!
ERAS Application Fees
Below is the MyERAS fee schedule:
Programs Per Specialty
- Up to 10: $99
- 11 – 20: $15 each
- 21 – 30: $19 each
- 31 or more: $26 each
Step 3: Designated Dean’s Office, Medical School Transcript & Letters Of Recommendation
The applicant’s designated Dean’s Office will use ERAS to upload the Medical Student Performance Evaluation and medical school transcript.
Some medical schools will upload letters of reference on each student’s behalf, however, many letter writers will upload their letters to the system directly via the ERAS Letter of Recommendation Portal (LoRP).
Step 5: Programs Receive & Review Applications
Once your application is processed, residency programs will start receiving applications. Typically, residency programs will review applications only once all documents (including letters of reference) have been received. Most programs review applications on a computer and do not print out applications. Each reviewer also has his or her own method for reviewing applications. Some might look first at USMLE/COMPLEX scores, someone else might first read letters of recommendation, and another might go straight to the personal statement. The number of people who review your application to decide whether or not you receive an interview also varies. At many programs each person involved in residency admissions might read a certain number of applications and have sole discretion about whether or not to interview an applicant or several people might review each application. Keep in mind that some programs also have filters to weed out some applicants. The most common filters are USMLE/COMLEX score minimums or years since graduation from medical school.
Step 6: Interviews Offered
Once your application materials have been reviewed, you will either be granted an interview in which case you will receive an email notification or you may be put on “hold” or “rejected.” In these latter two instances you likely won’t be notified.
Early June: The ERAS season begins
Applicants can register on MyERAS and begin working on their application.
Early September: Applicants start applying to ACGME-accredited residency programs only.
September 15: ACGME-accredited residency programs start receiving applications and National Resident Matching Program (®) registration opens for the main residency match.
October 1: MSPEs released to residency programs.
October – February: Interviews take place.
Late February: ROL due.
Non-NRMP Residency Programs
The primary reason a program would not participate in the NRMP match is if that program wanted to offer positions to applicants outside of the match. It used to be common practice for programs to fill some spots outside of the match and to offer some spots to applicants directly. However, since the “all in policy” was implemented, programs participating in the NRMP match must offer all spots through the match.
The primary reason a program might not participate in ERAS is if that program was a part of the National Matching Service (NMS/AOA) match.
You can search for programs that don’t participate in the NRMP and/or ERAS by using the “Application Info” feature on FREIDA, however, a recent search of ours found some outdated information.
NRMP: The Match
In March, the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP®) main residency match results are available. This is when applicants find out where they matched and if they matched! Programs will also find out with whom they matched and if their programs filled. Unmatched applicants and unfilled programs participate in the The Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program (SOAP).