The Residency Interview: Who Screens your MyERAS Application?

Only one to three people per program are responsible for screening residency applications.

The Residency Interview: Who Screens My ERAS Application?

You’re applying to residency and wonder, “who screens MyERAS application?”

Let’s take a look:

Typically only one to three people per program screen the Electronic Residency Application Service (MyERAS) applications.

But here’s the key, 

The Residency Interview: Who Screens your MyERAS® Application?

How they screen your MyERAS is important to understand.

Many applicants ask us the following question.

The Residency Interview: Who Screens your MyERAS® Application?

How many applications will be reviewed?

Since some programs may have up to 500 eras residency applicants (or even 1,000) for only 100 interview slots, for example, it becomes the responsibility of those reviewing applications to decide who will be invited. 

The Residency Interview: Who Screens your MyERAS® Application?

So, do you understand who does the screening of MyERAS?

I can tell you from experience that making these decisions is a daunting task.

So, how does the process work?

Let’s get started.

First, the program will try to decrease the work load.

Many program directors apply filters to applications to decrease the number of applications that must be reviewed to a reasonable quantity.

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The Residency Interview: Who Screens your MyERAS® Application?

What kinds of “filters” are used?

There are many.

The Residency Interview: Who Screens your MyERAS® Application?

USMLE Step 1

Some filters may be applied so program directors only review applications who have a certain United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE) step 1 score as a threshold. This means that applicants who are below a certain USMLE score will be filtered out automatically.

What else?

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The Residency Interview: Who Screens your MyERAS® Application?

Date of Graduation

Others may use a filter that only views applicants who have graduated within five years.

And?

The Residency Interview: Who Screens your MyERAS® Application?

 

No Filters Used…

Others may use no filters and manually review every application submitted.

 

But, that’s not all. 

Some programs then assign “points” for everything such as:

  • Research experience
  • USMLE scores
  • Letters of Recommendation

Your score must meet a minimum number.

You are invited for an interview only when your “score” meets a minimum number.

 

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Residency Match and Subjectivity

More often, however, a great deal of subjectivity goes into the decision to invite an applicant for an interview, whatever the grading system.

Also, keep in mind…

The screener’s personal interests and outlook play a part in the review of your application–especially if you are a “borderline” applicant.

For example,

If reviewer A always had to struggle with standardized tests yet managed to succeed while reviewer B always had board scores in the top 5th percentile, reviewer A is much more likely than reviewer B to screen in an application with lower-than-average board scores.

The bottom line:

Answering the question, “who screens MyERAS®” is the first step in understanding how the residency match process works.

This blog entry is an excerpt from The Residency Interview (CHAPTER 1: THE INTERVIEW PROCESS).  Click her to read more.