Why Do I Need to Know about the ERAS Application Requirements?
The Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) together with the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) simplifies the residency application process for not just the applicants, but also by bringing together their Dean’s offices, letter of recommendation writers and program directors in a coordinated effort to make the process that much easier. ERAS application requirements can be a little confusing; but by providing each applicant with the facility to build and deliver their application to any of the 162 medical schools and 400 teaching hospitals in Canada and the USA by collecting all their supporting materials in one place, ERAS provides a centralized solution to the residency application and documents distribution process.
This system gives candidates a centralized area in which to kick start their applications and saves time in writing a residency personal statement by cutting down on the need to have so many to send to each individual college.
What Are the ERAS Application Requirements?
The application requirements on ERAS offer you a single route to making the process of applying for higher learning so much easier and by simply creating an online account, you are then able to apply to any university or college within Canada or the USA.
The requirements for applications are:
- MyERAS application (CV)
- Residency Personal statement word count of no longer than 1 page (800 words)
- Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE)
- Medical School Transcripts
- Letters of Recommendation – create a list of LoR authors
- PTAL Postgraduate Training Authorization Letter for California applicants
- ECFMG Status Report – Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates
- USMLE Transcript United States Medical Licensing Examination
This is not a free service however, ERAS fees are automatically calculated and you can pay online using your Visa or MasterCard. The first 10 dedicated programs you apply for will cost only $99 with subsequent additions based on however many further choices you make.
What Is Involved in the ERAS Residency Application Process?
The following is a list put together by our support team to help you understand the exact requirements for medical residency application ERAS. Before you start this process, however, you should ensure that you have all the ERAS required documents:
- From May 26th you are able to go to your Designated Dean’s Office (DDO) for your ERAS token
- If you have not already done so; open an account directly on the AAMC website
- Access your AAMC account to enable you to register the ERAS token that you received
- Login to your MyERAS account to start working on your information
- Complete the MyERAS application form; this form will cover much of the information that is within your resume and does not have to be completed in a single sitting
- Create a request letter for your LoR Authors. You can ask an unlimited number of people to provide you with a Letter of Recommendation (LoR) however you will only ever be able to assign a maximum of 4 to any application
- Send the request letter to each author; these letters are specific and you should not send the same letter to multiple authors
- Craft your personal statement and add it to your MyERAS
- Authorize for the release of your USMLE (United States Medical Licensing Examination) transcript.
- Work with your Dean’s office to upload your transcripts and other supporting documents
- Upload a photo
The ERAS fellowship application requirements are similar to the steps listed above but a further breakdown can be found here.
Timeline for the ERAS Application Requirements
Getting ready for the 2018 season, the ERAS timeline can leave you wondering at which point you need to do something. To simplify it for you so that you don’t miss out on important dates, we have listed them here:
- June 6, 2017 – ERAS 2018 Begins. Applicants can register on MyERAS and begin working on their application.
- September 6, 2017 – Applicants start applying to ACGME-accredited residency programs only.
- September 15, 2017 – ACGME-accredited residency programs start receiving applications.
- October 1, 2017 – MSPEs released to residency programs.
- December 2017 – Military match results are available.
- January 2018 – Urology Residency Match results are available.
- March 2018 – National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) main residency match results are available.
- The Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program (SOAP®) starts.
- May 31, 2018 – ERAS 2018 Season Ends: MyERAS closes at 5 p.m. ET