The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) developed the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS®) to allow medical school students and graduates to apply electronically for residency positions in accredited U.S. programs of graduate medical education.
Students and graduates of U.S. medical schools/programs are assisted in the ERAS process by the Dean’s office at their medical schools. The Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS) serves as the designated Dean’s office for students and graduates of Canadian medical schools/programs who participate in ERAS. Since ERAS was established in 1996, ECFMG has served as the designated Dean’s office for students and graduates of international medical schools, including Fifth Pathway participants, assisting these individuals with the ERAS application process for first- and second-year (PGY-1 and PGY-2) residency positions.
International medical students/graduates who apply to programs that participate in ERAS begin the application process by requesting an ERAS Token, a unique identification number, from ECFMG. The Token allows applicants to access AAMC’s MyERAS website, where they can complete their residency applications, select the programs to which they will apply, and assign supporting documents to these programs.
As the designated Dean’s office, ECFMG receives supporting documents for the ERAS application, such as Medical Student Performance Evaluations, medical school transcripts, letters of recommendation, and photographs from applicants, and their medical schools and letter writers. ECFMG then transmits these documents to the virtual ERAS PostOffice. ECFMG also transmits to the ERAS PostOffice reports of an applicant’s ECFMG certification status and, if requested by the applicant, USMLE transcripts. Once supporting documents have been received at the ERAS PostOffice, they can be downloaded by the programs to which the applicant has applied.
For more information on ERAS, visit the AAMC’s ERAS website. For more information on ERAS Support Services at ECFMG, select the appropriate link below.
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