Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE)

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What is the Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE)?

The Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE) evaluates a medical student’s performance during his or her academic career relative to his or her peers. The MSPE should not act as a “predictor” of your future performance but provide information about your academic performance. See Recommendations for Revising the Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE) to learn more about this document. The MSPE should be written on medical school letterhead with the medical school seal affixed, and signed by the designated medical school official. The MSPE should include your full name.

The MSPE has replaced the term "Dean's letter" to better describe the purpose of this document, which is to evaluate the performance of the medical student. It is not a letter of recommendation. While ERAS Support Services will accept a "Dean's letter" from your medical school, we strongly encourage medical schools to provide an MSPE that follows the MSPE guidelines detailed in the AAMC's Recommendations for Revising the Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE).

How do I submit my MSPE?

To obtain an MSPE, you should contact your medical school. ERAS Support Services does not provide MSPEs. Once you secure the MSPE, you can submit the document to ECFMG electronically via ECFMG’s OASIS. Documents uploaded through OASIS will take up to five business days to process. If your medical school participates in EMSWP ERAS, the school will upload the document on your behalf. Documents uploaded through EMSWP will take up to two business days to process. See Document Submission for more information.

When ECFMG receives your MSPE, it will be transmitted to your ERAS application regardless of whether you have applied to a program. All MSPEs are held at ERAS until October 1, at which time they are released to programs to which you have applied. ERAS Support Services strongly recommends that MSPEs arrive at ECFMG no later than September 22 if submitted electronically via OASIS.

The MSPE is not a letter of recommendation and does not need to be finalized as a LoR and assigned to your programs. This is done automatically when the MSPE is submitted.

What if my medical school does not provide an MSPE?

If you are unable to secure the MSPE from your medical school, you must indicate this on the Additional Documents page in the MyERAS application. A neutral placeholder letter will be provided in place of the MSPE. The placeholder letter will be provided to all of the programs to which you apply, and will state, “This document is provided in lieu of the applicant’s MSPE. Please contact the applicant with any questions you may have.” This will ensure that your application will appear as complete for those programs that require an MSPE before considering your application.

My MSPE is not in English. What should I do?

If the MSPE is not in English, you must have an English translation prepared by and certified to be correct by a medical school official (for example, a Dean or Registrar), a government official (for example, a Consular Officer), or a professional translation service. ECFMG’s recommended professional translation service is Straker Translations. Submit only the English translation to ERAS Support Services at ECFMG.

Last updated May 24, 2017.

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