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The Electronic Residency Application Service® (ERAS®), developed by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), allows medical school students and graduates to apply electronically for first- and second-year (PGY-1 and PGY-2) residency positions in U.S. programs of graduate medical education (GME). ECFMG serves as the designated Dean’s office for all international medical students and graduates who use ERAS. As your designated Dean’s office, ECFMG is your primary contact for assistance and information throughout the ERAS application process.

Your pursuit of a residency position involves three separate organizations:

Several resources available from these organizations are listed below. However, it is vital that you read each organization’s website carefully to understand the role of each organization and to understand the intricacies of resident recruitment, eligibility criteria, and what is expected of you as a prospective candidate for a residency position.

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  ECFMG

ERAS Support Services at ECFMG

  • Serves as the designated Dean’s office for international medical students/graduates using ERAS.
  • Issues ERAS Tokens via OASIS.
  • Collects, uploads, and transmits supporting documents to the ERAS application.
  • Transmits ECFMG Status Report to the ERAS application.
  • Transmits USMLE transcript, if requested by the applicant, to the ERAS application.

E-mail: eras-support@ecfmg.org
Phone: (215) 966-3520

Applicants who are already registered with MyERAS should contact ERAS Support Services at ECFMG via the MyERAS message center.

ECFMG Policies and Procedures Regarding Irregular Behavior

ECFMG Certificate Holders Office (ECHO)

The ECFMG Certificate Holders Office provides support, service, and free resources to ECFMG-certified physicians, and those nearing certification, as they plan their careers. ECHO resources offer guidance on the U.S. GME system, support for residency applications, daily living in the United States, and more.

ECFMG Exchange Visitor Sponsorship Program

ECFMG is authorized by the U.S. Department of State (DOS) to sponsor foreign national physicians as Exchange Visitors in accredited programs of graduate medical education or training or advanced research programs (involving primarily observation, consultation, teaching, or research).

The ECFMG J-1 Visa Sponsorship Fact Sheet provides an introduction to ECFMG sponsorship of foreign national physicians for the J-1 visa, and includes web-based resources for those who want more information.

Website: www.ecfmg.org/evsp

  AAMC

Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS)

  • Developed and operated by AAMC.
  • Maintains the MyERAS website, where you can register with ERAS, track the status of your ERAS application and documents, and complete residency applications.

For technical support, contact the AAMC ERAS Helpdesk.

Contact Form: Send a Message
Phone: (202) 862-6264
Website: http://www.aamc.org/students/medstudents/eras/

AAMC Publication: Roadmap to Residency

AAMC Applying to Residencies with ERAS®

ERAS Integrity Promotion Education Program

FindAResident®

FindAResident (FAR) is a year-round, web-based search tool developed by the AAMC that is designed to help applicants find open residency and fellowship positions. It supplements ERAS and is ideal for finding unfilled positions—especially if an applicant did not obtain a position through the NRMP Main Residency Match or the Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program® (SOAP®).

  NRMP

National Resident Matching Program (NRMP)

  • Collects the preferences of applicants and program directors for available residency positions.
  • Matches applicants with available positions.

E-mail: support@nrmp.org
Phone: (202) 400-2233; or toll-free in the United States: (866) 653-NRMP (6767)
Website: www.nrmp.org

2017 NRMP Main Residency Match®: Match Rates by Specialty and State

Results of the 2016 NRMP Program Director Survey

Charting Outcomes in the Match - International Medical Graduates: Characteristics of Applicants Who Matched to Their Preferred Specialty in the 2016 Main Residency Match

  Additional Resources

Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) is a private, nonprofit council responsible for the accreditation of residency education programs within the United States. ACGME accreditation is accomplished through a peer review process and is based upon established standards and guidelines.

AMA FREIDA Online®

FREIDA Online lists information for the more than 9,000 graduate medical education programs accredited by the ACGME, as well as over 100 Board-approved combined specialty programs. Users can search for training programs using a variety of selection criteria such as specialty, state, or even training institution.

Directory of U.S. State Medical Boards

Phone: (817) 868-4000
Website: www.fsmb.org

International Opportunities in Medical Education

International Opportunities in Medical Education (IOME) is an on-line resource that provides up-to-date information about the extent and nature of international health opportunities for students, residents, and faculty of U.S. allopathic medical schools, as well as opportunities available in the United States for students, residents, and faculty of medical schools abroad. IOME is the result of a survey conducted collaboratively by the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER®) and AAMC.

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Important Dates:

September 6: At 9:00 a.m. on September 6, you can start using the MyERAS website to transmit your MyERAS application, supporting documents, and Personal Statement(s) to residency programs. Programs will not have access to applications until September 15 at 9 a.m. All applications submitted September 6 through September 15 will appear to programs as being submitted on September 15.

September 15: Registration for the National Resident Matching Program® (NRMP®), or “the Match,” opens at 12:00 p.m. on the NRMP website. Register now!

September 22: ERAS Support Services strongly recommends that MSPEs arrive at ECFMG no later than September 22 if submitted electronically through OASIS. This timeline does not apply to international medical schools that are electronically submitting your MSPE through the EMSWP ERAS program. There is a 1-2 business day turn-around time for MSPEs received through EMSWP ERAS.

All times shown are Eastern Time in the United States.

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Supporting documents may take up to five business days to process once submitted.

Monitor the AAMC’s MyERAS website to track the status of your ERAS application and documents.

ECFMG Certificate Holders Office (ECHO) Resources
Charting Outcomes in the Match for IMGs, a report by NRMP
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Last updated May 24, 2017.
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