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ERAS Support Services at ECFMG

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.

ERAS Support Services for Applicants

ERAS Support Services for International Medical Schools

ERAS Support Services for Letter Writers

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Important Dates:

Labor Day Holiday: ERAS Support Services will close at 2:00 p.m. on August 29 and reopen September 2.

September 15: ERAS Support Services strongly recommends that MSPEs arrive at ECFMG no later than September 15 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. Documents submitted by medical schools via EMSWP will be processed and transmitted within two business days.

September 15: Applicants may begin applying to ACGME-accredited programs through the MyERAS website.

September 15: NRMP registration for the 2015 Match opens at 12:00 p.m. on the NRMP website.

All times shown are Eastern Time in the United States.

Reminder: ERAS Support Services at ECFMG does not accept paper documents in support of ERAS residency applications. All supporting documents must be submitted electronically via one of the available methods.

Documents uploaded using ECFMG’s OASIS and AAMC’s LoR Portal will take one to two weeks to process.

Monitor the ADTS section of AAMC’s MyERAS website to track the status of your ERAS application.

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