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ERAS Support Services for Letter Writers

ERAS Support Services Overview

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/graduates (IMGs) who use ERAS. As the designated Dean’s office, ECFMG assists IMGs throughout the ERAS application process.

ERAS Support Services at ECFMG issues each applicant an ERAS Token, which allows the applicant to access the AAMC MyERAS website to complete his/her residency application. ERAS Support Services also receives the applicant’s supporting documents and transmits them to the ERAS application, where they can be downloaded by the residency programs to which the applicant has applied.

Letters of recommendation (LoRs) are one type of document that can be submitted in support of an individual’s ERAS residency application. This section of the ERAS Support Services website is designed to provide letter writers with information and assistance in submitting LoRs on behalf of ERAS applicants.

AAMC’s Letter of Recommendation Portal (LoRP) provides letter writers with the ability to electronically submit LoRs directly to ERAS Support Services at ECFMG on behalf of an applicant. Detailed information on how to upload letters of recommendation using AAMC’s LoRP is available at

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Important Dates:

March 13: Applicant matched and unmatched information and filled and unfilled results posted to the NRMP website at 11:00 a.m. The List of Unfilled Programs also is released at 11:00 a.m. only to participants eligible for the Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program (SOAP).

March 14: Programs with unfilled positions may start entering their SOAP preference lists at 11:30 a.m.

March 15: SOAP offer rounds begin at 12:00 p.m.

March 16: SOAP concludes at 11:00 a.m.

March 17: Match Day, match results for applicants are posted to the NRMP website at 1:00 p.m.

All times shown are Eastern Time in the United States.

Supporting documents may take one to two weeks to process once submitted.

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

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Last updated May 24, 2016.
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