Presidents’ Day Holiday: ERAS Support Services will be closed February 18.
February 20: NRMP Registration/Withdraw and Rank Order List certification deadline is 9:00 p.m., Eastern Time.
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 PostOffice, where they can be downloaded by the residency programs to which the applicant has applied.
This section of the ERAS Support Services website is designed to provide international medical schools with resources and updates in connection with the ERAS application process and to keep these schools apprised of new developments as the ERAS program evolves over the next few years.
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Throughout the ERAS process, ECFMG collaborates with AAMC, National Resident Matching Program (NRMP), and the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) through shared resources, data exchanges, and research collaboration. It is important to understand the specific roles and responsibilities of each organization. For more information, refer to About ERAS.
Currently, ECFMG is collaborating with AAMC on the redesign of the ERAS application process. One of ECFMG’s goals is to implement processes to collect all ERAS supporting documents electronically, creating a virtually paperless application process.
As part of the redesign of the ERAS system, ECFMG is committed to defining the characteristics of and challenges faced by IMG ERAS applicants and to considering those unique challenges when building a customized IMG applicant management system. The goal is to enhance the system to more efficiently handle a large volume of IMGs applying to U.S. training programs. We realize the ERAS application and U.S. residency recruitment processes are stressful for applicants and require ERAS Support Services to provide optimal service, quick turnaround times, and guidance to all who seek our assistance. Moving forward, ECFMG will continue to: