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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. 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 from applicants and their medical schools and letter writers.
  • Transmits these documents to each applicant’s ERAS application.
  • Transmits the ECFMG Status Report.
  • Transmits the USMLE transcript, if requested by the applicant.

Once supporting documents have been transmitted to the ERAS application, they can be downloaded by the programs to which the applicant has applied.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Students and graduates of U.S. medical schools 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 who participate in ERAS.

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Important Dates:

Christmas Holiday: ERAS Support Services will close at 2:00 p.m. on December 22 and reopen December 27.

New Year’s Holiday: ERAS Support Services will close at 2:00 p.m. on December 29 and reopen January 2.

January 15: NRMP Rank Order List entry begins at 12:00 p.m.

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.

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Last updated May 24, 2017.
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