ERAS Support Services for Applicants
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:
- ERAS Support Services at ECFMG
- AAMC’s Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS)
- National Resident Matching Program® (NRMP®, or “the Match”)
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.
- 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.
Phone: (215) 966-3520
Applicants who are already registered with MyERAS should contact ERAS Support Services at ECFMG via the MyERAS message center.
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 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.
- 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.
AAMC Publication: Roadmap to Residency
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®).
- Collects the preferences of applicants and program directors for available residency positions.
- Matches applicants with available positions.
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.
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.
Phone: (817) 868-4000
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.