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.
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.
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. It is important to understand the specific roles and responsibilities of each organization. For more information, refer to the Introduction to the ERAS Residency Application Process on this website.
We realize the ERAS application and U.S. residency recruitment processes are stressful for applicants. ERAS Support Services is committed to providing optimal service, quick turnaround times, and guidance to all who seek our assistance. ECFMG will continue to:
- provide free career planning resources for physicians pursuing ECFMG Certification through the ECFMG Certificate Holders Office (ECHO);
- collaborate with medical schools through the ERAS interface within the ECFMG Medical School Web Portal (EMSWP);
- provide client support to international medical school representatives for their inquiries as they pertain to the ERAS application process, the ERAS interface of EMSWP, and any individual applicant issues that may arise; and
- provide medical schools with ongoing educational outreach programs via web- and tele-conferencing.
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