Information for international medical students/graduates on the Electronic Residency Application Service® (ERAS®) 2019 application season is now available. If you plan to apply for U.S. residency positions that begin in July 2019, visit the ERAS Support Services section of the ECFMG website for important information. Most U.S. residency programs participate in ERAS. If you apply to participating programs, you must use ERAS to do so.
At the ERAS Support Services section of the ECFMG website, you will be able to:
- See an overview of the Application Process and Timeline.
- View instructions on how to obtain an ERAS Token, which will enable you to register at the MyERAS website of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and work on your residency applications.
- Find instructions for submitting your supporting documents, such as letters of recommendation and transcripts.
ERAS Support Services will transmit your supporting documents to your ERAS application. All supporting documents must be submitted electronically. For more details, please refer to the “Upload Your Documents Now” e-mail that will be sent to you via the MyERAS Message Center after you have registered at MyERAS.
Residency Tokens for the ERAS 2019 application season are expected to be available through ECFMG’s On-line Applicant Status and Information System (OASIS) and the MyECFMG mobile app beginning June 21, 2018. You can use a 2019 Token to register with AAMC’s MyERAS beginning June 21, 2018.
During the ERAS 2018 application season, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) conducted a pilot of their Standardized Video Interview (SVI) program. The AAMC will continue to pilot this program during the ERAS 2019 season.
The SVI pilot is mandatory for ERAS 2019 applicants to Emergency Medicine programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Emergency Medicine program directors will include the video interview as a component when evaluating applications. The SVI does not replace or replicate in-person interviews.
The deadline to complete the video interview is July 15, 2018, 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time in the United States, so ERAS applicants planning to apply to ACGME-accredited Emergency Medicine programs are encouraged to purchase their ERAS Token and register with MyERAS early to allow enough time to complete the SVI process. Tokens for ERAS 2019 are expected to be available for purchase through OASIS or the MyECFMG mobile app beginning June 21, 2018.
For complete information and helpful resources, please visit the AAMC Standardized Video Interview web page at: https://students-residents.aamc.org/applying-residency/applying-residencies-eras/aamc-standardized-video-interview/.
You can view the latest SVI webinars from AAMC at: https://students-residents.aamc.org/applying-residency/article/svi-webinar-archive/.
(Posted April 27, 2018; updated June 1, 2018)
To participate in the National Resident Matching Program® (NRMP®) Main Residency Match®, international medical students/graduates must have passed all exams required for ECFMG Certification. If you plan to participate in the 2019 Match (in March 2019) and still need to pass Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS), you should register now to take the examination.
To help ensure that your result will be available in time to participate in the 2019 Match, you must take Step 2 CS by December 31, 2018. If you do not register now and schedule soon, it is possible that you will not be able to obtain a test date in 2018. At the time of this writing, the earliest available test date at any test center is in August 2018.
The USMLE program also strongly encourages medical students/graduates to schedule their exams early to obtain a testing appointment this year.
If you register and schedule now, you can change your scheduled testing appointment (subject to availability) at no cost, provided you give notice of more than 14 days.
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