AAMC Publishes Tools to Support U.S. Residency Program Research and Application Strategy

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) has published resources to support residency applicants in making strategic decisions regarding specialty and residency program selection.

AAMC’s Apply Smart: Data to Consider When Applying to Residency includes information on specialty entrance rates based on applicant type and USMLE Step 1 score. This data may help applicants better assess their competitiveness in each specialty, but do keep in mind that an applicant’s chance of securing a residency position also depends on other factors.

AAMC has also worked collaboratively with nine other organizations, including ECFMG, to develop Residency Explorer, a tool which allows applicants to research residency programs across 11 specialties and compare their characteristics to those who previously matched to those programs. Please note that Residency Explorer does not advise applicants on where they should apply or to which programs they may match. However, it may help you identify programs worth researching further.

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ERAS 2020 Residency Tokens Now Available

Residency Tokens for the Electronic Residency Application Service® (ERAS®) 2020 application season are now available through ECFMG’s On-line Applicant Status and Information System (OASIS) and the MyECFMG mobile app. You can use a 2020 Token to register at the MyERAS website of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), effective Tuesday, June 25, 2019, and work on your residency application.

If you plan to apply for U.S. residency positions that begin in July 2020, visit the ERAS Support Services section of the ECFMG website for important information and instructions on how to obtain an ERAS Token.

ERAS 2020 Program Information for IMGs Now Available

Information for international medical students/graduates on the Electronic Residency Application Service® (ERAS®) 2020 application season is now available. If you plan to apply for U.S. residency positions that begin in July 2020, 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 2020 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 25, 2019. You can use a 2020 Token to register with AAMC’s MyERAS beginning June 25, 2019.

Requirement for ERAS 2020 Applicants to Emergency Medicine Programs

The Emergency Medicine program community has endorsed the use of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Standardized Video Interview (SVI) for the ERAS 2020 season.

The SVI is mandatory for ERAS 2020 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 16, 2019, 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 as soon as possible to allow enough time to complete the SVI process. Tokens for ERAS 2020 are available for purchase through OASIS or the MyECFMG mobile app as of June 25, 2019.

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/.

For information on how to prepare for the SVI, including the latest SVI webinars from AAMC, visit https://students-residents.aamc.org/applying-residency/article/prepare-svi/.

(updated June 25, 2019)

IMGs Participating in 2020 Match Should Apply for Step 2 CS Now

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 2020 Match (in March 2020) 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 2020 Match, you must take Step 2 CS by December 31, 2019. If you do not register now and schedule soon, it is possible that you will not be able to obtain a test date in 2019. At the time of this writing, the earliest available test date at any test center is in September 2019.

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.

For periodic updates on the availability of Step 2 CS testing appointments, follow ECFMG on Facebook and Twitter. Detailed information on the results reporting schedule for Step 2 CS is available on the ECFMG website.