Please note that you can no longer use ECFMG’s OASIS or the MyECFMG mobile app to request a Token for the ERAS 2020 season. If a program requests that you submit an ERAS application for the 2020 season and you do not already have a 2020 Token, please call (215) 966-3520 to reach an ERAS Support Services representative to request a 2020 Token.
If you plan to use ERAS to apply for residency positions that start on July 1, 2021, you can request a 2021 Token via ECFMG’s OASIS or the MyECFMG mobile app beginning in late June 2020.
Workforce Additions Critical to Combating COVID-19 Pandemic
More than 7,000 international medical graduates (IMGs) obtained first-year residency positions in U.S. programs of graduate medical education (GME), according to results of the 2020 Main Residency Match® announced Friday by the National Resident Matching Program® (NRMP®). On July 1 these physicians are scheduled to join teaching hospitals across the nation, where they will engage in medical specialty training and provide supervised patient care. They will join the U.S. physician workforce during a national health care crisis.
“Comprising approximately one-quarter of our active physicians, IMGs are critical to meeting our nation’s health care needs, including the current health care crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said ECFMG|FAIMER President & CEO William W. Pinsky, M.D. “We need every one of these qualified physicians to join their U.S. training programs on time, and we are working aggressively to address any obstacles, such as immigration or travel restrictions, that would prevent these newly matched physicians from bringing their skills and talents to bear on the current crisis.”
IMGs practice in high numbers in medically underserved areas and in primary-care specialties. Friday’s Match results are consistent with the trends for IMGs to join primary-care specialties, such as Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, and Pediatrics—front-line providers in the fight against the current COVID-19 crisis.
The number of IMGs who matched at 7,376 represents an increase of 351 over last year’s Match. Of the 7,376 IMGs who matched, 3,154 are U.S. citizens and 4,222 are citizens of other nations. Sixty-one percent of IMG applicants were selected by U.S. GME programs in the highly competitive Match process, the highest IMG match rate in 30 years. An infographic on IMG performance in the 2020 Match can be found here.
Before they enter U.S. GME, IMGs are assessed by ECFMG®, the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates. ECFMG’s program for certifying IMGs is a rigorous process that includes passing components of the United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®), the same examinations required of U.S. medical school students and graduates. As part of the certification process, ECFMG verifies the authenticity of IMGs’ medical education credentials, including their medical diplomas, directly with the issuing medical schools. Only IMGs who are certified by ECFMG can enter U.S. GME programs.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.