What is ERAS?
The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) developed ERAS®the
Electronic Residency Application Service, to transmit residency applications,
letters of recommendation, Dean's Letters, transcripts, and other supporting
credentials from applicants and medical schools to residency program
directors using the Internet.
How does ERAS work?
The ERAS solution is made up of three components: the applicant web
site MyERAS the Dean's Office Workstation (DWS), and the Program Director's
Workstation (PDWS). Using a current web browser, (Netscape 4.76 or higher,
Internet Explorer Ver 5 or higher, AOL Ver 5 or higher, or Opera 5)
applicants complete an application, select programs, and create and
assign supporting documents using a secure site. They then submit these
files to ERAS for processing. School staff uses the DWS to scan and
store the applicant's transcripts, Dean's Letter and letters of recommendation
and transmit them to the ERAS Post Office. Residency programs use the
PDWS to connect to the ERAS PostOffice to download applications, and
to review them using criteria they establish.
Which programs will use ERAS in 20032004?
Most PGY I specialties, including the Army and Navy, will use ERAS®
2004 to receive their applications. A list of programs participating
in ERAS will be available on MyERAS and on the ERAS web site in late
June at www.aamc.org/students/eras/ in the Applicant Support section.
Applicants should contact programs directly to confirm their participation.
How much does ERAS cost?
ERAS processing fees are based on the number of programs to which you
apply. ERAS® 2004 fees, per specialty, are: $60 (includes up to 10 programs);
$8 each for 1120 programs; $15 each for 2130 programs; and
$25 each for program(s) over 30.
International medical graduates (IMGs) pay an additional fee to the
Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG), for designated
dean's office services. Applicants who request USMLE transcripts via
ERAS pay a $50 fee to the NBME or ECFMG for an unlimited number of electronic
transcripts. Osteopathic applicants can also request an unlimited number
of COMLEX transcripts to be sent via ERAS for $50.
How do I gain access to the ERAS
Contact your designated dean's office. They will provide you with instructions
for processing applications via ERAS.
||Designated Dean's Office
US Prior Yr Grad
|Your Medical School
||Your Medical School
+Click on http://www.ecfmg.org/eras
#Military applicants should also consult with their military counselor
for special instrucitons.
When can I get started?
ERAS instructions and your electronic token or access key to MyERAS
will be distributed from your dean's office after June 30, 2003. MyERAS
will be available on July 15, 2003.
What will my school do?
Your school (or designated dean's office) will establish processing
procedures for ERAS, and the schedule for distributing MyERAS information.
They will also process supporting application documents. Schools scan
transcripts, attach documents, process letters of recommendation, send
files to selected programs via the ERAS PostOffice, etc. Student affairs
staff can also help you with career planning and targeting appropriate
program to apply to with ERAS.
When is the deadline?
Individual programs set deadlines. Contact the programs directly for
more information about their requirements, facilities, and deadlines.
I don't have a computer at home.
How can I apply?
You can use ANY computer with an Internet connection. The computer must
have Internet Explorer version 5 or Netscape 4.76 (or higher) or a compatible
(AOL version 5.0 or greater will work). An e-mail address is also required
so programs can contact you.
How do I apply to programs
not participating in ERAS?
Contact the program directly for their application requirements. You
cannot use ERAS to apply to a program that is not available on the MyERAS