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ERAS Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQs

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The AAMC continues to monitor guidance about the coronavirus from the CDC and WHO and we are modifying our operations as needed to best support the medical school community during this rapidly changing situation. Below please find answers to some of our most common questions. Please contact your advisor and program directly about changes to their specific dates, policies, deadlines, and requirements.

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The AAMC is on mandatory telework status as of March 13, 2020 as Washington, DC – where the AAMC is headquartered – is under a state of emergency due to the coronavirus outbreak. We have taken the critical steps to ensure all operations, systems, and services are in place to support the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) with remote staffing. 

Due to the increasing number of unfilled positions that have remained at the end of SOAP in recent years and the uncertainty surrounding the upcoming application and Match season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the NRMP has decided to add an additional, fourth offer round to the SOAP process. The additional SOAP offer round will begin at 12:00 p.m. ET on Thursday of Match Week and end at 2:00 p.m. ET. SOAP will now conclude at 3:00 p.m. ET with the posting of the final List of Unfilled Programs in the Registration, Ranking, and Results (R3) system. Please be aware that all SOAP communication and policies within the Match Participation Agreement will remain in place through the conclusion of SOAP at 3:00 p.m. ET on Thursday of Match Week. For more information, please visit the NRMP's Match Update: Fourth Offer Round Added To The 2021 SOAP Process webpage which includes the 2021 Match Week and SOAP Schedule

To address questions regarding the applicant transition to graduate medical education during the COVID-19 crisis, the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP®) has created these Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). While the situation remains fluid, NRMP will continue to monitor conditions and update the FAQs as new information and/or questions emerge. Please feel free to contact the NRMP leadership with questions at admin@nrmp.org.

The Coalition for Physician Accountability’s Work Group on Medical Students in the Class of 2021: Moving Across Institutions for Post Graduate Training made recommendations on major issues facing applicants and training programs as they prepare for the 2021 residency application cycle. In the wake of coronavirus (COVID-19), the Coalition recommends a delayed opening of ERAS for residency programs and a delayed release of the MSPE with a shared date for both. After much consideration for everyone involved and in collaboration with AAMC affinity groups, specialty organizations, and the ERAS Advisory Committee, ERAS has determined that on Wednesday, October 21, 2020, residency programs will gain access to applications and MSPEs will be released to residency programs. These date changes are reflected on the ERAS 2021 Residency Application Timeline.

After much consideration and in collaboration with several AAMC affinity groups, specialty organizations, and the ERAS Advisory Committee, ERAS has modified the July cycle fellowship program timeline. July fellowship programs will now gain access to applications on Wednesday, August 12, 2020. This date change is reflected on the ERAS 2021 Fellowship Application Timeline. On June 16, the Coalition for Physician Accountability's Work Group made recommendations on major issues facing the transition from residency to fellowship during the 2020-2021 academic year. The Coalition recommends away rotations be discouraged and all fellowship programs commit to online interviews and virtual visits for all applicants for the entire cycle. 

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