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ERAS 2022 Application Cycle
The ERAS 2022 Residency and Fellowship Application Cycles are now available. These changes reflect a collaborative approach that involved working with several AAMC constituent groups,  the residency program community, specialty organizations, the ERAS Advisory Committee and ERAS business partners.  

ERAS 2021 July Fellowship Cycle

After much consideration and in collaboration with several AAMC affinity groups, specialty organizations, and the ERAS Advisory Committee, ERAS has modified the July 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 

ERAS 2021 Residency Cycle

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 applications and training programs as they prepare for the 2021 residency application cycle. In 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 of 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 2022 Residency Application Timeline

To better support all parties during the application and interview process, current and immediate past chairs of the ERAS Advisory Committee have issued suggested practices to improve the virtual interview experience for everyone in the ERAS 2021 Interview Practices letter

ERAS is introducing a new, optional feature that enables applicants to share all of their interview information (including invitations received outsie of ERAS) with their Designated Dean's Office (DDO). This feature will display in MyERAS on Wednesday, October, 21 at 9 a.m. ET when programs gain access to review applications and may begin inviting applicants to interview. To acquaint applicants with this new feature, ERAS has outlined the steps to sharing and adding interview information in MyERAS.

The 2021 Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program (SOAP®) began on Monday, March 15 at 11 a.m. ET and ended on Thursday, March 18 at 3 p.m. ET. SOAP is the process by which eligible, unmatched or partially unmatched applicants may apply to programs with unfilled residency positions and receive offers through the National Resident Matching Program's (NRMP®) Registration, Ranking, and Results (R3®) system. ERAS 2021 SOAP information for applicants is now available. 

ERAS launched a new flat fee program when 2021 SOAP concluded on Thursday, March 18 at 3 p.m. ET. This program is for ERAS 2021 residency applicants who were SOAP-eligible, applied or reapplied during SOAP, and did not obtain a position. For applicants that meet these requirements, applications will be $10 each regardless of specialties applied to. This flat fee program will conclude at the remainder of the ERAS 2021 season on Monday, May 31, 2021 at 5 p.m. ET. For all other residency applicants, the regular application fee structure for ERAS 2021 residency applicants will apply. ERAS application fees will automatically populate when applicants apply to programs based on the applicant’s payment history and/or SOAP participation. 

Medical Student Away Rotations and In-Person Interviews for 2020-21 Residency Cycle

On May 11, the Coalition for Physician Accountability – a cross-organizational group of national medical education organizations, of which the AAMC is a member – released its recommendations, Medical Students in the Class of 2021: Moving Across Institutions for Post Graduate Training, covering three major issues that applicants and training programs are facing as they prepare for the 2020-21 residency cycle during the COVID-19 pandemic: away rotations; in-person interviews for residency; and the ERAS timeline.

Conducting Virtual Interviews During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Given the need for all of us to support the nation’s public health efforts, the AAMC strongly encourages medical school and teaching hospital faculty to conduct all interviews with potential students, residents, and faculty in a virtual setting – either by phone or through video conferencing. The AAMC has put together virtual interview resources when preparing for interviews. 

AAMC, ERAS Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources

The AAMC is continuing to monitor this rapidly changing situation and will provide any new information as necessary. AAMC Services updates on operations due to COVID-19 restrictions can be found on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource Hub.

Please visit ERAS Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQs to learn how it might affect you.

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused significant disruptions to medical education across the country. Several specialties have released guidance around their upcoming application cycle on Specialty Response to COVID-19 webpage.

AAMC Residency Application Resources

The AAMC has launched a new and improved Careers in Medicine (CiM) website to offer valuable content for future physicians as they make one of the most important decisions of their medical school journey – choosing a specialty – and navigate the residency application and Match process. Among the new features, content is now organized and color-coded by the four-phase career planning model, making it easier for medical students to make a well-informed, confident specialty choice and apply smart for residency. The redesigned Careers in Medicine website is mobile friendly, has an enhanced search function, and will continue to evolve and improve based on user feedback. Please direct feedback or questions to Applicants are highly encouraged to use this resource when devising a smart residency application strategy.

The Residency Explorer tool allows you to explore programs in 23 specialties and compare your profile to previously matched applicants at each program.

New data released from Diminishing Returns will help applicants decide how many programs to apply to. 

AAMC Standardized Video Interview (SVI) Evaluation Summary

The AAMC will not renew or expand the operational pilot of the SVI for emergency medicine, following the conclusion of the current pilot phase in early 2020. The AAMC stands behind the SVI as a significant innovation and a reliable, valid assessment of behavioral competencies that does not disadvantage individuals or groups. The decision not to offer the SVI for the ERAS 2021 application cycle is based on an assessment of factors necessary for the successful continuation and expansion of the initiative. For more information, please visit AAMC SVI Evaluation Summary webpage.

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