ERAS SOAP® Information

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The Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program® (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® (NRMP®) Registration, Ranking, and Results (R3®) system.

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Updated: March 2022

During Match Week, unmatched and partially unmatched applicants who are deemed eligible may participate in SOAP to try to obtain an unfilled residency position. 

SOAP 2022 begins on Monday, March 14 at 9 a.m. ET and ends on Thursday, March 17 at 9 p.m. ET. The MyERAS® application opens on Monday, March 14 at 10 a.m. and programs cannot start to review applications until Tuesday, March 15 at 8 a.m. ET. Please select the links below to navigate to 2022 ERAS SOAP information and resources: 

SOAP 2022 ERAS Schedule 

To familiarize applicants with the SOAP schedule and process, the AAMC Electronic Residency Application Service® (ERAS®) and the NRMP hosted a joint webinar on Thursday, March 10. ERAS and NRMP provided an overview of the SOAP process and information on the following: 

  • NRMP SOAP eligibility requirements 

  • Communication rules during SOAP 

  • ERAS preparation for SOAP 

  • ERAS SOAP requirements 

  • ERAS SOAP application process 

  • Match Week timeline and SOAP offer rounds 

  • NRMP SOAP data 

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Pre-SOAP Tasks

To participate in SOAP, applicants must be: 

  • Registered for the NRMP Main Residency Match®. 

  • Eligible to enter Graduate Medical Education (GME) on July 1, 2022 as verified by your medical school or the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). 

  • Unmatched or partially matched on Monday, March 14

There is no separate registration for SOAP and applicants do not submit a rank order list. 

If you have any additional questions about eligibility, please visit the NRMP website

Optional tasks: 

  • Certify and submit your MyERAS application if you have not done so already during the ERAS 2022 regular season. 

  • Keep personal information (e.g., NRMP ID) updated in MyERAS. 

  • Upload Letters of Recommendation. 

  • Update or add a new personal statement(s).  

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SOAP Resources 

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ERAS Fees During SOAP 

Applicants who have applied to at least one residency program (for ERAS 2022 season) by Monday, March 14 at 6:30 a.m. ET will not pay any application fees during SOAP. Prior years' applications are not counted toward the current application season. For information about non-SOAP fees, please visit Fees for Residency Applications.  

Applicants who have not applied to at least one residency program through ERAS by Monday, March 14 at 6:30 a.m. ET and are SOAP-eligible will be charged a fee of $99. If you have not sent your USMLE or COMLEX-USA transcripts, a fee of $80 per transcript type will apply. 

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ERAS Fees Post SOAP 

ERAS will continue to offer the flat fee program when 2022 SOAP concludes.  

This program is for ERAS 2022 residency applicants who were SOAP-eligible and who applied or reapplied during SOAP and did not obtain a position. For applicants who meet these requirements, applications will be $10 each regardless of specialties. This flat fee program will conclude at the remainder of the ERAS 2022 season on Tuesday, May 31, 2022, at 5 p.m. ET. For all other residency applicants, the regular application fee structure for the ERAS 2022 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.  

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Once SOAP begins 

During SOAP, you will be able to apply to a total of 45 Match participating programs between Monday, March 14 at 10 a.m. ET and Thursday, March 17 at 9 p.m. ET. You may reapply to programs you applied to during the ERAS 2022 season as well as apply to new programs. Please note, the program must be participating in SOAP and have unfilled positions that you're eligible for. 

Once you have reached the maximum of 45 applications, you will not be able to apply to additional programs until SOAP ends on Thursday, March 17, at 9 p.m. ET. You are not required to apply to the full 45 programs allowed during SOAP. However, any remaining applications will not carry over after SOAP ends.  

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After SOAP concludes 

ERAS resumed normal operations on Thursday, March 17 at 9 p.m. ET. 

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