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Frequently asked questions for applicants

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Why are the AAMC and three specialties offering a supplemental ERAS application? When will it be available? How will residency programs use the new information? Check out the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to learn more. 

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The supplemental ERAS application is intended to help programs better identify applicants who are genuinely interested in their program, and whose interests and experience align well with the program’s setting, mission, and goals.

Only applicants (MD, DO, and international graduates) applying to participating residency programs in internal medicine, dermatology, and general surgery are eligible to complete the supplemental ERAS application. Later this summer, applicants applying to these three specialties will be able to check with their programs to confirm if completion of the supplemental ERAS application is required or optional for the 2022 cycle.

Yes, applicants to participating residency programs will complete both the MyERAS application and the supplemental application. The supplemental application contains different information than is included in MyERAS. 

The supplemental application will be used by applicants who apply to participating programs (within 3 specialties) in the ERAS 2022 cycle.  

Activity Date
Supplemental ERAS Application Guide published  August 4
List of participating programs published  August 4
Supplemental ERAS application opens  September 1
Supplemental ERAS application closes  September 30
Data available to program directors  September 29* & October 6**

*Supplemental ERAS applications submitted by September 19 will be available to programs on September 29.

**Supplemental ERAS applications submitted between September 20 - 30 will be available to programs on October 6.

There is no cost for programs or applicants. 

No, applicants only need to complete one supplemental ERAS application. Their responses will be shared with all programs that are participating and to which they applied.

No, not all programs will be participating. The list of participating programs is now available. Programs may decide to encourage or require applicants to complete the supplemental ERAS application.

For internal medicine, the supplemental application will be available to both preliminary and categorical residency programs.

For general surgery, it will only be available to categorical programs.

The supplemental ERAS application is designed to provide more information about applicants and to drive holistic review. AAMC also offers several tools to help applicants learn more about programs. The free Residency Explorer™ tool allows students to search and compare programs on features that are important to them. The AAMC’s Careers in Medicine website provides tools and information to help them choose a specialty. 

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