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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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Format and Content Development

Sections of the supplemental ERAS application.

* During this initial year, there is a concurrent (non-operational) research project underway to test a proprietary work preferences inventory tool that aims to better understand the workstyles of applicants. Data collected from this section of the application will not be shared with program directors; these responses will be used for research purposes by AAMC staff only. 

AAMC staff experts in assessment, psychometrics, and selection processes have developed the new application content, in consultation with other stakeholders within the medical education community, including program staff, student affairs representatives, and current residents are who are participating in content reviews. 

Consistent with best practices, all content is being reviewed by a diverse group of external subject matter experts, including Program Directors and Coordinators, current residents, and Student Affairs representatives to ensure that it is relevant and accessible and fair for all applicants.

Applicants will have the opportunity to send a small number of signals to participating programs. The exact number of signals and instructions for the preference signaling section of the supplemental ERAS application is now available for applicants in the Supplemental ERAS Application Guide

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