Saved Programs

You can select “Add Programs” to navigate to the Search Programs page. 

In This Section:

Saved Signals Overview

The Saved Signals Overview summary provides a quick glance of the saved specialties and how many signals remain for each. It can be collapsed and expanded using the icon in the top right corner. The specialties are divided into three categories, and the number in parentheses indicates the number of programs currently saved in each of those categories. Only five specialties of each type are displayed at one time, and additional specialties will be paginated: 

  1. Single Tier: These specialties have opted to use only one type of program signal. 
  2. Two-Tier: These specialties have opted to use a two-tiered system for signaling: Gold (most preferred) and Silver (preferred). 
  3. Not Participating: These specialties are not accepting program signals, and no signals can be assigned to programs in these specialties.  

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Signal Counts

Each participating specialty allocates a fixed number of signals to assign to programs. The Signal Count column shows three numbers for each specialty: 

  • Available: Shows how many signals remain after subtracting the total signals assigned to Saved Programs and the number of signals sent to programs that applicant has already applied to.  
  • Assigned: Shows how many signals have been assigned to saved programs. You can edit or reassign these signals as much as you like. Signals assigned to saved programs are not final until they are sent to a program with the application. 
  • Applied: Shows the number of signals that have been assigned to programs that you have applied to. Once an application has been submitted to a program, no updates can be made to the program signal assignment for that program. If you withdraw your application from a program you signaled, that signal cannot be reassigned to another program.  

As the number of Assigned and Applied to signals increases, the number of signals Available will decrease.  

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You can enter keywords or numbers that are in the Program Name, Specialty, City, State, or Track Name and Accreditation ID to search for programs within your saved programs list. 

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Saved Programs List

Saved programs are displayed by choosing a specialty from the Select a Specialty menu. All saved programs in that specialty will be displayed. Only specialties associated with saved programs will appear in the list. The number of saved programs associated with each specialty will appear in parentheses next to the specialty name. 

  • For each program in the search results, the following information will be displayed: 
    • Program Name.  
    • City. 
    • State. 
    • Signaled? (whether a program has been assigned a signal and what type). 
    • Signaling Status (whether a program is participating/accepting program signals).  
    • Accreditation ID. 
  • You can follow the “Program Name” link to view the contact details and additional information specific to that program, as well as manage training selections. 
  • If a program has additional information they would like to share with you, an icon (I) will display to the right of the program name. Follow the “Program Name” link to view the additional information. Programs are not required to share additional information in the MyERAS portal. 

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Program Signal for Residency Applicants

You can assign a program signal only to programs that are participating. Participating programs will be indicated by “Accepting Signals” in the Signaling Status column in the list of saved programs by specialty.  

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Add Program Signal

To assign a signal, go to the Actions menu (indicated by three vertical dots). Two-tiered programs will have the option to assign a gold or silver s. Both options will show how many signals are available (not assigned to a saved program or sent to a program already applied to) displayed in parentheses. Single-tiered programs will only have the option “Assign Signal” with the number of signals available in parentheses. The Signaled? column will indicate whether a signal has been assigned to a program and what type. For example: 

  • Yes for single-tiered programs.  
  • Gold or Silver for two-tiered programs.  
  • No if no signal has been assigned. 
  • N/A for programs that are not participating. 

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Remove or Change Program Signal in the Actions Menu 

For single-tiered specialties, there will be an option to remove an assigned signal. When all available signals have been assigned, the option to assign will be grayed out, and the number available will be 0. 

For two-tiered specialties, there will be an option to assign a gold or silver signal . Once a signal has been applied, there will be an option to remove that signal or switch to the other type of signal.  

For specialties or programs that are not participating in program signals, there will be no options related to assigning signals. 

If no signals are available, but they have not all been assigned to programs applied to, signals assigned to saved programs can be removed and reassigned. Sorting the Signaled? column will make it easier to assess which saved programs have signals assigned to them.

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Assigning Documents

You must designate the assignment of documents to each program. It is important that you know the program requirements so you can keep them in mind while making your assignments. 

  • Documents can be assigned to any saved program by selecting “Assign Documents” under the Actions column of the intended program. 
  • Document assignments can be modified at any time for a program that you have not applied to. 
  • Documents assigned to a program are the same for all training within the program. 
  • Note: You cannot assign documents to programs that are closed.  

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Deleting Programs 

You can delete programs only from your saved programs list. Once a program has been applied to, it cannot be deleted. 

  • A program can be removed from the saved programs list by selecting “Delete” under the Actions column of the intended program. 

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Apply/Preview Invoice

You should review the application timeline to see when you can begin applying to programs. 

  • To apply to programs or just preview an invoice, you must mark the checkbox for each program they would like to select and then choose “Apply/Preview Invoice.” 
  • Program signal assignments will be submitted with an application. You will have an opportunity to confirm the signals that will be submitted before being prompted to enter payment information.  
  • A summary of all costs for the selected programs and any associated transcript fees will be displayed with the option to apply, which will take you through the payment process. 

Note: The ERAS program uses a secure server for your credit card information and does not retain the information for future use. 

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Applying Before Programs Can Access/View Application Material

  • Applicants applying to September cycle residency programs: MD and DO residency applicants can begin applying to ACGME-accredited programs on Sept. 6. However, programs will not be able to view these applications until Sept. 27. All applications sent between Sept. 6 and Sept. 27 will be date stamped Sept 27 on the program’s side. 
  • Applicants applying to July cycle fellowship programs: 
    • Applicants can begin applying to July cycle fellowships on July 5. However, programs will not be able to view these applications until July 19. All applications sent between July 5 and July 19 will be date stamped July 19 on the program’s side. 
  • Applicants applying to December cycle fellowship programs: 
    • Applicants can begin applying to December cycle fellowships on Nov. 15. However, programs will not be able to view these applications until Dec. 6. All applications sent between Nov. 15 and Dec. 5 will be date stamped Dec. 6 on the program’s side. 

Note: Although we make every effort to ensure that our data are up to date, programs may not always communicate to the ERAS program their intention to accept applications, or a program's status may change. Therefore, it is your responsibility to contact programs before applying to confirm that you meet all eligibility requirements and program deadlines. 

Note: The ERAS program does not give refunds for any reason. You are advised to research and contact programs before applying to minimize the risk of applying to a program that is no longer accepting applications or not participating in the ERAS program. 

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