Tips for Using the MyERAS® Portal

  1. The ERAS® program will not collect or process any applicant documents. Supporting documents are received and processed by your Designated Dean’s Office. LoRs must be uploaded by the LoR Author or their designee via the ERAS Letter of Recommendation Portal (LoRP). 
  2. To begin using the MyERAS portal, residency and fellowship applicants must obtain an ERAS token from their Designated Dean’s Office. 
  3. The EFDO is the Designated Dean’s Office for all fellowship applicants, including graduates of U.S. and international medical schools.  
  4. To begin using the MyERAS portal, fellowship applicants must obtain an ERAS token from the EFDO. 
  5. Refer to the Applicant Data and LoR Import sections to understand what material the ERAS program retains for use in subsequent seasons. Make sure to certify and submit your application before the season closes if you would like to import your application and/or certain supporting documents. 
  6. The ERAS program does not set application deadlines or requirements for programs because they are set and communicated by individual programs. You are advised to contact programs directly for deadlines and program requirements. 
  7. You must certify and submit your MyERAS application before you can apply to programs. 
  8. Once you have certified and submitted your application, you will not be able to make any changes to your application outside the information contained on the Personal Information section of the MyERAS application as well as the personal statement. For example, the NRMP® ID is listed in the Personal Information section. As a result, it can be updated even after certifying and submitting the application. 
  9. For LoRs, you must add and confirm letter of recommendation entries. When you confirm an entry, the system will generate a personalized Letter Request Form, which you will need to provide to the LoR Author. You can provide the Letter Request Form to the author via email, postal mail, fax, or in person since a PDF version of the form can be downloaded. 
  10. Once you have released your USMLE and/or COMLEX-USA transcript, assigned it to programs and paid the transcript fee, the ERAS program will send your transcript requests for those programs to the NBME, ECFMG (for IMG applicants), or NBOME for processing. 
  11. Exam transcript requests are usually processed on the same day, but under special circumstances, it can take up to 5 business days from the date of your request for exam score transcripts to be processed and made available to programs. When new transcript scores are uploaded, the most recent upload date will display in the MyERAS portal. 
  12. When searching for programs in the MyERAS portal, if a program has a status other than participating, you should contact the program directly about their participation status with the ERAS program. Be sure to follow due diligence and research your programs even if they have marked themselves as participating. 
  13. Some programs have state work authorization requirements to which they must adhere. Contact the programs directly to find out their requirements before you apply. 
  14. Remember to check the Message Center for important communications from programs or your Designated Dean’s Office in regard to your application and documents. 
  15. Remember to check the Assignments Checklist to ensure that your documents are assigned and sent properly to the programs to which you have applied. 

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