Getting Started

When does the ERAS 2018 season open?

The ERAS 2018 season opened on June 6, 2017.

When does the ERAS 2018 season open?

The ERAS 2018 season opened on June 6, 2017.

How do I find out which specialties and programs will be participating with ERAS for the 2018 season?

A list of participating specialties and programs can be found on the ERAS website.


On rare occasions, a program will sign up initially to participate in ERAS and later withdraw their participation. Sometimes, the program does not communicate the withdrawal to ERAS staff; therefore, it is imperative that applicants contact ALL programs to ensure that they are participating in ERAS before submitting their application materials to them.

 

How do I find out which specialties and programs will be participating with ERAS for the 2018 season?

A list of participating specialties and programs can be found on the ERAS website.


On rare occasions, a program will sign up initially to participate in ERAS and later withdraw their participation. Sometimes, the program does not communicate the withdrawal to ERAS staff; therefore, it is imperative that applicants contact ALL programs to ensure that they are participating in ERAS before submitting their application materials to them.

 

How do I apply to a specialty or program that is not participating with ERAS?

Not all specialties or programs participate with ERAS. If a program is not participating with ERAS, then you should contact that program to determine how to apply.

How do I apply to a specialty or program that is not participating with ERAS?

Not all specialties or programs participate with ERAS. If a program is not participating with ERAS, then you should contact that program to determine how to apply.

How do I gain access to MyERAS?

To access MyERAS, first contact your Designated Dean’s Office; they will issue you an ERAS token, which is a one-time access code used to register for MyERAS.

How do I gain access to MyERAS?

To access MyERAS, first contact your Designated Dean’s Office; they will issue you an ERAS token, which is a one-time access code used to register for MyERAS.

Who is my Designated Dean’s Office?

Applicant Type Designated Dean's Office Phone Number Email Webiste
US Seniors/Graduates (MD or DO) Medical School of Graduation Contact Medical School of Graduation Contact Medical School of Graduation     Contact Medical School of Graduation
International Medical Graduates (IMGs)
Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG)
215-966-3520 eras-support@ecfmg.org www.ecfmg.org/eras
Canadian Medical Graduates CaRMS 1-877-CARMS-42 (1-877-227-6742) help@carms.ca http://www.carms.ca

 

Who is my Designated Dean’s Office?

Applicant Type Designated Dean's Office Phone Number Email Webiste
US Seniors/Graduates (MD or DO) Medical School of Graduation Contact Medical School of Graduation Contact Medical School of Graduation     Contact Medical School of Graduation
International Medical Graduates (IMGs)
Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG)
215-966-3520 eras-support@ecfmg.org www.ecfmg.org/eras
Canadian Medical Graduates CaRMS 1-877-CARMS-42 (1-877-227-6742) help@carms.ca http://www.carms.ca

 

When can I get my ERAS Token for the 2018 season?

Each Designated Dean’s Office establishes their own token distribution procedures for residency applicants using ERAS. These dates may vary.

 

Applicant Type Token Distribution Dates
US Seniors/Graduates (MD or DO) & Canadian Medical Graduates U.S. Medical Schools and CaRMS can begin issuing tokens when the season opens on June 6, 2017.
International Medical Graduates (IMGs) The ECFMG will begin issuing ERAS tokens on June 20, 2017.

 

When can I get my ERAS Token for the 2018 season?

Each Designated Dean’s Office establishes their own token distribution procedures for residency applicants using ERAS. These dates may vary.

 

Applicant Type Token Distribution Dates
US Seniors/Graduates (MD or DO) & Canadian Medical Graduates U.S. Medical Schools and CaRMS can begin issuing tokens when the season opens on June 6, 2017.
International Medical Graduates (IMGs) The ECFMG will begin issuing ERAS tokens on June 20, 2017.

 

What do I need to know before I register with MyERAS?

  • You must obtain an ERAS token from your Designated Dean’s Office. If you use an ERAS token from another school or organization, your documents cannot be accurately uploaded.
  • Make sure that you are using an ERAS token for the current MyERAS season. The system will not allow you to use an ERAS token from a previous season to register.
  • An ERAS token can only be used once to register. Be sure to enter all information accurately.
  • You need an AAMC Account in order to register your ERAS token. If you do not have an AAMC Account from a previous MyERAS season or use of another AAMC service, you will need to register for one.

What do I need to know before I register with MyERAS?

  • You must obtain an ERAS token from your Designated Dean’s Office. If you use an ERAS token from another school or organization, your documents cannot be accurately uploaded.
  • Make sure that you are using an ERAS token for the current MyERAS season. The system will not allow you to use an ERAS token from a previous season to register.
  • An ERAS token can only be used once to register. Be sure to enter all information accurately.
  • You need an AAMC Account in order to register your ERAS token. If you do not have an AAMC Account from a previous MyERAS season or use of another AAMC service, you will need to register for one.

When I register with MyERAS, am I automatically registered to participate in NRMP or any other matching service?

No, registering with ERAS does not register you for the NRMP External Link or any other matching service. You must register separately through the matching service you choose to use.

When I register with MyERAS, am I automatically registered to participate in NRMP or any other matching service?

No, registering with ERAS does not register you for the NRMP External Link or any other matching service. You must register separately through the matching service you choose to use.

What are the fees associated with using MyERAS?

Fee information can be found on the Fees for ERAS Residency Applications page on the ERAS website.

What are the fees associated with using MyERAS?

Fee information can be found on the Fees for ERAS Residency Applications page on the ERAS website.

What methods of payment can I use to pay for fees in MyERAS?

Visa and MasterCard are the only accepted methods of payment.

What methods of payment can I use to pay for fees in MyERAS?

Visa and MasterCard are the only accepted methods of payment.

MyERAS Application

Who should I contact if I need advice on how to fill out my application?

The ERAS HelpDesk is available to provide technical support with the MyERAS application but cannot advise you on how to fill out your application. You should contact your Designated Dean’s Office if you need advice on how to fill out your application.

Who should I contact if I need advice on how to fill out my application?

The ERAS HelpDesk is available to provide technical support with the MyERAS application but cannot advise you on how to fill out your application. You should contact your Designated Dean’s Office if you need advice on how to fill out your application.

When can I certify and submit my application?

  • DO applicants can begin certifying and submitting their application on July 6 at 9 a.m. ET.
     
  • MD applicants can begin certifying and submitting their application on September 6 at 9 a.m. ET.


Note: These dates are the first day that MyERAS will allow applicants to certify and submit their application. It does not mean that an applicant must certify and submit their application on this date.

Once you have certified and submitted your application, it will be irrevocably locked and no changes will be permitted. Your application, once certified and submitted, is provided to all programs to which you apply during this ERAS season. Please take the additional time to proofread your application for any errors or omissions.

 

When can I certify and submit my application?

  • DO applicants can begin certifying and submitting their application on July 6 at 9 a.m. ET.
     
  • MD applicants can begin certifying and submitting their application on September 6 at 9 a.m. ET.


Note: These dates are the first day that MyERAS will allow applicants to certify and submit their application. It does not mean that an applicant must certify and submit their application on this date.

Once you have certified and submitted your application, it will be irrevocably locked and no changes will be permitted. Your application, once certified and submitted, is provided to all programs to which you apply during this ERAS season. Please take the additional time to proofread your application for any errors or omissions.

 

Are there any parts of the application that can be changed or updated after I certify and submit my application?

Once you have certified and submitted your MyERAS application, you will not be able to make any changes or updates outside of the information provided under the Personal Information section. There are no exceptions.

Are there any parts of the application that can be changed or updated after I certify and submit my application?

Once you have certified and submitted your MyERAS application, you will not be able to make any changes or updates outside of the information provided under the Personal Information section. There are no exceptions.

When can I begin applying to programs?

  • Applicants can begin applying to AOA-accredited programs on July 6 at 9 a.m. ET. However, AOA-accredited programs will not be able to view your applications until July 15 at 9 a.m. ET.
     
  • Applicants can begin applying to ACGME-accredited programs on September 6 at 9 a.m. ET. However, ACGME-accredited programs will not be able to view your applications until September 15 at 9 a.m. ET.
     

When can I begin applying to programs?

  • Applicants can begin applying to AOA-accredited programs on July 6 at 9 a.m. ET. However, AOA-accredited programs will not be able to view your applications until July 15 at 9 a.m. ET.
     
  • Applicants can begin applying to ACGME-accredited programs on September 6 at 9 a.m. ET. However, ACGME-accredited programs will not be able to view your applications until September 15 at 9 a.m. ET.
     

When will programs be able to view my application?

  • AOA-accredited programs can begin viewing applications on July 15th at 9 a.m. ET.
     
  • ACGME-accredited programs can begin viewing applications September 15th at 9 a.m. ET.

When will programs be able to view my application?

  • AOA-accredited programs can begin viewing applications on July 15th at 9 a.m. ET.
     
  • ACGME-accredited programs can begin viewing applications September 15th at 9 a.m. ET.

Do all my supporting documents have to be uploaded to ERAS before I can apply to programs?

No. MyERAS only requires that you select a training type in order to apply to programs. Documents can be assigned any time before or after applying to programs.

However, it is important to keep program deadlines and requirements in mind when assigning documents and applying to programs.

The  Assignments Report, which can be found in the Programs menu, is a detailed report of training selections and document assignments for programs you have saved and applied to. Use this report to ensure that the documents assigned to the program meet their application requirements.
 

Do all my supporting documents have to be uploaded to ERAS before I can apply to programs?

No. MyERAS only requires that you select a training type in order to apply to programs. Documents can be assigned any time before or after applying to programs.

However, it is important to keep program deadlines and requirements in mind when assigning documents and applying to programs.

The  Assignments Report, which can be found in the Programs menu, is a detailed report of training selections and document assignments for programs you have saved and applied to. Use this report to ensure that the documents assigned to the program meet their application requirements.
 

What is the deadline to apply to programs?

Individual programs set their own deadlines for receiving application. It is your responsibility as an applicant to research programs thoroughly and in advance of applying to programs.

Also, keep in mind that the ERAS season ends on May 31 of each year, at which point you will no longer have access to your MyERAS account and will not be able to apply to additional programs for the season. Programs will no longer be able to receive new applications or any supporting documents when the season closes.

What is the deadline to apply to programs?

Individual programs set their own deadlines for receiving application. It is your responsibility as an applicant to research programs thoroughly and in advance of applying to programs.

Also, keep in mind that the ERAS season ends on May 31 of each year, at which point you will no longer have access to your MyERAS account and will not be able to apply to additional programs for the season. Programs will no longer be able to receive new applications or any supporting documents when the season closes.

MyERAS Documents

What supporting documents can be included as part of my application when applying to programs?

The ERAS application can include the following supporting documents:

  • Personal Statement
  • Letter(s) of Recommendation (LoRs)
  • USMLE Transcript (optional)
  • COMLEX-USA Transcript (optional)
  • Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE or “Dean’s Letter”)
  • Medical School Transcript
  • Photo (optional)
  • ECFMG Status Report (International  Medical Graduates only)
  • Postgraduate Training Authorization Letter (PTAL or “California Letter”) (International  Medical Graduates only)
     

What supporting documents can be included as part of my application when applying to programs?

The ERAS application can include the following supporting documents:

  • Personal Statement
  • Letter(s) of Recommendation (LoRs)
  • USMLE Transcript (optional)
  • COMLEX-USA Transcript (optional)
  • Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE or “Dean’s Letter”)
  • Medical School Transcript
  • Photo (optional)
  • ECFMG Status Report (International  Medical Graduates only)
  • Postgraduate Training Authorization Letter (PTAL or “California Letter”) (International  Medical Graduates only)
     

How do I get my supporting documents to ERAS so that they can be included as part of my application?

ERAS 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 via the ERAS Letter of Recommendation Portal (LoRP).

How do I get my supporting documents to ERAS so that they can be included as part of my application?

ERAS 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 via the ERAS Letter of Recommendation Portal (LoRP).

Can I edit my Personal Statement after I apply to programs?

Yes, Personal Statements can be edited at any point during the application season – even when assigned to programs applied to.

Can I edit my Personal Statement after I apply to programs?

Yes, Personal Statements can be edited at any point during the application season – even when assigned to programs applied to.

How many LoRs can be uploaded per season? How many LoRs can I assign to any given program?

You may have an unlimited amount of LoRs uploaded; however, only a maximum of four (4) LoRs can be assigned to a given program. Four (4) being the maximum the system will allow, not what is required. Applicants should research individual program requirements to determine what is required when applying to a program.

How many LoRs can be uploaded per season? How many LoRs can I assign to any given program?

You may have an unlimited amount of LoRs uploaded; however, only a maximum of four (4) LoRs can be assigned to a given program. Four (4) being the maximum the system will allow, not what is required. Applicants should research individual program requirements to determine what is required when applying to a program.

How will I know when a LoR is uploaded so that I can assign it to programs?

In addition to being able to track the status of you LoRs on the Letter of Recommendation page in MyERAS, you will receive a notification in the MyERAS Message Center for each LoR that is uploaded by your LoR Authors. A copy of this notification is also sent to the email address listed for your MyERAS account.

How will I know when a LoR is uploaded so that I can assign it to programs?

In addition to being able to track the status of you LoRs on the Letter of Recommendation page in MyERAS, you will receive a notification in the MyERAS Message Center for each LoR that is uploaded by your LoR Authors. A copy of this notification is also sent to the email address listed for your MyERAS account.

Should Standardized Forms/Letters of Evaluations be handled differently than narrative LoRs?

Some programs may request a standardized form/letter in addition to or instead of a narrative letter. These are still considered LoRs and should be handled in the same fashion as stand-alone narrative LoRs. You will still need to enter and confirm the LoR information in MyERAS and provide the LoR Author with a Letter Request Form.

If the standardized form/letter is requested in addition to the narrative letter, both documents should be uploaded as one single PDF file. Otherwise, the standardized form/letter should be uploaded alone. These instructions are included in the Letter Request Form for the LoR Author.

Should Standardized Forms/Letters of Evaluations be handled differently than narrative LoRs?

Some programs may request a standardized form/letter in addition to or instead of a narrative letter. These are still considered LoRs and should be handled in the same fashion as stand-alone narrative LoRs. You will still need to enter and confirm the LoR information in MyERAS and provide the LoR Author with a Letter Request Form.

If the standardized form/letter is requested in addition to the narrative letter, both documents should be uploaded as one single PDF file. Otherwise, the standardized form/letter should be uploaded alone. These instructions are included in the Letter Request Form for the LoR Author.

Does the “Dean’s Letter”, better known as the MSPE, count as one of my four (4) LoRs?

No, the Dean’s Letter/MSPE is not considered a LoR and will not deduct from the four (4) LoRs that can be assigned to a program.

Does the “Dean’s Letter”, better known as the MSPE, count as one of my four (4) LoRs?

No, the Dean’s Letter/MSPE is not considered a LoR and will not deduct from the four (4) LoRs that can be assigned to a program.

Does the PTAL/California Letter count as one of my four (4) LoRs? (IMGs Only)

No, the PTAL/California Letter is not considered a LoR and will not deducted from the four (4) LoRs that can be assigned to a program.

Does the PTAL/California Letter count as one of my four (4) LoRs? (IMGs Only)

No, the PTAL/California Letter is not considered a LoR and will not deducted from the four (4) LoRs that can be assigned to a program.

Is there a fee associated with sending my USMLE transcript to programs via MyERAS?

Yes, the NBME or ECFMG (for IMG Residency Applicants) charges a fee of $80 for transmitting USMLE transcripts to the programs designated by the applicant. This is a flat fee assessed once per application season regardless of the number of programs the USMLE transcript is requested for.

Is there a fee associated with sending my USMLE transcript to programs via MyERAS?

Yes, the NBME or ECFMG (for IMG Residency Applicants) charges a fee of $80 for transmitting USMLE transcripts to the programs designated by the applicant. This is a flat fee assessed once per application season regardless of the number of programs the USMLE transcript is requested for.

Is there a fee associated with sending my COMLEX-USA transcript to programs via MyERAS? (DOs Only)

Yes, the NBOME charges a fee of $80 for transmitting COMLEX-USA transcripts to the programs designated by the applicant. This is a flat fee assessed once per application season regardless of the number of programs the COMLEX-USA transcript is requested for.

Is there a fee associated with sending my COMLEX-USA transcript to programs via MyERAS? (DOs Only)

Yes, the NBOME charges a fee of $80 for transmitting COMLEX-USA transcripts to the programs designated by the applicant. This is a flat fee assessed once per application season regardless of the number of programs the COMLEX-USA transcript is requested for.

When will ERAS send my exam (USMLE or COMLEX-USA) transcript request to the NBME, ECFMG (for IMGs), or NBOME for processing?

Once you have released your USMLE and/or COMLEX-USA transcript, assigned it to program(s) and paid the transcript fee, ERAS will send your transcript requests for those programs to the NBME, ECFMG (for IMG Residency) or NBOME.

When will ERAS send my exam (USMLE or COMLEX-USA) transcript request to the NBME, ECFMG (for IMGs), or NBOME for processing?

Once you have released your USMLE and/or COMLEX-USA transcript, assigned it to program(s) and paid the transcript fee, ERAS will send your transcript requests for those programs to the NBME, ECFMG (for IMG Residency) or NBOME.

How long does it take to process my exam (USMLE or COMLEX-USA) transcript request?

Exam transcript requests are usually processed on the same-day but in 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 MyERAS.

How long does it take to process my exam (USMLE or COMLEX-USA) transcript request?

Exam transcript requests are usually processed on the same-day but in 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 MyERAS.

Can I change my document assignments after applying to programs?

Document assignments will be locked upon applying to a program or when assigning a document to a program you previously applied to. Once a document assignment is locked you will not be able to change it. You may only change document assignments prior to applying to a program. This applies to all document types except Personal Statements. Personal Statement assignments can be changed at any time throughout the season, even after applying to programs.

Can I change my document assignments after applying to programs?

Document assignments will be locked upon applying to a program or when assigning a document to a program you previously applied to. Once a document assignment is locked you will not be able to change it. You may only change document assignments prior to applying to a program. This applies to all document types except Personal Statements. Personal Statement assignments can be changed at any time throughout the season, even after applying to programs.

ERAS Policies

What is the ERAS policy regarding the collection and use of ERAS data?

The AAMC has developed data policy guidelines to prevent the exposure of confidential personal data without the prior permission of the individual. Please review the data policy for details regarding the collection and use of ERAS data.

What is the ERAS policy regarding the collection and use of ERAS data?

The AAMC has developed data policy guidelines to prevent the exposure of confidential personal data without the prior permission of the individual. Please review the data policy for details regarding the collection and use of ERAS data.

How are applicant board scores (COMLEX-USA and USMLE) handled?

The USMLE transcript is required by many MD residency programs as part of the application process.  The COMLEX-USA transcript is required by many AOA-accredited and ACGME-accredited residency programs as part of the DO  application process.

How are applicant board scores (COMLEX-USA and USMLE) handled?

The USMLE transcript is required by many MD residency programs as part of the application process.  The COMLEX-USA transcript is required by many AOA-accredited and ACGME-accredited residency programs as part of the DO  application process.

Who can upload a letter of recommendation to the Letter of Recommendation Portal(LoRP)?

The Letter of Recommendation Portal (LoRP) enables Letters of Recommendation(LoR) Authors and/or their designees to upload letters of recommendation (LoRs) to ERAS for distribution to training programs, at the request of applicants. Learn more about who can upload letters of recommendation to the LoRP.

Who can upload a letter of recommendation to the Letter of Recommendation Portal(LoRP)?

The Letter of Recommendation Portal (LoRP) enables Letters of Recommendation(LoR) Authors and/or their designees to upload letters of recommendation (LoRs) to ERAS for distribution to training programs, at the request of applicants. Learn more about who can upload letters of recommendation to the LoRP.

Can a LoR author edit or rescind their letter of recommendation after it has been uploaded to the LoR Portal?

Letters of Recommendation are the property of the individual who signed the letter (“the author”), not the applicant. The author has the right, at any time, to edit, revoke or rescind his or her letter of recommendation regardless of whether he or she personally uploaded the letter or selected a designee to upload the letter on his or her behalf. Applicants will not be able to replace a letter that has been edited, revoked or rescinded by the letter’s author if the applicant has already assigned a letter to a program to which the applicant has applied.

In cases where an applicant did not waive his or her right to view the letter and uploaded the letter on behalf of the author of the letter, the applicant must, if requested by the author, make requested edits, replace, or revoke the letter on behalf of the author. Failure to comply with the author’s request may result in ERAS staff contacting programs to withdraw the letter on behalf of the author.

Can a LoR author edit or rescind their letter of recommendation after it has been uploaded to the LoR Portal?

Letters of Recommendation are the property of the individual who signed the letter (“the author”), not the applicant. The author has the right, at any time, to edit, revoke or rescind his or her letter of recommendation regardless of whether he or she personally uploaded the letter or selected a designee to upload the letter on his or her behalf. Applicants will not be able to replace a letter that has been edited, revoked or rescinded by the letter’s author if the applicant has already assigned a letter to a program to which the applicant has applied.

In cases where an applicant did not waive his or her right to view the letter and uploaded the letter on behalf of the author of the letter, the applicant must, if requested by the author, make requested edits, replace, or revoke the letter on behalf of the author. Failure to comply with the author’s request may result in ERAS staff contacting programs to withdraw the letter on behalf of the author.

Can I make edits during 'Early Opening' after I have certified and submitted my application?

No. If an applicant certifies and submits an application during the early opening, they will not be able to make any changes except to the Personal Information section of the MyERAS application.

Can I make edits during 'Early Opening' after I have certified and submitted my application?

No. If an applicant certifies and submits an application during the early opening, they will not be able to make any changes except to the Personal Information section of the MyERAS application.

What happens when I certify and submit my application?

Certifying and submitting an application signifies that the applicant has completed and is willing to release the application to selected programs. Applicants should ensure there are no omissions or inaccuracies before certifying and submitting their MyERAS applications.

What happens when I certify and submit my application?

Certifying and submitting an application signifies that the applicant has completed and is willing to release the application to selected programs. Applicants should ensure there are no omissions or inaccuracies before certifying and submitting their MyERAS applications.