FindAResident™ FAQ

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Learn more about FindAResident™ (FAR) through answers to some frequently asked questions.

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What types of positions are currently available in the FindAResident program?

Check our open positions report prior to registration to see a dynamic listing of all the positions currently available by specialty, PGY level, and geographic region. If you do not see a position that interests you, check back frequently, as programs post vacancies as they become available.

Is there a registration fee?

Yes, there is a $75 subscription fee for applicants; active ERAS® users pay a discounted $30 fee. You are not considered an active ERAS user until you have completed and transmitted your ERAS Application to at least one program during the regular ERAS season that corresponds with the start of the FAR season.

How long will my FAR subscription be good?

The FAR season runs from September 1 to August 30 each year. Subscriptions are valid only from date of purchase until August 30, regardless of purchase date.

I am a previous FAR user. Do I need to register again?

If you have previously registered with us, you do not need to re-register, as you are already in our system. Simply go to our login page and enter your username and password.

What do I do if I don't remember my user name and password?

Contact FAR at with your security answer. If you don't remember the answer to your security question, please send us the answer you think you entered. We can compare it against what we have in our records. Also, please send us your AAMC ID, username, birth date, home address, and phone number. We will use this information to match it against your account information for security purposes. Once we verify your identification, we can reset your password.

How do I upload my documents such as LORs and transcripts into the FAR database?

FAR users who are active ERAS users (transmitted their MyERAS® Application to at least one program) have the option of importing data from their ERAS profile into their FAR account. However, the ERAS import does not apply to documents such as photos, curriculum vitae, transcripts or letters of recommendation. You may upload your curriculum vitae and photo separately into your FAR account, but our service does not maintain any other types of documentation found in the ERAS system. If programs ask you to forward any additional documentation that is not currently supported by the FAR system, you will need to send them outside the FAR system through an alternate channel.

Differences Between the FAR Search Tool and the ERAS® System

Although the FAR search tool works with the ERAS system and NRMP®, there are some important differences:

The ERAS Program and NRMP® The FAR Program
  • Provide services for applicants to apply and match to residency and fellowship positions during the Main Match® and SOAP®.
  • Offers year-round access to unfilled positions that fall outside the scope of the ERAS system and NRMP.
  • Offer PGY1 and PGY2 residency positions, as well as some fellowship positions that commence in the upcoming July (or the following July for PGY2 and fellowship positions).
  • Offers PGY1 through PGY6 residency and fellowship positions in all subspecialties, as well as off-cycle positions.

What is the difference between the FAR search tool and FREIDA Online, The AMA Residency & Fellowship Database ?

FREIDA Online, The AMA Residency & Fellowship Database provides information on graduate medical education programs accredited by the ACGME and some combined specialty programs. The (AMA) also has a site where residency and fellowship program directors may post open positions.

The FAR database offers a frequently updated list of unfilled positions, as well as a resume tool and notification system. The FAR resume and private mailbox allow you to send your resume to programs seeking to fill vacant residency and fellowship positions directly from information found in our search engine.

Can I use the FAR program and participate in the NRMP Main Residency Match® or Specialties Matching Service®?

Residency and fellowship programs are encouraged to use NRMP matching services to support their application process. If you are unsuccessful with the NRMP Match, the FAR search tool can be a good resource to identify potential candidates.

The FAR program works closely with the NRMP to ensure the integrity of the Match (SMS) and to encourage ethical behavior among all users. Applicants who are matched to positions through the NRMP may not use the FAR program to break their match agreements; the same holds true for NRMP participating programs.

Programs may not advertise positions in the FAR search tool during the ERAS season that should first be posted in the ERAS system and the NRMP until after the release of Match results.

Therefore, during SOAP and Post-Match period between mid-March and July 1, applicants who have matched successfully with the NRMP may not use the FAR tool to contact programs with open positions in the year that the applicant is matched.

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“Thank you so much, I finally found a residency and I deeply appreciate your service for everything you’ve done.”

A.G. Gazarov, MD, FindAResident residency applicant