Applying for residency through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) involves a series of steps, and different organizations assist you along the way. Here’s a simplified guide to help you understand and navigate the ERAS residency application process.
Understanding the Key Organizations
There are three key organizations that you’ll interact with during your ERAS application process:
ERAS Support Services at ECFMG: Serves as the designated Dean’s office for International Medical Graduates (IMGs). They issue ERAS Tokens, track supporting documents, and transmit vital documents, including the ECFMG Status Report and the USMLE transcript, to your MyERAS application.
AAMC’s ERAS: Maintains the MyERAS website where you can register with ERAS and complete residency applications. It also publishes the list of ERAS participating specialties and programs.
National Resident Matching Program (NRMP): Collects the preferences of applicants and program directors for available residency positions and matches applicants with available positions.
How to Apply
Step 1: Obtain a Residency Token
The ERAS application process begins with obtaining a residency token from ECFMG’s OASIS. Tokens for ERAS 2024 will be available in late June 2023. There is a $165 non-refundable fee for this service, payable by online credit card or electronic check from a U.S. bank. After your payment is approved, you can get immediate access to your token. The token is valid for the entire ERAS season. Please note that you can use your token to apply for as many specialties and programs as you want during the ERAS season.
Step 2: Register and Apply on MyERAS Website
Once you have your token, go to the MyERAS website to register and complete your residency applications. Make sure to check the list of ERAS participating specialties and programs on the AAMC ERAS website.
Step 3: Participate in the NRMP Match
You need to register directly with the NRMP to participate in the Match. To participate in the Match, you need to have met the examination requirements for ECFMG Certification. If you do not get matched to a position, you may be eligible to participate in the NRMP’s Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program (SOAP).
IMPORTANT On June 28, the ERAS 2024 residency Tokens are released and made accessible via ECFMG’s OASIS. From this date, applicants can start registering their Tokens on the MyERAS website
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