following is from:
2008 Applicant Information Sheet
ERAS®-the Electronic Residency Application Service from
the Association of American Medical Colleges
The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) developed
ERAS®-the Electronic Residency Application Service,
to transmit residency applications, letters of recommendation,
Dean's Letters, transcripts, and other supporting credentials
from applicants and medical schools to residency program
directors using the Internet.
does ERAS work?
The ERAS service is made up of four components: MyERASóthe applicant
Web site, the Deanís Office Workstation (DWS), the Program Directorís
Workstation (PDWS), and the ERAS PostOffice (ERASPO). Using a secure
Web browser, applicants complete an application form, select programs,
and create and assign supporting documents. They then submit these
files to the ERASPO for delivery to programs. School staff use the DWS
to scan and store the applicantís transcripts, MSPEs and letters of
recommendation and transmit them to the ERASPO. Residency programs use
the PDWS to connect to the ERASPO to download applications, and to
review them using criteria they establish.
programs will use ERAS this year?
Most PGY1 specialties, including the Army and Navy, will
use ERAS to receive their applications. A list of participating
programs will be available on MyERAS and on the ERAS Web
site in late-June at www.aamc.org/eras in the Participating
Specialties area of the Residency Applicants section. Applicants
should contact programs directly to confirm their participation.
much does ERAS cost?
ERAS processing fees are based on the number of programs to which you
apply. ERAS fees are: $60 initial application fee (includes up to 10
programs); $8 each for 11-20 programs; $15 each for 21-30 programs;
and $25 each for program(s) over 30.
Applicants who request USMLE and/or COMLEX transcripts via ERAS pay a
$50 fee each to the NBME and/or NBOME for an unlimited number of
do I gain access to the ERAS system?
Contact your designated dean's office. They will provide
you with instructions for processing applications via ERAS.
US Prior Yr Grad
+ Click on www.ecfmg.org/eras
# Military applicants should also consult with their military
counselor for special instructions.
can I get started?
ERAS instructions and your electronic token to access MyERAS
will be distributed from your designated deanís office in
late June. MyERAS will be available for you to begin working
on your application on July 1, 2011. You may begin applying
to residency programs September 1, 2011. Give yourself enough
time to complete your application to ensure program deadlines
are met. Contact programs to ensure you meet all program
will my school do?
Your school (or designated deanís office) will establish
processing procedures for ERAS and the schedule for distributing
MyERAS information. They will also process supporting application
documents which include scanning transcripts, attaching documents,
processing letters of recommendation, and sending files to selected
programs via the ERASPO. Student affairs staff can also help you with
career planning and targeting appropriate programs to apply to via
is the deadline?
Individual programs set deadlines. Contact the programs
directly for more information about their requirements,
facilities, and deadlines.
don't have a computer at home. How can I apply?
You can use ANY computer with an Internet connection. The computer
must have Internet Explorer Version 6.0 or higher. A valid e-mail
address is also required so programs can contact you.
do I apply to programs not participating in ERAS?
Contact the program directly for application requirements.
You cannot use ERAS to apply to a program that is not available
on the MyERAS web site.