Beginning in early June, the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) season begins. ERAS is the central online application service you can use to send your application to residency programs, in addition to any necessary supporting documents.
It streamlines the entire application process for all parties involved, including applicants, Letter of Recommendation authors, program directors, and applicants’ designated Dean’s Offices. Ultimately, ERAS makes it significantly easier to apply to the residency programs of your choosing.
It has four parts:
- The Dean’s Office Workstation.
- The Program Director’s Workstation.
- The Letter of Recommendation Portal.
Even if you’re waiting for application season to open, there are steps you can take to get a headstart. To better prepare yourself for ERAS application season, here are some things you can start doing in advance.
Get the Proper ERAS Token
First, be sure you’ve created an AAMC account. You need this in order to register your ERAS token.
The ERAS token must come from your Designated Dean’s Office. If it comes from another organization or school, you won’t be able to upload your documents.
Finally, be sure the token is for the current season. You’ll be unable to use ERAS tokens from previous seasons to move forward with the process.
Prepare Your Application Fees
MyERAS will automatically calculate your application fees for you, based on the number of programs applied to per specialty. (On that note, do your research ahead of time regarding the residency programs you might be interested in.)
However, it’s helpful to understand what you’ll be expected to pay ahead of time. Review the fees on AAMC’s website and make sure you have the necessary funds.
You can pay online with Visa or MasterCard.
Prepare the Necessary Documents and Paperwork
You will be required to upload and assign a number of documents. These include:
- Your personal statement.
- Letters of recommendation, to be uploaded by the authors.
- Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE, also known as the “Dean’s Letter”).
- Medical school transcript.
- ECFMG Status Report.
- Postgraduate Training Authorization Letter (PTAL).
- A photo.
- Your USMLE and/or COMLEX-USA transcripts. (Be sure to complete any missing exams!)
You can view this full checklist at AAMC.
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