The Association of American Medical Colleges has closed its ERAS application cycle for 2017 as of May 31st. In the interim, the residency match program has announced a few changes for next year’s application season.
A Streamlined Process for Repeat Applicants
ERAS has made it easier for applicants who didn’t receive a match last year to reapply. Repeat applicants will be able to upload the answers from their previous year’s MyERAS application. If you are planning on submitting last year’s documents, be sure to read through and update your information. Also, correct any mistakes you might have missed the last time.
If you are an International Medical Graduate, you may obtain an ERAS registration token from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). Once you register, you must read through and accept the platform’s terms and conditions in order to access your MyERAS account.
Select “Import” to upload your previous application documents. If you don’t import immediately, you can always go back and do it later. Simply click the “Import” button on the “History” tab. Do not certify your application until it is 100 percent complete.
IMGs can have a difficult time matching with a residency program for a variety of reasons, though they are just as qualified. IMGs should consider creating a supplemental profile with MedMatchPlus+ to make their profile stand out from the crowd.
Emergency Medicine Candidates Must Submit an SVI
The AAMC also announced that emergency medicine candidates will now be required to submit a Standardized Video Interview, or SVI, as part of their residency match application. The purpose of the video is to offer more information about the candidate than what is revealed through USMLE exam scores and other application information.
Applicants will answer six questions, with a three-minute time limit for each question. Each answer will be rated for proficiency in interpersonal and communication skills and professionalism by ACGME-trained scorers.
It is a good idea to keep an eye on the ERAS residency match website to make sure you are aware of upcoming deadlines. Be sure to stay organized so you can submit your application in a timely fashion—this 2018 ERAS timeline can help. Preparation is key!