ERAS Support Services at ECFMGFor Applicants For International Medical Schools For Letter Writers
The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) developed the Electronic Residency Application Service® (ERAS®) to allow medical school students and graduates to apply electronically for residency positions in accredited U.S. programs of graduate medical education. Since ERAS was established in 1996, ECFMG has served as the designated Dean’s office for students and graduates of international medical schools, assisting these individuals with the MyERAS application process for first- and second-year (PGY-1 and PGY-2) residency positions.
International medical students/graduates who apply to programs that participate in ERAS begin the application process by requesting an ERAS Token, a unique identification number, from ECFMG. The Token allows applicants to access AAMC’s MyERAS website, where they can complete their residency applications, select the programs to which they will apply, and assign supporting documents to these programs.
As the designated Dean’s office, ECFMG:
- Receives supporting documents for the MyERAS application from applicants and their medical schools and letter writers.
- Transmits these documents to each applicant’s MyERAS application.
- Transmits the ECFMG Status Report.
- Transmits the USMLE transcript, if requested by the applicant.
ERAS Document Submission At-a-Glance
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The USMLE transcript contains your examination history on Step 1, Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK), Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS), and, if taken, Step 3. It includes all attempts: passed, failed, incomplete, etc. For complete information on what is included in the USMLE transcript, refer to Official USMLE Transcripts and Providing Scores to Third Parties in the USMLE Bulletin of Information.
The USMLE transcript is not transmitted automatically. You need to request its transmission, assign it to your programs, and pay the one-time $80 processing fee. You can request the release of your current USMLE transcript from the Documents tab of MyERAS. Please read the instructions carefully. Should new scores become available after you first release your USMLE transcript, you will need to retransmit it from the Documents tab of MyERAS after you have obtained your new scores. USMLE scores may only be reported in an official USMLE transcript.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Your USMLE transcript request will not be processed until you have applied to at least one program. Each time you apply to a program, it can take one to two business days for your USMLE transcript to be transmitted to the ERAS application, where it can be accessed by the program.
If you are applying to programs that do not participate in ERAS and require a USMLE transcript, request a paper transcript from ECFMG.
Last updated May 23, 2018.X
Once supporting documents have been transmitted to the MyERAS application, they can be viewed by the programs to which the applicant has applied.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Students and graduates of U.S. medical schools are assisted in the ERAS process by the Dean’s office at their medical schools. The Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS) serves as the designated Dean’s office for students and graduates of Canadian medical schools who participate in ERAS.