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How to Apply for a Medical Residency


Medical Residency Applications
The Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) makes it pretty easy for medical students to apply for residencies, but it's still a grueling process.
The Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) makes it pretty easy for medical students to apply for residencies, but it's still a grueling process.
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Applications for medical residency in the U.S. are all handled through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS), a program run by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). The AAMC is a non-profit organization that represents most of the medical schools and teaching hospitals in the U.S. Canada [source: AAMC].

The ERAS system makes things quite a bit easier for medical residency applicants. You only have to submit required documents and scores once (to ERAS), then ERAS sends the relevant info to the hospitals you apply to. All of this is handled through the MyERAS application page.

Through ERAS, you'll submit your medical school transcript, your USMLE or COMLEX score, a personal statement, curriculum vitae, letters of recommendation, performance evaluations and other materials, as requested by the hospitals you apply to.

Once you've submitted all of your documents and selected the hospitals you wish to apply to, ERAS handles the rest. It sends copies of documents to the residency programs you've applied to. Residency staffs even use it to look at applicants and evaluate their applications [source: ERAS].

Once you've submitted your application, you'll move on to the interviews. Find out what to expect in the next section.


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