June 2019 (date TBD)
|Application opens! You can register on myERAS and begin filling out the application online.|
September 5, 2019
|Early bird submission! You can submit to programs early to avoid technical glitches or for peace of mind. ERAS created this window period to avoid website crashes. Do NOT feel pressured to submit early because you will NOT BE ABLE TO CHANGE OR EDIT your application after submission.|
September 15, 2019
|Programs begin ACCEPTING applications. There is no deadline but applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.
Everything submitted ON OR BEFORE MIDNIGHT (12AM EST) on SEPTEMBER 15 will be timestamped SEPTEMBER 15. (Starting 12:01AM EST on September 16, applications will be timestamped as they are submitted.)
Pro tip: The highest website traffic is likely September 15, 11pm-12am EST. Try to submit before that window to avoid technical glitches.
October 1, 2019
|MSPEs (Dean’s letter) released to programs. Some programs (i.e., dermatology) won’t look at applications until the MSPEs are released, so don’t worry if you submit your application after September 15.|
ERAS Tips & Tricks
1. Register for the NRMP Match.
The ERAS application is separate from the NRMP (National Resident Match Program). In order for ACGME-accredited (MD) programs to rank you (and for you to rank them), you need to register for an NRMP ID. Registration opens September 15 here. The deadline for normal registration is November 30, after which you need to pay a late fee.
2. Upload a *good* photo.
Photos are not mandatory but HIGHLY recommended. Check out ERAS Photo Requirements for details on why the photo matters and how you can take a good one.
3. Update your CV throughout the year.
4. Keep descriptions short and concise.
5. Get CREATIVE with formatting.
ERAS has limited formatting options. Everything is written in a preset font, font size, and style (it’s all in italics). That means no colorful words, no large titles, and no bolding or underlining.
The one thing you CAN do is CAPITALIZE and use PARAGRAPH BREAKS to your advantage.
6. Choose your experiences carefully.
Some people think they have to include everything they’ve ever done. This is false!! Imagine you have only 5 minutes to discuss the experiences you’re most proud of. Are you going to mention that you were a perfunctory member of the Global Health Interest Group, Bioethics, AMA, AMWA, and AMSA? Or would you rather focus on the fact that you spearheaded and were President of the Community Outreach for the Homeless?
If you include too many experiences (i.e., listing every extracurricular you signed up for) in your application, it’ll dilute the overall quality of your application and readers might miss what you’re truly proud of (i.e., creating a club).
7. Take advantage of the ERAS layout.
ERAS lists your activities in a predetermined fashion. There are THREE categories and they are listed in the following order:
- Work experiences
- Research experiences
- Volunteer experiences
All of the experiences in each category are listed in chronological order from when you first STARTED, from most recent to least recent. Then we move onto the next category of experiences. Therefore, you want your MOST IMPRESSIVE experiences to have the MOST RECENT start date (end date doesn’t affect list order). This ensures that they are listed at the top of each category.