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AAMC Statement Regarding 2021 Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program (SOAP) Delay

March 16, 2021

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Stuart Heiser, Sr. Media Relations Specialist

AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) President and CEO David J. Skorton, MD, and AAMC Chief Services Officer Gabrielle V. Campbell, MBA, issued the following statement:

“The 2021 Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program (SOAP) began on Monday, March 15 at 11 a.m. ET. Shortly after the AAMC ERAS MyERAS system opened at 12 p.m. ET, applicants experienced a degradation in system performance and the system was taken offline for maintenance for one hour from 1-2 p.m. ET. Once it came back online, the system has continued to be available for students.

The AAMC has been monitoring its systems to ensure a smooth opening for programs. Out of an abundance of caution, the program opening was delayed until Tuesday, March 16 at 8 a.m. ET. At this time, all systems are running normally.

The AAMC understands that our entire community needs a fair, secure, and reliable process, and we apologize for the inconvenience this delay has caused during an already challenging time.”

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The AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) is a not-for-profit association dedicated to transforming health through medical education, health care, medical research, and community collaborations. Its members are all 155 accredited U.S. and 17 accredited Canadian medical schools; more than 400 teaching hospitals and health systems, including Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers; and more than 70 academic societies. Through these institutions and organizations, the AAMC leads and serves America’s medical schools and teaching hospitals and their more than 179,000 full-time faculty members, 92,000 medical students, 140,000 resident physicians, and 60,000 graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in the biomedical sciences.