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  • Press Release

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

    Stuart Heiser, Senior 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.”

    The AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) is a nonprofit association dedicated to improving the health of people everywhere through medical education, health care, medical research, and community collaborations. Its members are all 157 U.S. medical schools accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education; 13 accredited Canadian medical schools; approximately 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 the millions of individuals across academic medicine, including more than 193,000 full-time faculty members, 96,000 medical students, 153,000 resident physicians, and 60,000 graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in the biomedical sciences. Following a 2022 merger, the Alliance of Academic Health Centers and the Alliance of Academic Health Centers International broadened the AAMC’s U.S. membership and expanded its reach to international academic health centers.