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2021 Match Week and SOAP® in ERAS® 

Download the SOAP 2021 Medical School Checklist which includes pre-SOAP tasks and the SOAP 2021 schedule.

As you work with students to build their SOAP strategy, we recommend reviewing information on the ERAS website.

Upcoming Webinar Training 

The 2021 Match Week and Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program (SOAP®) will begin on Monday, March 15 at 11 a.m. ET. 

To introduce students to the SOAP schedule and process, the Association of American Medical College’s (AAMC®) Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS®) and the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP®) will host a joint webinar on Monday, March 8 at 1 p.m. ET

ERAS and the NRMP will provide an overview to the SOAP process and information on the following:

  • NRMP SOAP Eligibility Requirements
  • Communication Rules During SOAP
  • ERAS Preparation for SOAP
  • ERAS SOAP Requirements
  • ERAS SOAP Application Process
  • Match Week Timeline and SOAP Offer Rounds
  • NRMP SOAP Data

Registration has reach capacity. This webinar will be recorded, emailed, and posted on the AAMC Webinars and Online Courses page.

Medical Schools

DWS 2021 User Guide  - User guide that provides instructions for using the DWS software.

DWS Applicant Interview Data Job Aid - To support you and your students during this important time, ERAS is introducing a new, optional feature that enables students to share all their interview information with you, their Designated Dean’s Office (DDO). A job aid demonstrating how to access interview data in the Dean's Office WorkStation (DWS) is now available.

ERAS 2021 Season DWS and MyERAS Training - A recording of the "ERAS 2021 Season DSW and MyERAS training” webinar held on May 27, 2020 is now available.  This videos provides an overview of the DWS and MyERAS functionality and address questions commonly asked by DWS users and applicants.

ERAS 2021 Season DWS Q&A Session - A recording of the "ERAS 2021 Season DWS Q&A Session” held on June 11 is now available. This video features ERAS staff answering questions about using the DWS and how best to support your students as they navigate the MyERAS application.

ERAS 2021 Interview Practices letterIn support of all parties during the application and interview process, current and immediate past chairs of the ERAS Advisory Committee have issued suggested practices to improve the virtual interview experience for everyone in the ERAS 2021 Interview Practices Letter.

DWS 2021 Terms and Conditions - Please note that the DWS Terms and Conditions have been updated to streamline the sign-in process. They are now available to view.

New AAMC data helps medical students develop a smart residency application strategy

The AAMC has released new data that will assist U.S. medical school students and their advisors in working together to develop a smart residency application strategy. 

The transition from medical school to a residency training program is a stressful time for students. While balancing the demands of clerkships and coursework, students also need to begin developing an approach to their residency application process. Read, "The 6 Components of a Smart Application Strategy."

To ease this transition to residency, the AAMC is providing new data to help applicants anchor their initial thinking about one aspect of their overall application strategy: the number of residency programs they should apply to. AAMC researchers have determined that there is a point of “diminishing returns”—that varies by specialty, USMLE Step 1 score, and applicant type—a point at which submitting one additional application results in a lower rate of return on the applicant’s likelihood of entering a residency program.

Using U.S. MD applicant data from the AAMC Electronic Residency Application Service® (ERAS®), including the number of programs an applicant applied to and the applicant’s most recent USMLE Step 1 score, AAMC researchers investigated the relationship between the number of programs to which an applicant applied and subsequent entry into a residency program.

The AAMC urges applicants to consider these findings as only one of many factors that should influence a 
smart residency application strategy. Applicants should evaluate a wide variety of information, in collaboration with their advisors, when ultimately determining how many programs and which ones to apply to.

Medical Institution Document Upload Service (MIDUS)

The EFDO Medical Institution Document Upload Service  (MIDUS) provides medical schools with the ability to upload the Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE) and medical school transcript directly to the ERAS Fellowship Document Office on behalf of an applicant. In order for a medical institution to upload a document using MIDUS, applicants must send an electronic request to their medical institution using EFDO On-line Services.

If you have any questions, please contact the EFDO (215-966-3940) or support@erasfellowshipdocuments.org.


Please see the USMG residency applicant website for applicant-specific information, including FAQ, support documentation, and tutorials.

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