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DWS 2021 User Guide (PDF): User guide that provides instructions for using the DWS software.

DWS Overview  - 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  - ERAS is offering a 45-minute Q&A session for DWS users on Thursday, June 11 at 11 a.m. ET. This is an opportunity to ask questions about using the DWS and how best to support your students as they navigate the MyERAS application. We hope you can join us! Registration is now available.

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


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

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