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While the Program Director's WorkStation (PDWS) is designed to be user-friendly, we have numerous resources to help your staff maximize the features in the PDWS to streamline your program’s application and interview process.

PDWS Getting Started Guide - now available!

The Program Director's WorkStation (PDWS) 2021 Getting Started Guide (updated July 1, 2020) is now available! This document explains all of the changes in the PDWS.

PDWS Training

Below you will find upcoming PDWS webinars and corresponding registration links. These instructional webinars, led by ERAS staff, will help you and your staff learn how to maximize PDWS features and streamline your program’s application and interview process. Including training on three new features to the PDWS Scheduler!

  • New!  PDWS Scheduler Enhancements to Support Virtual Interviews on July 8 at 3 p.m. ET: This season ERAS is introducing three new features to the PDWS Scheduler to streamline the interview process. Through step by step instruction participates will learn how the PDWS Scheduler is a centralized space for application review, scheduling, and other recruitment needs. Register now!
  • PDWS Overview Part I (Basic) on July 28 at 1 p.m. ET: This is the first of two webinars that go over reviewing and filtering applications. Learn to navigate the PDWS and receive expert consultation from the AAMC’s ERAS technical support specialists.   This is a great starting webinar for new users and those that would like a refresher getting back into the PDWS. Register now!
  • PDWS Overview Part II (Advanced) on July 30 at 1 p.m. ET: This is the second of two webinars that go over reviewing and filtering applications. Learn to navigate the PDWS and receive expert consultation from the AAMC’s ERAS technical support specialists. This webinar assumes that you have completed the PDWS Overview Part I webinar.  Register now!
  • PDWS Interview Scheduler Overview (Intermediate) on August 4 at 1 p.m. ET: This is the first of two webinars that goes over interview scheduling in the PDWS. Learn to navigate PDWS Interview Scheduler and receive expert consultation from the AAMC’s ERAS technical support specialists. This webinar builds on the PDWS Overview Part I Webinar. Register now!
  • Managing the PDWS Interview Scheduler (Advanced) on August 6 at 1 p.m. ET: This is the second of two webinars that goes over interview scheduling in the PDWS. Learn to navigate PDWS Interview Scheduler and receive expert consultation from the AAMC’s ERAS technical support specialists. This webinar builds on the PDWS Overview Part I Webinar and PDWS Interview Scheduler Overview Webinar. Register now!

ERAS Community Site

The ERAS Community site provides PDWS users with an easy-to-use discussion forum where users can connect, engage and share their residency and fellowship recruitment process and best practices with other program members. The Community site is your go-to-place to connect with other members, ask for advice and share your expertise about the PDWS.

(Please note: Only users with active PDWS accounts will have access to the Community site.)

Webinar recordings, tutorials, job aids, and user guide are available through the ERAS Community site. They cover everything from a basic overview of the PDWS to pre-season prep, filters, and more. New resources will be released throughout the season as new functionality becomes available in the PDWS.

Log in to the ERAS Community site. Your username and password are the same as what you use for the PDWS application.

Understanding Unconscious Bias in Residency Recruitment

Unconscious bias may have a significant impact on the medical residency application process. In support of the ERAS team’s commitment to Training and Learning, the AAMC’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion has developed and shared an informative video available for your understanding of unconscious bias in academic medicine.

Overall, the AAMC strives to cultivate human capital by enhancing the skills of individuals; build organizational capacity by improving institutions’ ability to use diversity as a driver of excellence; and grow a diverse and culturally-prepared health workforce by improving the integration of public health concepts into medical education.