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While the Program Directors’ 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 process.

PDWS Webinar Training

The ERAS staff will facilitate a series of webinars for PDWS users to help orient new September cycle program users and provide information and updates to those familiar with the system. Below is a brief summary of the topics that will be covered and dates linked to the registration page for each session. Please complete webinar registration, using your AAMC account by selecting the given webinar date(s) below.

Welcome Webinar (Basic)

Tuesday August 20, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. ET

Description: Welcome to the PDWS for the ERAS 2020 Application Season! Learn about the steps to getting into the PDWS and different resources available to you to prepare for the season.

This a great webinar for new users, and those that would like to be refreshed on getting back into the PDWS.

Topics covered:

  • ERAS background and important updates
  • ERAS timeline and important reminders
  • Initial registration on ERAS Account Maintenance (EAM)
  • Navigating the ERAS website and invitation to PDWS
  • Community Site access and learning resources
  • PDWS roles 101
  • Q & A
     

PDWS Overview Part I (Basic)

Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. ET

Description: 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.

Topics covered:

  • Navigating the PDWS dashboard
  • Reviewing applications and documents
  • Exporting applications and reports
  • Basic filter functions
  • Communicating with applicants
  • Interview statuses
  • Ranking statuses
  • Q & A
     

PDWS Overview Part II (Advanced)

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. ET

Description: 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.

Topics covered:

  • Creating and using custom scores, statuses, and attributes
  • Assigning reviewers and entering reviewer notes/scores
  • Bulk actions to multiple applicants
  • Customizing export templates
  • Advanced filter functions
  • Extra tools to help manage applications
  • Q & A
     

PDWS Interview Scheduler Overview (Intermediate)

Tuesday, September 12, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. ET

Description: 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.

Topics covered:

  • Setting up the Interview Scheduler
  • Private events vs RSVP events
  • Creating RSVP events
  • Sending invitations
  • Managing interview statuses and responses
  • Using waitlist automation
  • Q & A
     

Managing the PDWS Interview Scheduler Overview (Advanced)

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. ET

Description: 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.

Topics covered:

  • Managing interviewers with the Interview Scheduler
  • Filtering for applicant scheduled dates
  • Creating templates for messages
  • Pairing interviewers with applicants
  • Entering interviewer notes and scores
  • Using private events to your advantage
  • Q & A
     

Basic - You have just started using the PDWS and you would like to have the basic essential skills a user needs to navigate the PDWS.

Intermediate - You have access to the PDWS, basic understanding of the PDWS, and would like to use a specific tool in the PDWS (e.g. Interview Scheduler) outside of reviewing applications.

Advanced - You have a good grasp of the basic and intermediate level webinars content and you're ready to learn about more in-depth tips and tricks to using the PDWS.

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

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.

ERAS Getting Started Guide

Download the ERAS 2020 PDWS Getting Started Guide (PDF)

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