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  • ERAS Insights

    Celebrating the Match; New ERAS Experience Update

    Updates from ERAS Leadership

    Dear Colleagues,

    Congratulations to everyone in the medical school and graduate medical education (GME) communities who helped ERAS® applicants find their residency match! I hope that you paused to watch at least one of the celebrations that took place on March 15, and that it reminded you of what we all strive for throughout the year: helping the next generation of physicians realize their goals of becoming doctors who provide exceptional patient care.

    We’re proud to work with the National Resident Matching Program® (NRMP®) and to support learners, medicals school advisors, and program teams in navigating the Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program® (SOAP®) process. The NRMP reported that The Match® included 44,853 applicants who certified a rank order list and 41,503 certified positions in 6,395 residency training programs. Learn more by viewing the the NRMP’s Key Match Data webpage.

    Our team is heading back out on the road to continue engaging with the GME community. We’ve attended more than a dozen events so far this year and have another 15 scheduled in April. By the end of June, we’ll have taken part in more than 30 specialty meetings.

    During those meetings, we shared updates from the 2024 ERAS season. Now, those data documents can be found on a new webpage: ERAS Resources for Specialty Societies. In addition to the specialty data snapshots, this page features AAMC and ERAS resources especially for specialty societies.

    Please don’t hesitate to connect with our team when you see us at your organization’s event. We encourage you to ask questions, offer suggestions, share your criticism, and help us improve the ERAS system and the transition to residency. We remain focused on the future and on easing the transition to residency.

    Sincerely,

    Patrick Fritz
    Senior Director
    AAMC Admissions and Selection Application Services

    The ERAS Statistics webpage has been updated with new data from the 2024 season, featuring a look at Experiences.

    Data from the Experience section of the 2024 MyERAS® application is available by specialty and includes total numbers of reported experiences, average and median number of experiences by applicant, and more.

    Data from the 2024 ERAS Program Director Survey will be added to the webpage in early April.

    Supporting Unmatched Applicants After SOAP®

    The AAMC Careers in Medicine® program provides information and guidance to support applicants who remain unmatched once the NRMP SOAP concludes. Applicant resources  (sign-in required) help individuals explore their options, including revisiting their residency and career goals and identifying next steps, as well as supporting their wellbeing and normalizing the unmatched experience. Advisor resources include a checklist for advising unmatched applicants and guidance for advising students in distress (advisor sign-in required).

    Find Support and Information from the Thalamus Team

    Our Thalamus colleagues are incredibly proud to have supported nearly all applicants and over 7,000 programs across more than 700 institutions this recruitment season.

    Post-Match information to help you prepare for the 2025 recruitment season:

    Program Signaling Opt-In Reminder for Specialty Societies and Programs

    There are several key dates to keep in mind if your specialty or program will be participating this season.

    Residency Application Season Timelines

    • March 29: Deadline for residency specialty societies to provide the number of program signals for their specialty. Please visit the 2025 ERAS Application Program Signaling Opt-In webpage for more information.
    • April 15: Start date for individual residency programs within those specialties to begin opting into program signaling in ERAS Program Management via the PDWS.
    • June 30: Deadline for individual programs to indicate participation.

    July and December fellowship specialty societies and programs do not need to take action now.

    New AAMC report shows continuing projected physician shortage

    According to a new report published by the AAMC, the United States will face a physician shortage of up to 86,000 physicians by 2036. “Given the new findings, it is clear that both sustained and increased investments in training new physicians are critical to mitigating projected shortfalls of doctors needed to meet the health care needs of our country,” said David J. Skorton, MD.

    ACGME Equity Matters® Holistic Review Resources

    Institutions, programs, and other members of the graduate medical education community can explore new perspectives as they seek to build a more diverse and inclusive workforce with free resources from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Visit the ACGME Equity Matters® webpage to explore educational content available. The modules were developed with members of the GME community and are accessible to anyone with an ACGME login.

    ERAS Program Resources