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  • ERAS Insights

    New Resources and Opportunities to Share Your Thoughts

    We’re pleased to see the ERAS updates that we have been working on for months being put into use starting with the July fellowship cycle. Following nearly three years of research and feedback from our specialty partners, program leaders, medical school advisors, learners, and others, fellowship applicants have begun using new features in the MyERAS® system for designating preferred geographic regions, settings, and focused experiences.  

    In just a few days, we’ll see the addition of program signals as the September residency cycle begins with the applicant opening on Sept. 6.  

    Our goal is to improve the entire ERAS system with features that support the transition to residency for learners, programs, and institutions with streamlined selection tools, powerful data, and expert resources – all in one platform.

    The AAMC welcomes your feedback on these improvement. Send your thoughts to the ERAS team

    Thalamus Resources  

    Our AAMC-Thalamus collaboration is off to a great start. 

    This is the first ERAS season since we began our exciting new collaboration with Thalamus! This collaboration will allow us to reduce fragmentation and improve the transition to residency for everyone. Since Thalamus was created from graduate medical education (GME), it is uniquely designed to meet the needs of ERAS users. We’ve been pleased to see that a large number of programs have chosen to use Thalamus Core for the 2024 ERAS season. For the 2025 ERAS season, Thalamus Core will replace the PDWS Scheduler, and alongside the powerful Thalamus Cerebellum analytics dashboard, will put a robust set of tools and data into the hands of ERAS programs.  

     If your program is using Thalamus products for this ERAS season, you can review the full suite of live training resources, visit the user guide collection, or reach out to Thalamus support.

    ERAS Strategic Priorities

    The AAMC is working to improve the residency selection process and explore future enhancements to the ERAS program. We are forming new focus groups to talk about enhancements and modifications to the ERAS system and invite you to join the conversation.  

    If you are interested in participating in a focus group, please fill out this quick survey to help us understand your background and interests so we can match you with the right opportunities.  

    The ERAS team suggests taking these Program Director’s WorkStation (PDWS) actions to prepare for the coming residency review season: 

    • Check your PDWS access. Make sure you have your password and familiarize (or refamiliarize) yourself with the dashboard and the tools that are available there. 

    • Plan your bulk printing for up to 50 applications at once to reduce load time.  

    • Configure your screen data to determine which fields you want to include to reduce bias (Link to Job Aid) 

    • Draft the message templates that you plan to use this season for interview invitations requests for applicant documents, and notifying candidates who your program did not select for interviews. 

    Want to know more? Check out the PDWS User Guide.

    New Video Resources 

    Learn more about new content for the 2024 ERAS residency season in these three informational videos. 

    Upcoming Events  

    Tips and Tricks for Integrating Holistic Review into Your Selection Process 
    AAMC-OPDA Co-Sponsored Webinar 
    Tuesday, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. ET 

    Navigating the PDWS to Drive Holistic Review 
    ERAS Webinar 
    Thursday, Sept. 14 at 1 p.m. ET

    ERAS PDWS Q&A Session 
    ERAS Webinar 
    Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 1 p.m. ET 

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