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Joining ERAS®

ERAS streamlines the residency application process for applicants, their Designated Dean's Offices, Letter of Recommendation (LoR) authors and program directors. By providing applicants the ability to build and deliver their application and supporting materials individually or as a package to programs, ERAS provides a centralized, but flexible solution to the residency application and documents distribution process.

ERAS is your partner during the recruitment process. We look forward to having you join us.

Preparing Your Specialty

Programs cannot join ERAS on an individual basis; a commitment from the entire specialty is required. To join, specialties must meet these requirements:

  • Specialty leadership must contact ERAS at
  • 80 percent of programs must agree to use ERAS
  • Specialties must come to a decision to join ERAS before November 1 each year

For more information, try contacting other ERAS users at your institution and learn about their experience.

New Programs

Newly accredited programs interested in participating with ERAS are required to submit a formal request by submitting the New Program Submission Form.

Osteopathic Programs transitioning to ACGME Accreditation
Osteopathic programs that received their ACGME accreditation must also use the New Program Submission Form to add their programs to ERAS under the new accreditation.

Please note that a new program submission may take 5-10 business day to process. Please email or contact the ERAS Help Desk if you have any questions.

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Upcoming Dates

Early November
December cycle programs gain access to the PDWS for ERAS 2019.

November 21
Applicants begin applying to December cycle ACGME fellowship programs.

December 1

December cycle fellowship programs start receiving applications.

Note: All December cycle fellowship applicants who apply between November 21 and November 30 will display with a December 1 applied date in the PDWS.

Quick Resources

Looking for ERAS data?
Check the ERAS Statistics page for current and historical data about applicants and applications.

Looking for training resources?
Webinar recordings, tutorials, job aids, and the user guide are available through the ERAS Community site.

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