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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

New Program Submission Form 

Newly accredited programs interested in participating with ERAS are required to submit a formal request. Please complete the New Program Submission Form  and select Submit by E-mail. If needed, you may also print and fax (202-828-1129) the form to the attention of Hasan Mahmood.

Osteopathic Programs with ACGME Accreditation
Osteopathic programs that received their ACGME accreditation ID can use the New Program Submission form to request that their program be added to ERAS. ERAS treats all dually accredited programs as separate programs, so users will need to register them separately in ERAS Account Maintenance. Additionally, each program will have a separate applicant set in the PDWS. Users seeking access to their programs should discuss with their DIO (ACGME program) or DME (osteopathic program).

ERAS Staff will contact you to confirm your request within 5-10 business days. If you have additional questions, contact our HelpDesk.


ERAS is currently a benefit of your membership in the AAMC.

Osteopathic Programs
ERAS fees are $250.00 per institution and must be paid annually during registration.

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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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