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The Cost of Applying for a Medical Residency

While the costs associated with securing a residency may be a relatively minor part of your medical education expenses, they can add up quickly. Since these fees may not be covered by student loans, it is important to try and keep these costs under control. Typical costs are summarized below.

ERAS 2016 Application Fees

ERAS application fees are based on the number of programs applied to per specialty. MyERAS automatically calculates your fees and you can pay online using Visa or MasterCard.

Note: AOA-accredited program application fees are assessed separately; see example 5.

Programs Per SpecialtyApplication Fees
Up to 10$97
11-20$11 each
21-30$16 each
31 or more$26 each

Example 1
30 Emergency Medicine programs [$97 + (10 x $11) + (10 x $16)] = $367

Example 2
20 OB/GYN programs [$97 + (10 x $11)] + 10 Family Practice programs [$97] = $304

Example 3
23 Internal Medicine programs [$97 + (10 x $11) + (3 x $16)] + 7 Radiology programs [$97] = $352

Example 4
12 Internal Medicine programs [$97 + (2 x $11)] + 10 Emergency Medicine [$97] + 8 Family Practice programs [$97] = $313

Example 5
3 ACGME-accredited Family Medicine programs [$97] + 3 AOA-accredited Family Medicine programs [$97] = $194

Additional Fees

USMLE Transcript - $80 (assessed once per ERAS season)

COMLEX-USA Transcript - $80 (assessed once per ERAS season)

Interview-Related Costs

Most of the costs related to securing a residency will no doubt be associated with interviewing. In addition to travel and accommodations, there are incidental expenses for which you must budget—everything from the cost of cabs, to your attire and meals. If you need a loan to assist with these expenses, check with your Financial Aid Office to see what options may be available to you. 

There are ways to save money with some of these expenses. For example:

  • While traveling, keep your meal selections frugal.
  • If you need to purchase new interview attire, try to keep expenditures modest.
  • Research the city/location you'll be visiting to help budget transportation costs from the airport or hotel to the hospital site.
  • Check to see if shuttle services are available that can help mitigate the cost of an expensive cab ride.
  • If possible, try to coordinate accommodations with other medical students, sleep in residents' quarters, or stay in the homes of those who graduated from your medical school and now live in the area. Check with the AMA Alliance External Link for assistance. They can help students cut down on interviewing costs, provides an opportunity to get to know the community surrounding a potential residency program, and introduce students to the local medical society and alliance. As you plan your budget for this stage of your medical education, keep in mind travel and lodging costs to sit for the USMLE External Link Step II Clinical Skills Exam.

National Resident Matching Program (NRMP)

The NRMP External Link, is a private, not-for-profit corporation that provides a uniform date of appointment to positions in graduate medical education (GME) in the United States. The fee is $65 for the first 20 programs. You can review the current schedule of dates for NRMP matches, learn how the matching algorithm works, and more by visiting the NRMP website.

Travel Tips: Visit External Link. This is a site developed by two recent medical school graduates in response to travel costs related to the interview process. While the AAMC does not endorse this site, you may find the information helpful.

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