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FindAResident FAQ

What are the differences between FAR and ERAS?

Although FAR works with ERAS and NRMP, there are some important differences:

ERAS and NRMPFAR
  • Provide services for applicants to apply and match to residency and fellowship positions during the Main Match and SOAP
  • Offers year-round access to unfilled positions that fall outside the scope of ERAS and NRMP
  • Offer PGY1 and PGY2 residency positions, as well as some fellowship positions that commence in the upcoming July (or the following July for PGY2 and fellowship positions)
  • Offers PGY1 through PGY6 residency and fellowship positions in all subspecialties, as well as off-cycle positions

Can I use FAR and participate in the NRMP Main Residency Match® or Specialty Matching Service®?

Residency and fellowship programs are encouraged to use NRMP matching services to support their application process. If you are unsuccessful with the NRMP Match, FAR can be a good resource to identify potential candidates.

FAR works closely with the NRMP to ensure the integrity of the Match(SM) and to encourage ethical behavior among all users. Applicants who are matched to positions through the NRMP may not use FAR to break their match agreements; the same holds true for NRMP participating programs.

Programs may not advertise positions in FAR during the ERAS season that should first be posted in ERAS and the NRMP until after the release of Match results.

Therefore, during SOAP and Post-Match period between mid-March and July 1, applicants who have matched successfully with the NRMP may not use FAR to contact programs with open positions in the year that the applicant is matched.