The ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic has caused disruption in the residency match process and the ERAS applications (Electronic Residency Application Service). AAMC just announced changes in regards to ERAS and the residency match process and published a new timeline, including a new date for transmission of the ERAS application to residency programs.
There is new timeline for ERAS which has several implications for medical students:
June 8, 2020
– ERAS 2021 Season Begins
– Applicants can register in MyERAS and begin working on their application.
September 1, 2020
– Applicants may begin submitting applications to residency programs.
October 21, 2020
– Residency programs may begin reviewing applications.
– MSPEs released to residency programs.
– Military match results are available.
– Urology Residency Match results are available.
– National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) main residency match results are available.
– Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program (SOAP) starts.
May 31, 2021
– ERAS 2021 Season Ends: MyERAS closes at 5PM EST.
The following has been submitted by The Coalition for Physician Accountability’s Work Group on Medical Students in the Class of 2021 Moving Across Institutions for Post Graduate Training, and states the following:
“The COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on the medical education curriculum will ensure that practically every applicant for residency during the ERAS 2020-2021 cycle will face obstacles completing activities usually included in their application. Some will be delayed in completing their clerkship curriculum and early senior rotations, which will delay the collection of letters of evaluation and recommendation. Others will be unable to secure timely dates to complete their COMLEX-USA or USMLE exams. This year, programs face making selection decisions with differing amounts and types of data than they have ever had in the past. These changes necessitate evaluating the ERAS opening date for programs and the medical student performance evaluation (MSPE) release date. It is also critically important that programs have the tools they need to use the data they receive to evaluate the applications holistically. The traditional ERAS opening for programs on Sept. 15 and MSPE release date of Oct. 1 may not allow sufficient time for learners and medical schools to upload the most complete ERAS applications for programs to review and evaluate. Multiple conversations with medical schools, applicants, AAMC affinity groups, specialty organizations, and the ERAS Advisory Committee reached consensus that an ERAS opening for residency programs could occur in mid-to-late October.
Recommendation: The WG recommends a delayed opening of ERAS for residency programs and a delayed release of the MSPE and that the opening and release happen on the same day.”
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