Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) Update for 2020-2021 Residency Cycle

On May 11th, ERAS offered guidance regarding the residency application timeline for those looking to Match in 2021, by publishing the Final Report and Recommendations for Medical Education Institutions of LCME-Accredited, U.S. Osteopathic, and Non-U.S. Medical School Applicants regarding the 2020-2021 residency cycle.

Here are the key recommendations:

Recommendation 1 ? Away Rotations for Medical Students – The WG recommends that for the 2020-2021 academic year, away rotations be discouraged, except under [special] circumstances:

Recommendation 2 ? Virtual Interviews: The WG recommends that all programs commit to online interviews and virtual visits for all applicants, including local students, rather than in-person interviews for the entire cycle and that the medical education community commit to creating a robust digital environment and set of tools to yield the best experiences for programs and applicants.

Recommendation 3 ? The ERAS Opening for Programs and the Overall Residency Timeline: The WG recommends a delayed opening of ERAS for residency programs and a delayed release of the medical student performance evaluation (MSPE) and that the opening and release happen on the same day [October 21, 2020].

The Coalition for Physician Accountability (Coalition) is a cross-organizational group composed of AACOM, AAMC, ACCME, ACGME, AMA, AOGME, AOA, CMSS (OPDA), ECFMG, FSMB, LCME, NBME, and NBOME



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