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Here are the steps to getting your MyERAS ready for the Match:
1. Token
a. Starting June 23rd, 2015 go to ECFMG website, go to your OASIS and click ERAS support section at left hand bottom and choose to buy a Residency Token. The token is valid for the match year.
2. AAMC
a. After purchasing the Token you will get a special serial number. Go to AAMC website and register it. This will give you access to MyERAS profile in order to begin updating your profile with information and documents for the upcoming match.
3. Filling out your ERAS profile
a. You will be prompted to fill in some general information at first, such as your school, date of graduation, whether you require visa or not and etc.
b. Within that same application you will also fill out your CV by adding experiences and writing how many hours you have done and small descriptions of what you have done during that time.
i. N.B. Work experience is everything that was a rotation, observership, clinical teaching. Volunteer experience is pretty much everything else (clubs, being part of societies, workshops, etc). There will also be a separate section for research.
4. Document Upload
a. Letters of Recommendation (MyERAS)
i. This is about generating PDF’s to send to those who will write them and upload on your behalf. If you are an IMG and have non-waived letters, upload them via OASIS.
ii. You have two choices: waived or non-waived. Non-waived letters are simply uploaded by you. “Waived” letter means that you don’t get to see the letter and it is uploaded by the person who is recommending you. These letters are considered much stronger. Starting last year, AAMC introduced the concept of waived letters being submitted online via a secure network. The process works as such: you go on your MyERAS profile and click on the documents section. There you carry out a request for a letter of recommendation but filling out the name of the person who is recommending you and their position. After you click below tp authorize the generation of PDF file. This file contains instructions for the letter write on how to upload the letter succesfully on your behalf. Send this PDF to your letter write and have them follow the steps. As a suggestion, these letters may take up to two weeks to process, so get them done early! You will be able to check if they have en uploaded by checking your ERAS section in OASIS.

b. Other documents (upload via OASIS in the ERAS section)
i. They are you LOR’s, your transcripts, your CV, your passport photograph, your personal statement and MSPE
1. If you are an IMG, generally MPSE is uploaded by you. If you are an AMG, the school will upload them on your behalf. MSPE’s are released after October 1st, 2015.
5. Search and Select your programs by Clicking on “Programs” Tab. You can search them by AAMC or NRMP ID or even by location.
a. You should have a good idea of where you want to apply to by now.
b. The best resource for research is FREIDA. Go to FREIDA, and set your own filters. After selecting the programs, try visiting their website to find out any requirements which may cost you an automatic disqualification from the game. Pay close attention to programs that don’t sponsor visas. Remember, It is always best to check their websites and request any addition information first hand, then to trust lists people created years ago.
c. Try to do this step before July, as it will save you lots of time!
6. Click on “Programs” tab and click on each program and check boxes in order attach the necessary documents to them.
a. These include LORs, Photo, and your USMLE transcripts.
b. NOTE! Your USMLE transcripts can only be checked when the application season opens on September 1st, 2015. There is a one time fee of 65$ I believe that will be included in your final invoice.

7. On September 15th, 2015, go to your programs list and check the box next to each program. Scroll down and complete the steps to make the payment. Once you have paid, wait to receive your confirmation.
a. To kill 2 birds with one stone: After you have completed the payment, go to NRMP website and register for the match. It is a one time 65$ fee. This will come in handy in February, when you will do your ranking.

8. You can check the status of your ERAS application for each program in ADTS, which is located on the top right bar next to “Messages.”

9. Now the wait begins. You will get notifications to your e-mail and ERAS “Messages” section for interviews and rejections!
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Nice writeup.

Under Experience there are two categories:
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Training *
Please add an entry for any current or prior D.O. Internship, D.O. Residency, D.O. Fellowship, M.D. Residency or M.D. Fellowship in which you have trained, regardless of the length of time spent in the training. After completing the required fields, click Save. Additional entries may be added as needed.
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Experience *
Please add an entry for your additional experience. Clinical and Teaching experience should be treated as Work experiences. Include all unpaid extra-curricular activities and committees you have served on as Volunteer experiences. After completing the required fields, click Save. Additional entries may be added as needed.
So, my question is where does residency outside US (e.g. MD) should be added--under Training or under Experience?
Someone said that all outside residency i.e. postgraduate experience should be included under Experience. Is that true?
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Nice writeup.

Under Experience there are two categories:



So, my question is where does residency outside US (e.g. MD) should be added--under Training or under Experience?
Someone said that all outside residency i.e. postgraduate experience should be included under Experience. Is that true?
Yes, it should be included in the Work Experience section.
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Thanks saxo.

Another question:
Where does the Internship period goes?
Since Internship is a mandatory requirement to get MBBS degree it should be part of graduation and not a work experience.
So it is better not to put it under work experience since your MSPE/MS transcript will mention it anyway?
I am getting conflicting from various forums/blogs.
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Thanks saxo.

Another question:
Where does the Internship period goes?
Since Internship is a mandatory requirement to get MBBS degree it should be part of graduation and not a work experience.
So it is better not to put it under work experience since your MSPE will mention it anyway?
I am getting conflicting from various forums/blogs.
Yes that's true. As it's a requirement for MBBS degree, you don't have to separately put it in work experience section (if the period of internship is clearly mentioned in your MSPE). However, my MSPE just put the date I finished internship as the graduation date (the exact peroid was not mentioned) so I had to include it in the work experience section.
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Yes, it should be included in the Work Experience section.
But then why does the "training" section has the drop down choices under country?
I mean it it is not specific to US then why not take credit for residency if you did it in your home country?
Few years ago one of my friend filled his MD under training and matched without a problem.
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Another question: Where do you put your thesis which you published as a requirement of your postgraduate degree back home?
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Another question: Under Oral/poster presentation do you put all authors name(s) or just your's since it was you who actually presented?
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But then why does the "training" section has the drop down choices under country?
I mean it it is not specific to US then why not take credit for residency if you did it in your home country?
Few years ago one of my friend filled his MD under training and matched without a problem.
Those are good points. I know people who matched with blaring mistakes in the ERAS CAF.
I think as long as you are able to explain and talk about it, it does not really matter if you put it in the experience or training section. You can speak with ERAS support services and see what they say.
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Another question: Where do you put your thesis which you published as a requirement of your postgraduate degree back home?
There isn't a specific section I can think of where you can put that (as it was a requirement for the degree and not a publication as such, you can't put it in the publication section). If you decide you put the post graduate under experience section then you could write a couple of lines about the thesis in the description
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Another question: Under Oral/poster presentation do you put all authors name(s) or just your's since it was you who actually presented?
If the poster has other authors, you have to mention their names (even if you were the only one who presented it orally)
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Thanks saxo. You are an expert on the whole application process.

Another question:

If I apply for Prelim and categorical position in IM together then I am only charged fee for one program ( as both are in same program).

I am not clear what happens if I apply only for categorical position now and maybe later apply for Prelim position at the same program.
Is it possible to apply separately (for Prelim and categorical position) at the same program and if it is possible then will I be charged twice or only once?
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Thanks saxo. You are an expert on the whole application process.

Another question:

If I apply for Prelim and categorical position in IM together then I am only charged fee for one program ( as both are in same program).

I am not clear what happens if I apply only for categorical position now and maybe later apply for Prelim position at the same program.
Is it possible to apply separately (for Prelim and categorical position) at the same program and if it is possible then will I be charged twice or only once?
I am not an expert buddy, we are in the same boat
Yes, you will be charged for both preliminary and categorical separately. You can apply to each of them when you want to. Usually, people avoid applying to both preliminary and categorical at the same program because that would be like sending mixed messages to the program about your interests.
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Thanks a lot saxo.

Should I have one Personal statement for all specialties or a separate one tailored for specialty?
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Should I have one Personal statement for all specialties or a separate one tailored for specialty?
Definitely one tailored according to the specialty you are applying to!
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Definitely one tailored according to the specialty you are applying to!
Agreed. Also, if you can try to tailor the PS depending on whether you are applying to university or community programs
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