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Default Match 2018 Timeline! **PLEASE SHARE AS NEEDED*

Hi i found this off several threads and have taken the liberty of updating the dates. Chronology seems to be in order and it will provide a guideline for hopeful applicant when the clock strikes 11 come MATCH 2018!!!


Here are the steps to getting your MyERAS ready for the Match:

Token - Starting June 23rd, 2017 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.

AAMC - 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.

Filling out your ERAS profile
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.
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.

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.
Document Upload

Letters of Recommendation (MyERAS). 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. 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.

Other documents (upload via OASIS in the ERAS section) -They are you LOR’s, your transcripts, your CV, your passport photograph, your personal statement and MSPE

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, 2017.

Search and Select your programs by Clicking on “Programs” Tab.
You can search them by AAMC or NRMP ID or even by location. You should have a good idea of where you want to apply to by now.

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. Try to do this step before July, as it will save you lots of time!

Click on “Programs” tab and click on each program and check boxes in order attach the necessary documents to them. These include LORs, Photo, and your USMLE transcripts. NOTE! Your USMLE transcripts can only be checked when the application season opens on September 1st, 2017. There is a one time fee of 65$ I believe that will be included in your final invoice.

On September 15th, 2017, 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.
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.

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

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Thanks for posting this. I was clueless. I need to contact my preceptors for my LORs. When should one contact someone for LORs? Do you know of any good books for personal statements
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Thanks a lot for the post
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