What's App, Doc? The New ERAS Supplemental Application for Residency

Friday, June 24, 2022 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM (Add to Calendar)
Jennifer Soep

Applying for a residency position has become an increasingly stressful process. Medical students struggle to understand what programs are looking for and the number of programs to which they should apply. Residency programs are overwhelmed by the volume of applicants and have difficulty determining true applicant interest. This current state of “Match Frenzy” calls for a paradigm shift in the residency selection process. To this end, the Association of American Medical Colleges conducted a pilot study of a supplemental application in three specialties (dermatology, internal medicine, general surgery) in 2021-2022 and will extend this to more than fifteen specialties in the upcoming cycle. The supplemental application allows students to highlight their most important experiences and signal their true interest in geographic areas and specific programs. This should drive programs to perform a more holistic review of applicants in this high-volume application context. Dr. Soep will review the data from the pilot year, provide an overview of the elements of the application and discuss implications for medical students, career advisors, student affairs and program directors.

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