Changes to the ERAS application for the 2024 Match
The 2023-2024 Match cycle has begun! Here are some changes to the ERAS application that the AAMC has made for the next Match.
Supplemental ERAS application
The supplemental ERAS application was designed to help programs get a more complete picture of each applicant by asking them to share the experiences that have shaped them. This year, after using the Supplemental ERAS for two Match cycles, the AAMC has decided to eliminate the supplemental application. Instead, they have taken what they have learned to revise the ERAS application.
Changes to the ERAS application – “Experiences” section
There will be several changes to the “experiences” section.
Until now, applicants were allowed any number of experiences in this section. Now, applicants can include up to 10.
Additionally, applicants can select their top three most meaningful experiences and describe them using a short description. Hopefully, this will help communicate who they are and what is most important to them.
The application previously collected limited information about each experience entry (e.g., position, organization, timeframe, location). Now, it will collect more descriptive information, including:
- frequency of participation
- experience type
- additional questions to clarify each experience
- Short descriptions focused on critical information. This includes roles, responsibilities, and context for all experiences entries. This helps programs complete a more holistic review.
Addition of Program Signals
Now, residency applicants applying to selected specialties and programs will be able to signal participating programs about their interest. Again, this is limited to residency applicants applying to specialties and programs that opt-in to participate in program signals.
Additionally, applicants can describe any challenges or hardships that influenced their journey to residency. This could include experiences related to family background, financial background, community setting, educational experiences, or general life experiences. Here, applicants who have overcome major challenges or obstacles can communicate what they’ve gone through and highlight their strengths.
Updates to Geographic Information
Finally, applicants can communicate their preference or lack of preference for a particular geographic region or “division”, as well as preferred settings, such as urban or rural settings.
Remember, these changes are not yet final. Follow us to keep up to date with the changes, and reach out to Residency Experts for help on how to use them to your advantage!
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