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Dissecting Selected Experiences: How to Build A Compelling Narrative

Standing out as an IMG in the ERAS game requires more than stellar grades. Residency programs crave a deeper look – your experiences. But beyond a list, they require you to pick 10 selected experiences that resonate with your specialty choice and career goals. From Setting to Focus: Unveiling Your Strengths Your experiences can be…

Strategies for Securing Strong Letters of Recommendation (LORs) Early: Optimize Your ERAS Application in Medical School

With the ever-increasing competitiveness of residency programs, securing strong Letters of Recommendation (LORs) has become a critical step in landing your dream position. These documents offer a unique perspective on your skills and potential, often influencing program directors’ final decisions. But rushing to request LORs at the last minute can backfire, resulting in generic letters…

How to Build a Standout Residency CV while in Medical School

The residency application process is a pivotal moment for any medical student. Matching with your desired program hinges on a well-crafted personal statement, stellar recommendation letters, and, of course, an outstanding ERAS CV. This document serves as your first impression to program directors, so crafting a compelling and informative ERAS CV is crucial. Building the…

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ECFMG Pathways: Breaking Down Each Pathway

The journey to practice medicine in the United States for International Medical Graduates (IMGs) begins with the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). Achieving ECFMG certification is a vital step for IMGs seeking residency and licensure in the U.S. This key step verifies that IMGs have the necessary education and credentials for U.S. residency…

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Interview Preparation: Strategies and Tips for Residency Interviews in the Upcoming Weeks

Residency interviews are an important step in the selection process. Crafting an impressive CV or obtaining stellar LORs can get your foot in the door, but how you present yourself in the interview is crucial.  During a residency interview, programs evaluate more than just your credentials. They assess your interpersonal skills, passion, and alignment with…

How to Send Program Signals

What is Program Signaling? Program Signaling is a new feature of the ERAS application that has been introduced for the 2024 Match. This section was previously part of the Supplemental ERAS application that has now been eliminated and combined with the main ERAS application. This feature allows applicants to select programs they would like to…

Understanding the ERAS Changes for the 2024 Match

Why did ERAS make changes to the application? The Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) has undergone significant changes for the 2024 Match, impacting how applicants showcase their skills, experiences, and preferences. These changes not only provide applicants with new ways to express their interests and qualifications, but also offer program directors more targeted criteria for…