USMLE/ECFMG

ERAS Hot Topic - July 15, 2019

Dear Doctor,

 

This ERAS Hot Topic message will cover information about how to request a Letter of Recommendation (LoR).

 

It is important to obtain solid, comprehensive Letters of Recommendation (LoRs) to provide an extra advantage when applying for U.S. Residency positions. The sooner your students request their LoRs, the sooner their potential letter writer can begin to note the knowledge, abilities, and personal characteristics that make them a desirable candidate for residency. Your students should allow letter writers plenty of time to reflect upon their performance so they are prepared to meet program deadlines for receiving LoRs.

 

Your students should approach those physicians who are most familiar with their clinical abilities, medical knowledge, and work ethic. It is also important to select writers who are aware of their interpersonal skills with patients and their families, and their ability to work as part of a team.

If at all possible, avoid submitting LoRs regarding experiences more than two years prior to their application. Program directors want to see LoRs that measure their most current knowledge and skills.

For additional information, please visit https://www.ecfmg.org/echo/asking-for-lor.html.

Thank you for using EMSWP ERAS. We will continue to deliver helpful tips and news.

 

Sincerely,

 

ERAS Support Services

ERAS Hot Topic - July 11, 2019

Greetings!

This ERAS Hot Topic message will cover information about researching programs.

There are many things to consider when exploring potential residency programs. A residency is important because it’s a time of tremendous growth both in clinical knowledge base as well as professional development.  To achieve their goals of entering a residency program your students should effectively research programs, compare their qualifications, pinpoint their preferences for residency training, and compare programs.

Prior to applying via ERAS, your students should contact their programs of interest to determine their minimum eligibility criteria, ERAS application deadlines, licensure requirements and institutional policies about visas, as it varies by program. Much of this information can be found on each program’s website. A list of ERAS Participating Specialties and Programs is available on the AAMC website at https://services.aamc.org/eras/erasstats/par/index.cfm.

 

There are many things to consider when exploring potential residency programs. Additional resources available include:

  • The American Medical Association (AMA) offers FREIDA Online, a database with over 9,500 graduate medical education programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). If they are not a member of the AMA their first step is to establish an account before beginning to search for programs by specialty, state, institution, and optional criteria.
  • Individual specialty organizations, such as the American Academy of Family Physicians, the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics, and many others.

 

Thank you for using EMSWP ERAS. We will continue to deliver helpful tips and news.

Sincerely,

ERAS Support Services

ECFMG UPDATE! – July 8, 2019

Greetings!
This ERAS Hot Topic message will cover information about scheduling your USMLE exams.

In order to obtain ECFMG certification, international medical graduates are required to complete and pass three examinations:

1. USMLE Step 1
2. Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK)
2. Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS)

If you have not yet completed one or more of these exams, we highly recommend that you SCHEDULE A TEST DATE as soon as possible.

Scores for Step 1 and Step 2 CK generally become available three to four weeks after testing.
Scores for Step 2 CS can take much longer to be reported. A detailed schedule for Step 2 CS
scores can be found on the following page:
http://www.usmle.org/step-2-cs/#reporting

Due to the length of time it takes for Step 2 CS scores to be reported, students should complete the exam no later than December 31 st , 2019 to ensure that their scores will be available by the NRMP Rank Order List deadline on February 26 th , 2020. If you do not have passing results on the USMLE Step 1, Step 2 CK and Step 2 CS by that deadline, the NRMP will WITHDRAW them from the Match.

For additional information on the USMLE examinations, please visit the USMLE website at http://www.usmle.org.

If you have any questions about scheduling a USMLE exam, please contact ECFMG at (215) 386-5900.

The ERAS Support Services at ECFMG website provides a detailed timeline that will give you the important dates to assist your students with their application. It also shows quick links to MyERAS, OASIS, NRMP and AAMC.
http://www.ecfmg.org/eras/timeline.html

Thank you for using EMSWP ERAS. We look forward to continue delivering helpful tips and news.

Sincerely,
ERAS Support Services

This is a standard informational message from ERAS Support Services ECFMG sent to all registered EMSWP ERAS Medical Schools. Please respond to this or any other message you receive from ECFMG if you have any questions about the ERAS application process.