What is ERAS
ERAS is a service that transmits applications, letters of recommendation (LoRs), Medical Student Performance Evaluations (MSPEs), medical school transcripts, USMLE transcripts, COMLEX transcripts, and other supporting credentials from you and your designated dean's office to program directors using the Internet. ERAS consists of MyERAS (the Web site where you create your application), the Dean's Office Workstation (DWS), the Program Director's Workstation (PDWS), and the ERAS PostOffice.
Components of ERAS
ERAS is comprised of four main components:
- MyERAS Web site. This is where you complete your application and personal statement, select programs to apply to, and assign documents to be received by those programs.
- Dean's Office Workstation (DWS). This is ERAS software used by staff at your designated dean's office. From this software they create an electronic token that you use to access MyERAS. They also use this system to scan and attach supporting documents to your application, such as photograph, medical school transcript, MSPE, and LoRs.
- Program Director's Workstation (PDWS). This is ERAS software used by program staff to receive, sort, review, evaluate, and rank applications.
- ERAS PostOffice. This is a central bank of computers that transfer the application materials from applicants and the designated dean's office to residency programs. You can monitor the activity of your files on the ERAS PostOffice via the Applicant Data Tracking System (ADTS).
How does ERAS work?
- Your designated dean's office will issue you an electronic token. You will use it to access the MyERAS Web site.
- You will complete the ERAS application, select programs, assign supporting documents, and transmit your application to programs.
- Schools receive notification of the completed application and start scanning and transmitting supporting documents.
- Examining boards receive and process requests for score reports.
- Programs contact the ERAS PostOffice on a daily basis to download application materials.