In this episode of Med Student Over Easy, our host Dr. Little is joined by Molly Estes, Alexis Pelletier-Bui, and Liz Werley to discuss ERAS updates for the upcoming 2023 application cycle.
- To help applicants be seen earlier on by a program in the application process and to help programs find applicants who are interested
- Found to double interview yield at programs they are signaling
- Going from 5 signals to 7 this year and advised to signal home and away programs if they are in your top 7
- Can choose up to 3 divisions
- Can explain why
- Can choose not to have a geographic preference
- Can choose setting preference: rural, suburban, or urban
- Can explain why you want this area
- If the program is not in the section you said you prefer, the program will not see your preference
- In the past, no limit but this year will be limited to 10
- Can label a top 3
- Impactful experience essay
- Can explain challenging or out-of-the-ordinary experiences that maybe made it more difficult to get through medical school
- Examples: sick family member you had to take care of, financial difficulties, you were a 1st generation college student, etc.
- optional section
- Removal of hobbies section so will have to add them to the experience section
- Only add if you spend a significant amount of time and truly enjoy
- Character count of 1020 but 1320 for your top three
Tips for Applying These Changes
- Be honest
- Send a signal if you are interested in a program and be truthful about if you have geographic location preference or not
- Don’t try to game the system. Be true to what you want and not try to apply based on strategy
- Try to paint a picture of yourself as an applicant
- Check out EMRA and CORD student advising guide and advising students committee supplemental applications guide
Post by Shannon Caliri, DO PGY3
About Our Guests:
Alexis Pelletier-Bui, MD
Associate Program Director and EM Subspecialty Advisor, Cooper Medical School of Rowan University – Cooper University Hospital
Liz Werley, MD
Former Program Director and Core Faculty, Penn State Health – Hershey Medical Center
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