P&S Journal: Spring 1994, Vol.14, No.2
P & S News
Computerized Residency Applications
The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) has announced the development of a computer system that will simplify the residency application process by enabling medical students and dean's offices to submit applications to residency programs electronically.
The Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) is a software program and a system of interconnected computer workstations accessible to students and dean's offices at medical schools and residency program directors at teaching hospitals. Using the program and a computer diskette, students can complete a standardized application form and add one or more personal statements. The dean's office can add letters of recommendation and academic transcripts to a student's electronic files, then transmit the completed applications to residency program directors throughout the United States.
Under the current system, students prepare and mail separate applications for each residency program they select; the dean's office prepares letters and transcripts for each residency program; and faculty mail recommendations to each program. The average student applies to 16 programs, but students have been known to apply to 50 or more programs.
In addition to reducing the time and expense in submitting applications, the system is expected to help residency programs process applications more efficiently. AAMC will field test ERAS at selected schools throughout 1994-95. The system could be available nationwide as early as the 1995-96 academic year.