Browsing through the NRMP site I can across a peculiar heading on the right, hidden away in the corner. What immediately caught my eye was that the residency match service (ERAS) that as for so long provided a central application service for scores of hopeful applicants is going through major overhaul. The National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) has notified the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) that it is terminating the contract under which the AAMC has provided support services to the NRMP.
The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) runs the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS), to transmit residency applications, documents, Letters of Recommendation (LORs), Dean's Letters, MSPEs, transcripts, and other supporting documents. It plays a central role in coordinating the paperwork between applicant and program directors acting as a central office. ERAS also functions as the designated deans office (DDO) for many international graduates.
The National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) is a private, not-for-profit corporation that oversees appointment of graduate medical education positions (residency) in United States.
This change is huge and at present time, not many details are known about what this transition will entail the IMG community. It is expected however that the change is going to be over a span of two years starting this year, which means the applicants wont be affected till about 2013. The transition period (2 years) will see NRMP continuing to use the ERAS service by AAMC. What happens next, we will have to wait and see.
I am going to keep following this development and see what it entails for the international medical graduate community! So keep checking the web log folks.