Accruing ERAS letters of recommendation is one of the greatest sources of stress for students during residency application season. In the dozens of students I’ve coached through their ERAS residency applications, I’d estimate that over 80 percent of them saw this as a large cause of anxiety in their application.
In the Med School Tutors ERAS 2021 Summit, we covered a lot of ground, and in particular, we focused on how you can set yourself up for success on your virtual interviews from a technical standpoint.
If you missed the summit, or are looking for a recap, you're in luck! We've summarized some of the major points from the Virtual Interview segment and also have included the summit recording for you (skip ahead to 01:22:00 for the Virtual Interview portion).
Let's dive in!
Update 07/23/20: In case you missed it, or are in need of a refresh, here is our full recording of our ERAS 2021 Summit — and for more videos, be sure to subscribe to our YouTube Channel here.
Hello everyone! By way of introduction, I’m Dr. Eli Freiman. I’m a Board-certified pediatrician, teaching-award winning Pediatric Emergency Medicine fellow at Harvard Medical School/Boston Children’s Hospital, and I’ve served as a senior residency consultant and USMLE tutor for Med School Tutors since 2014.
When I opened my letter, my first thought was, “…sh*t.” I had just matched at my second choice and one of the best programs for obstetrics and gynecology, yet I couldn’t have been more dissatisfied with my match. It was at that moment that I realized that I had made my rank list for all of the wrong reasons.
Sending off ERAS can be a simultaneously nerve-wracking and exhilarating experience. In the days leading up to submission, there are a few steps you can proactively take before finalization to avoid any application mishaps.
In a perfect world, your personal statement will flow from mind to keyboard. You will close your eyes, find inspiration, and perhaps without even thinking, your fingers will dance across your laptop, and pound out the most glorious personal statement that a program director has ever read.
Few things excite me as much as reading a personal statement. While they aren’t at the very top of the list that program directors assess when deciding who to interview, they are your only chance to put together a narrative about yourself. This is the only part of the application where you won’t be confined to boxes and bullet points—you can tell your story, something that sets you apart from the entire field of applicants.
Can you believe it? It’s already that time of the year. Residency applications are just around the corner. Soon, thousands of medical students from across the country and globe will submit applications seeking PGY-1 residency positions for the following year. You will be one of them. Somehow you will need to stand out amongst the vast number of applicants. Here is how to do it.
ERAS season has finally begun, and ERAS tokens are now available to start the residency application process for a 2020 residency position. This also means that attendings may now upload their letters of recommendation to ERAS. The letter of recommendation (LOR) may seem like an aspect of your application that is entirely out of your control. But, I can assure you it is not. In fact, there is a lot that you can do to ensure you get a well-written and strong LOR. In the next few paragraphs I will provide you with the best approach to requesting a LOR from your attending. This approach will ensure that your attending has all the information they need to write you an excellent LOR.
If you're getting ready to apply to residency this year, or you're planning ahead for next year, Dr. Deep Bhatt has distilled down some of our top recommendations for how to successfully put together your ERAS application. He talks you through these tips and his perspective in the below video, and we've included a few more below in this post.