USMLE post match scramble is an important and free process for International Medical Graduates (IMGS) in which all those who have been unsuccessful in obtaining a match for their residency can apply for the unfulfilled positions. The list of these unfulfilled positions is usually posted on NRMP website (www.nmrp.org) two days prior to the posting of the final match results. In 2005 this will be 12:00 noon, Eastern Time in the United States, on Tuesday, March 15, 2005 and will last from noon on March 15 to noon on March 17, 2005. In these 48 hours the online USMLE Post Match scramble process usually transmits thousands of documents.
The USMLE Post Match scramble involves three different organizations: 1. MyERAS, operated by the Association of American Medical Colleges www.myeras.aamc.org; 2. The National Resident Matching Program (NRMP, or "the Match") www.nrmp.org; 3. Your ERAS Crew at ECFMG, your designated Dean's Office www.ecfmg.org/eras. Any applicant who has not matched can apply for USMLE Post Match scramble. IMGs must have their passing results for all required exams reported to the NRMP in time to participate in the Match, but they do not have to be certified prior to the Match in order to participate. To participate in USMLE Post Match scramble and to increase your chances of getting a match in the USMLE Post Match scramble, one should apply as soon as the list of unfilled positions has been posted at www.nrmp.org at 12:00 noon, Eastern Time in the United States, on Tuesday, March 15, 2005. This is also the site where the final Match results will be posted 2 days later. You may apply to any program that has an unfilled position. If you have applied to a program earlier then let them know that they already have your application, and ask them to take another look at it. You cannot re-transmit your application.
In case you did not register with the Match, you need an NRMP / AAMC ID and a password to gain access to the list of unfilled positions. Ideally, you will have contacted a few programs in advance to find out whether you should apply, and how each program wants to receive your application. Since it will be difficult to reach the program directors and receive the answers you need during the USMLE Post Match scramble, the following method is considered to be the most appropriate:
1. Add up to 30 programs to the list of programs to which you have applied
2. Try to follow up with these programs by phone
3. If a program prefers to receive your application by fax, you can still fax your application to them.
You may apply to a maximum of 30 programs during the two-day USMLE Post Match scramble.
There is no charge for applying to programs during the USMLE Post Match scramble. However, to release your application, you must complete the payment process, even if the amount due is zero. Any programs to which you apply after 12:00 noon, Eastern Time in the United States, on Thursday, March 17, 2005 will be charged at the regular rate. For more information, see ERAS 2005 Application Fees on the AAMC ERAS website.
On Thursday, March 17, 2005, at 1:00 PM, the results of the Match will be announced.
One should always consider USMLE Post Match scramble as there are some programs that participate in ERAS, but not in the Match and vice versa. Although the list of such programs is not readily avaiable, it is better to increase your chances of getting a residency by exploring all the options including this USMLE Post Match scramble. You might have to appear for interviews in some programs even in USMLE Post Match scramble process but that depends from program to program and the program directors will be in best position to tell you.
You can make changes or update your application before the USMLE Post Match scramble only till the extent the software will allow you to change. You may change the information in MyProfile and you may reassign personal statements and Letters of Recommendation.
Throughout the season ERAS crew checks your files, on a daily basis, for any new information that would require an updated ECFMG Status Report to be transmitted to the programs. That new information could be a USMLE score or issuance of an ECFMG Certificate. Once a new Status Report has been created, based on any of these conditions, it will be transmitted automatically at the end of the day. There is nothing you need to do. During the two USMLE Post Match scramble days, ERAS crew will login to the ERAS PostOffice several times each day to retrieve your document assignments and program lists. They will process those lists and transmit your documents shortly thereafter.
List of things to do to prepare yourself appropriately for the USMLE Post Match scramble
During the 48 hours of the USMLE Post Match scramble, there is no time for manual processing. Your file must be ready for automatic processing by our system before the USMLE Post Match scramble begins.
1. At least one week before the USMLE Post Match scramble, you must apply to at least one program.
2. If you are planning to apply during the USMLE Post Match scramble only, you must still apply to at least one program about one week before the USMLE Post Match scramble.
3. You must also make sure that all of your documents have been received and assigned, so that ERAS can attach and transmit them before the USMLE Post Match scramble.
4. If you are sending ERAS new or replacement LoRs, they must have them one week prior to the USMLE Post Match scramble, so that they have time to attach them. If you have a new, additional LoR, assign it to one of your original programs. This gives them time to attach it before the USMLE Post Match scramble. During the USMLE Post Match scramble ERAS will not have time to do it.
5. If you are sending ERAS a replacement LoR from the same writer, attach a note to it that reads, "This replaces the previous LoR." Otherwise, ERAS might mistake it for another copy of the one they have already scanned and discard it without scanning. After that, your file is ready for the USMLE Post Match scramble.
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