The ECFMG Information Booklet contains all information regarding the process of gaining certification in the United States. It is highly recommended all students read this booklet before starting the certification process. A brief fact sheet is also available for a concise summary.

What is ECFMG (Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates)?

  • ECFMG processes all IMG documents and submits them to ERAS.

What is ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service)?

  • ERAS is a depository of all residency application documents.

What is NRMP (National Resident Matching Program)?

  • NRMP collects the preferences of applicants and program directors for available residency positions and does the “lottery” for the Match. 

View the OCS Operations & Student Affairs presentation on MSPE-LORs-2017 Program Requirements

2. Residency Application Information

The 2018 MyERAS Residency User Guide contains all information on how ERAS works and outlines the steps for using MyERAS to apply to U.S. residency programs. It is highly recommended all students read this booklet before beginning the application process. Below is supplemental information to the Residency User Guide, specifically as it relates to UQ-Ochsner students.

What goes into MyERAS?

  • Application
  • Personal Statement
  • Photo – (White Coat Photo Recommended)
  • Programs you select to receive your application
  • List of writers for letters of recommendation

What does the OCS Administrative Team upload for students?

  • Medical School Transcript
  • MSPE
  • California PTAL document that indicates you have submitted and paid the application fee to the Medical Board of California

What type of photo should I use for my application in MyERAS?

  • It is strongly suggested to use your white coat photo, since it is a professional photo.
  • Email OchsnerClinicalSchool@ochsner.org to receive a copy of your white coat photo.

What email address should I use for my application in MyERAS?

  • You may use your UQ email, Ochsner email, or your personal email
  • You will continue to have access to your Ochsner email until the end of March after Match.
  • Your UQ email account never expires, you continue to keep it as alumni.

What information is available through OASIS – On-Line Applicant Status and Information System?

  • You can use OASIS to check basic information, such as:
    • Name of record
    • Contact information
    • Status of your ECFMG financial account
  • You can also access information regarding specific requirements related to ECFMG Certification, such as the status of:
    • Application for ECFMG Certification
    • Exam applications
    • Medical education credentials
    • USMLE transcript requests (except for electronic transcripts requested through ERAS)

Can I use OASIS to get my exam results?

  • Yes.  Score reports are issued in electronic format only and can be accessed using OASIS.  Once your score report has been issued, ECFMG will send a notification to the e-mail address in your ECFMG record.  Instructions on how to view, download, and print your examination results will be available in the e-mail notification.  Score reports are available for approximately 120 days from the date of the e-mail notification.  You will not receive a paper score report by postal mail.

How do I release my USMLE transcript?

  • In MyERAS, under the Documents tab is a sub-tab USMLE Transcript. You will authorize the release of your USMLE transcript. If new transcript scores are uploaded, the most recent upload date will display by viewing the USMLE Requests Status Report
  • If you receive new scores after you have applied to residency programs, you must retransmit the USMLE Transcript in order for residency programs to receive the new scores. In MyERAS select the Resend My Scores option under the Actions column on the Additional Documents page. The USMLE Transcript will then be sent to every program that previously received it.

Can I provide the information available through OASIS to others as official documentation of completing an exam?

What information can I change using OASIS?

  • OASIS allows you to update your mailing address, telephone number, fax number, and e-mail address. You may not make any changes to your name on-line. If the name in your ECFMG record is not your correct and current legal name, you must follow the instructions for submitting a Request to Change Applicant Biographic Information (Form 182), available through OASIS on the Applicant Contact Information screen.
  • Make sure the name in your ECFMG record is the same as your name in mySI-Net.

What else can I do through OASIS?

  • You will use OASIS to access and complete the on-line Document Submission Form, and to upload your digital photograph.
  • You can also use OASIS to upload certain documents in support of your Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS®) application. Click here for more information.

How do I track my application documents?

  • You will track your application documents in the Documents section of MyERAS.

What is the NRMP ID?

  • The NRMP ID is a unique identifier that you receive when you register for a Match sponsored by the NRMP. It is different from the AAMC ID, which you received from AAMC services such as ERAS. The AAMC and NRMP are two separate organizations, so applicants must register for both ERAS and NRMP.

Am I required to have an NRMP ID to submit with my ERAS application?

  • No. The NRMP ID field is in the Profile of MyERAS and can be added at any time. However, you should return to your MyERAS profile and enter your NRMP ID once you have registered with NRMP and received your NRMP ID.

Am I required to include my AAMC ID when I register for an NRMP Match?

  • To register for the Main Residency Match, you must provide the AAMC ID number from your MyERAS application.

When can I register with NRMP?

  • Applicants should keep in mind that an NRMP ID is NOT required to submit applications. However, after registering for the 2018 Main Residency Match, applicants should log back in to ERAS and update their profile with their NRMP ID to make it easier for program directors to identify them for placement on the program’s rank order lists.
  • Registration for the 2018 Main Residency Match opens on September 15, 2017. You must complete the registration process, electronically sign the Match Participation Agreement, and pay Match fees in order to participate in the Main Residency Match.
  • To avoid late fees, register by November 30, 2017.

Refer to the NRMP FAQ section for applicants - http://www.nrmp.org/faq-sections/applicants-faqs/

See an overview of the Application Process.

Tools for Residency Applicants

Contact

For all enquiries regarding registration and certification requirements for Ochsner students, please contact the Ochsner Clinical School Office of Student Affairs:

Phone: +1 504 842 0197
Email: StudentAffairs@ochsner.org or 
scott.peters@uq.edu.au or 
speters@ochsner.org