Do You Need to Submit ERAS® on September 15?

The Electronic Residency Application Service® (ERAS®) often takes students by surprise because, unlike most other applications you’ve seen, there is no “due” date for any of the participating residency programs.
So while your application starts becoming available to programs on a certain day in September, is that when you should submit it?
Our answer is a resounding “YES.”
Some programs look early. Family Medicine and Internal Medicine, in particular, will often invite interviewees very shortly after ERAS® opens. By the time ERAS® actually opens, you’ve had several months to peruse — and this should be plenty of time to make decisions on where to apply and what to say in your application. Don’t miss out on an interview because you were too late in submitting your application. 
And there’s no advantage to waiting. Any additional documents (letters of recommendation, USMLE transcript updates) can be uploaded afterwards. And programs will still look at your application even if your letters of recommendation or Dean’s Letter aren’t in by the day ERAS® opens.
For programs that might invite within the first few days of ERAS® opening, an almost-complete application is better than no application at all — and waiting longer will only add to your stress levels.

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