Western University of Health Sciences Registrar Western University of Health Sciences


ERAS, which stands for Electronic Residency Application System, is used by medical students in their final year of medical school as well as graduates to apply electronically for residency programs. ERAS provides a comprehensive listing of the specialties and programs participating in ERAS on their website.

NRMP, which stands for National Residency Matching Program, is not an application processing service. It provides an impartial venue for matching applicants’ and programs’ preferences for each. Applicants include former graduates of U.S. medical schools, U.S. osteopathic students and graduates, Canadian students and graduates, and students and graduates of international medical schools. For additional information about NRMP, visit their website



Dates to Remember


April 15, 2014:

The MyERAS web site will become available to applicants. Students can begin working on their applications and attaching documents. Schools begin generating and distributing tokens to applicants.

 May 31, 2014:

End of ERAS 2014 Season.

ERAS does not set program application deadlines; applicants need to contact programs directly for deadlines.

July 15, 2014:

Osteopathic applicants may begin selecting and applying to osteopathic training programs only. AOA accredited residency programs begin contacting the ERAS PostOffice to download application files.

September 15, 2014:

Applicants begin applying/transmitting their applications to ACGME accredited residency programs. ACGME accredited residency programs begin contacting the ERAS PostOffice to download applications.

NRMP registration begins at 12:00 noon (EST) for applicants, instititopma; officials, program directors, and medical school officials.

October 1, 2014:

MSPEs are released to residency programs.

***Medical schools will upload the MSPEs to the ERAS PostOffice according to their own schedule. Programs will download MSPEs once they become available; however, they will remain embedded in the PDWS until programs contact the PostOffice on October 1.

December 2014:

MILITARY MATCH - Military match results are available.

January 2015:

UROLOGY MATCH - Urology match results are available.

February 2015:


March 2015:

National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) – NRMP main residency match results are available.

Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program (SOAP) The Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program (SOAP) is a collaboration between ERAS and the NRMP to replace the “Scramble” process during Match Week, March 2015.

For additional information on SOAP please contact NRMP at (202) 400-2233
or at support@nrmp.org.

March 2015:

NRMP Programs with unfilled positions must finalize their first-round Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program (SOAP) preference lists by 11:55 p.m. (EST).

Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program (SOAP) offer rounds begin at 12:00 p.m. (EST).

NRMP – Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program (SOAP) offers conclude at 5:00 p.m. (EST).


NRMP Match Day! Match results for applicants are posted to website at 1:00 p.m. (EST).


*** SOAP-eligible unmatched applicants shall initiate contact with the directors of unfilled programs only through ERAS. Other individuals or entities shall not initiate contact on behalf of any SOAP-eligible unmatched applicant prior to contact from directors of unfilled programs. Such contact is a violation of the Match Participation Agreement. Contact between programs and matched applicants prior to general announcement of 2015 Match results at 1:00 p.m. (EST) Friday, March 21, 2014 also is a violation of the Match Participation Agreement.

May 31, 2015:

End of ERAS Season


What the Office of the Registrar Needs You to Do


There are three steps that must be completed while applying in order for the Office the Registrar to have access to your application on our screens for scanning of documents:


  1. Designate your letters of recommendation individually to each of your programs

  2. Pay ERAS for your programs

  3. Submit your application through ERAS


In conjunction with or after completing the three steps listed above, students must submit a written request for an official transcript so the Office of the Registrar can upload to ERAS. Materials that you will need to request for ERAS include:

Official Transcripts are $10.00 each and must be purchased via BanWeb.

COMLEX Board Scores will need to be purchased directly through the board. We will no longer be scanning in copies.

When requesting these items, please follow the standard procedure for requesting release of file materials (see Transcript section for further instructions). Remember that our office needs to have receipt of payment before processing any materials you will be requesting. Below are items you will need to supply to our office for uploading:

  1. A color photo of yourself, approximately 2″-3″ in size (.jpg format)

  2. Letters of Recommendation (Note: We only use Letters of Recommendation for uploading to ERAS and will not mail them to a third party or return them to students; therefore, be sure you have copies before you turn them over to our office. We can scan high quality copies of letters if you prefer to keep your originals.)

Once we are able to view your application on our ERAS software, we will scan all of the items we have for you. Please do not wait for outstanding letters of recommendation before completing the application process. If the necessary steps are completed as early as possible, we will be able to scan your documents into ERAS without delay. It is not unusual for programs to begin downloading your documents and reviewing your files even with missing letters of recommendation.

The Office of the Registrar is here to help you with every step of the application process. Please feel free to contact us at (909) 469-5491 if you have any questions or at registrar@westernu.edu.


Additional Information

ERAS 2015 LOR Cover Sheet

ERAS 2016 LOR Cover Sheet

AAMC – ERAS Electronic Residency Application Service

Top 10 Questions for Applicants

2014-2015 MSPE FAQs