Frequently Asked Questions
Straightforward answers to common questions about your ERAS application, your personal statement and your Curriculum Vitae.
I am applying to two specialties, do I need two different personal statements?
Yes, we recommend that you develop different personal statements that are tailored to each specialty, and speak to your unique qualifications and particular interest in that specialty. Visit our Personal Statements page for more FAQs regarding personal statements.
Why would I need an ERAS CV if program directors have already seen my ERAS application?
When you present an interviewer with your CV, you’re giving him an easy way to reference your unique background and qualifications. He won’t have to strain his memory to remember obscure details from your application; all the information he needs is at his fingertips! When you arrive for your interview, you must be prepared to present a professional, up-to-date copy of your CV, printed on the appropriate paper. A well-crafted CV allows you another opportunity to impress a potential employer with your proficiency and fluency in English. A poorly-written or sloppy CV may convince a program director that you do not have the professionalism it takes to succeed in a US residency program.
How do your writers present my information better than I myself would?
Our expert writers will help you determine prioritize which information belongs on your ERAS CV. We’ll help you figure out what to list and when to list it; we’ll help you showcase your medical expertise without allowing your CV to become overly clinical. We’ll also format your CV with a uniquely designed letterhead that you can use on all of your official communication; this will reinforce your image as a polished and a professional candidate.
How does the writing process work?
After purchasing our ERAS CV package, you will receive a detailed questionnaire with questions regarding your schooling, experience, and qualifications. Once you have completely filled out the questionnaire, your writer will create a CV that showcases your achievements and highlights your experience. You will receive your CV within 2-4 business days of submitting the questionnaire; you have another 2 business days to request changes.
When do I need a CV?
You should present each of your interviewers with a copy of your ERAS CV: remember to print it on high-quality paper! Also, when you mail in thank you letters after an interview, include a copy of your CV; this will help a busy program director put a face to your letter.
First is to be specific to your story. If everyone else writes it in their personal statements, then you should not, unless it is particularly relevant to you.
An example of this is an IMG who writes, without any obvious reason for doing so, that she wants to pursue residency in the United States because the U.S. is at the forefront of medicine. A second example is a candidate who writes that he wants to pursue residency in a program that will give him the knowledge and training he will need to succeed in his chosen field. These are both vague statements that should be included only if they relate specifically to your personal career path.
Second is is a rephrasing of the first: to write only of your particular experience. This is your greatest strength and what will set you apart. If you write that you want to pursue a career in medicine in order to serve the community, we will ask what kind of community and what way do you see yourself serving. We will ask where this desire has come from and how you have pursued it.
If you write that you want to be a leader, we will ask where you want to be a leader, why you want to be a leader, what kind of leader you want to be, and in what way specifically you plan to lead others.