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How Programs Use ERAS Filters to Vet Candidates - Years Since Graduation

Years Since Graduation

There’s not much to tell you about this one and there’s really no great strategy to overcome it. The most common cut-off is 5 years since your medical school graduation. Nearly every program I’ve ever worked with has this cut-off with few exceptions. FQHC-based programs and some innovative PCP (IM or FM) programs will look beyond 5 years if you continue to maintain hands-on clinical activity in the U.S. or abroad—but Programs that will do this are rare, beautiful, and altruistic gems.

Strategy:

Look for rural primary care programs or scour Program website for the words “we look at the application holistically”. If you are completing a TY, TRI, or a Preliminary program and are looking for a Categorical program (not advanced PGY-2, just categorical PGY-1), any new program will be hesitant to take you due to CMS-regulations of what constitutes a “new” program. Because of this, stick to programs older than >5 years.

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