Plastic Surgery Applicants:
This year we are piloting a Plastic Surgery Common Application (PSCA) that we hope will replace ERAS in future application cycles. This free, plastic surgery-specific application form was developed to decrease costs for applicants and streamline the application process. Along with more than a dozen other programs, we are piloting the PSCA for potential use by all applicants next year. We are NOT accepting ERAS applications this year. We recognize that this is additional work for you this year as you use ERAS for other programs. However, the PSCA will ultimately improve the residency application process, which needs significant changes. The PSCA is now open, and all application materials will be transmitted to the above programs on October 21, 2020, in parallel with ERAS. You may access the application at the link below and a number of FAQs are below. For questions and concerns about the PSCA, please contact email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Good luck with this application cycle!
Plastic Surgery Common Application – Common Questions
1. What are the important dates for the PSCA? The PSCA will open on September 14. All applications submitted prior to October 21 will be transmitted to programs at 9:00 AM EST on October 21. Any application submitted afterwards will be transmitted to programs within 1 week of submission. The PSCA will close at 11:59 PM EST on December 1.
2. Can I save the PSCA and return later? Yes, there is a function to save using a return code. If you are unable to access your application for any reason, please reach out for assistance (contact information below).
3. Will programs still review my application if I only apply using ERAS? With the exception of Vanderbilt University Medical Center, all participating programs will also accept ERAS this cycle. We ask, however, that you also fill out the PSCA to accurately pilot this reform.
4. How do I submit Letters of Recommendation using the PSCA? You will be asked to provide email addresses for up to 3 letter writers. Upon submission, they will automatically receive a link to upload your letter, as well as fill out the ACAPS Standardized Recommendation Form electronically. They will receive weekly reminders to upload your letter, and you will receive a confirmation email once it has been uploaded.
5. How do I upload my Dean’s Letter using the PSCA? Similar to letters of recommendation, you will be asked to provide an email for your Medical Student Affairs office, and they will automatically receive an email with a link to upload. You will receive a confirmation email once it has been uploaded.
6. How are my scores and grades verified? You will be asked to upload PDF copies of your score reports and transcripts in addition to entering them manually. As with many systems in medicine, this process relies on trust. If you are found to have falsified your credentials in any way, we reserve the right to disclose the violation to all program directors.