ERAS is the standardized online application that all US medical residency applicants must fill out. It stands for the Electronic Residency Application Service.
Every year we photograph many headshots for Medical Residency applications. Your headshot for your Medical Residency application is one the most important elements to your residency application and for your career.
Your ERAS photo will be stared at for hours by team of doctors who will evaluate your application.
We will ensure that your headshot represents you as a friendly and approachable person and also show that you are serious about your goals.
In general, you should dress professionally for your medical residency headshot. Avoid wearing scrubs for headshots unless you are also bringing a suit for your primary ERAS photo.
Remember to dress for the job you desire, not the job you now hold. If you're still unsure, feel free to contact us! We are always willing to offer guidance.
Wearing a white coat for your primary application photo is not recommended. You can take an extra image with a white coat if your photographer permits it, but it is typically not advised for ERAS photo submissions.
According to studies, candidates who wear glasses are statistically more likely to receive interview invitations; however, we only advocate wearing glasses if you really wear them!
Wear little jewelry and avoid low-cut clothing. In general, your outfit should be conservative so that faculty members may assess you based on your application rather than your photo.
Absolutely! Because of the professionalism of the backdrop, outfit, and general appearance of your shot, we recommend smiling so you don't come out as too "aloof."
Consider your smile to be a signal to faculty members that you are nice and easy to work with, and consider your clothes and backdrop to be signals to faculty members that you are highly professional, trustworthy, and take your career seriously.
If you're happy with your teeth, we recommend an open-mouthed smile; if you're not, we propose a closed-mouth smile. Simply avoid a solemn/stern look, and you'll be fine!
Check our blog about more ERAS tips guidelines