The 2025 Application Season opens June 5, 2024.

The Association of Program Directors for Colon and Rectal Surgery (APDCRS) requires the use of the Colon and Rectal Surgery Resident Assessment Application (formerly Standard Letter of Recommendation) for applicants to our residency programs.

APDCRS’ primary goal is to have more meaningful information included in the letter of recommendation.  Its secondary goal is to make the process of “writing” a letter of recommendation easier to accomplish in a timely manner.

If you are asked to write a letter of recommendation on behalf of an applicant, please note the following:

  1. Please visit the 2025 Residency Timeline for more information.
  2. The applicant must provide the letter writer with the assigned ERAS letter writer token.
  3. This token (unique letter/number combination) is required for a letter writer to upload the Resident Assessment application.
  4. Letter writers must download and complete the Colon and Rectal Surgery Resident Assessment Application. Alternatively the applicant may download it and send it to the writer for use. Letters which are not in this format will not be considered. Narrative letters which accompany the standard letter will not be considered. If it is sent, it will be deleted at the program level before it is circulated to program’s recruitment committees.
  5. The completed application must be uploaded through ERAS using the unique letter writer token.

Please contact the ERAS Helpline @ 202-862-6298 for any issues regarding ERAS.