So, ERAS asks for your birth place on the application--what exactly do they do with this information? I have heard it gives you an "in" at programs in the same region based on the assumption that you are more likely to go to that region because you have family there, but not everyone grows up where they were born. Has anyone just put down the city where they grew up in as their birth city to gain from this regional bias? Is that wrong? I have no ties to my birth city other than that it is where I was born and lived for 2 years, and I don't have any desire to match in that region.