I was suprised this week when the FP residency I am rotating through this month inquired about my thoughts on accepting a 1st year position outside of ERAS. The chief resident stated that with 99% certainty I could get me a spot outside of the Match if I was interested. I spoke with one of the attending, who advised me that last year they signed 4 residents to contracts prior to the Match, and matched their remaining top 2 choices in the Match. I was also told this is last year for this ability to sign contracts prior to the Match. Has anyone else been blindsided with this? I thought no contracts were allowed outside of the Match anymore. My delemma is that I have another program which I would like better for family reasons, and the program with the potential offer is my second choice.