About Michelle Lin, MD

ALiEM Founder and CEO
Professor and Digital Innovation Lab Director
Department of Emergency Medicine
University of California, San Francisco

EM Match Advice: Deep Dive into the SLOE

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A high-stakes component in a medical student’s application for an emergency medicine (EM) residency is the Standard Letter of Evaluation, or SLOE. This is a standardized templated letter, written by an group (e.g. department) or faculty from an EM-residency program. This episode of EM Match Advice gives a behind-the-scenes peek into what letter writers are thinking and a deeper dive into the mechanics of the SLOE.


Panelists

  • Dr. Abra Fant (Northwestern University)
  • Dr. David Gordon (Duke University)
  • Dr. Michael Takacs (University of Iowa)

Resources

References

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    Boysen-Osborn M, Andrusaitis J, Clark C, et al. A Retrospective Cohort Study of the Effect of Home Institution on Emergency Medicine Standardized Letters of Evaluation. AEM Educ Train. 2019;3(4):340-346. doi:10.1002/aet2.10374
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    Love J, Ronan-Bentle S, Lane D, Hegarty C. The Standardized Letter of Evaluation for Postgraduate Training: A Concept Whose Time Has Come? Acad Med. 2016;91(11):1480-1482. doi:10.1097/ACM.0000000000001352
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    Beskind D, Hiller K, Stolz U, et al. Does the experience of the writer affect the evaluative components on the standardized letter of recommendation in emergency medicine? J Emerg Med. 2014;46(4):544-550. doi:10.1016/j.jemermed.2013.08.025
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    Jackson J, Bond M, Love J, Hegarty C. Emergency Medicine Standardized Letter of Evaluation (SLOE): Findings From the New Electronic SLOE Format. J Grad Med Educ. 2019;11(2):182-186. doi:10.4300/JGME-D-18-00344.1
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    Li S, Fant A, McCarthy D, Miller D, Craig J, Kontrick A. Gender Differences in Language of Standardized Letter of Evaluation Narratives for Emergency Medicine Residency Applicants. AEM Educ Train. 2017;1(4):334-339. doi:10.1002/aet2.10057
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    Pelletier-Bui A, Van M, Pasirstein M, Jones C, Rimple D. Relationship Between Institutional Standardized Letter of Evaluation Global Assessment Ranking Practices, Interviewing Practices, and Medical Student Outcomes. AEM Educ Train. 2018;2(2):73-76. doi:10.1002/aet2.10079
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    Hopson L, Regan L, Bond M, et al. The AAMC Standardized Video Interview and the Electronic Standardized Letter of Evaluation in Emergency Medicine: A Comparison of Performance Characteristics. Acad Med. 2019;94(10):1513-1521. doi:10.1097/ACM.0000000000002889
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    Miller D, McCarthy D, Fant A, Li-Sauerwine S, Ali A, Kontrick A. The Standardized Letter of Evaluation Narrative: Differences in Language Use by Gender. West J Emerg Med. 2019;20(6):948-956. doi:10.5811/westjem.2019.9.44307
2019-12-04T14:56:57-08:00

Guideline Review: 2018 IDSA Update on Influenza (Infographic)

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Did you get your flu shot? We hope so. Influenza season is upon us again and it is always helpful to review the latest 2018 Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA) update on the diagnosis and treatment of influenza.​1​ Notable is that influenza-confirmed patients who present within 2 days of symptoms who are deemed low risk do not automatically warrant antiviral treatment. The subsequent question then is who is high risk? The following infographic by our Guidelines Editor, Dr. Kelly Wong, summarizes the key take-home points for emergency medicine clinicians.

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2019-11-01T10:50:33-07:00

2019-20 ALiEM Deputy Editor in Chief, Dr. Luz Silverio

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With 1000+ posts over 10 years, we are thrilled to add 1 superstar to the ALiEM blog team. We officially announce Dr. Luz Silverio as our new Deputy Editor in Chief to help shape the direction and educational content of the blog. She graduated from the UCSF-SFGH Emergency Medicine Residency program, is an emergency physician at Kaiser Permanente at Santa Clara and a clinical assistant professor (affiliate) at Stanford University, hosts her own infrequently edited blog, Silverio Lining, has been a guest podcaster for EM:RAP and ERCast, serves as an Orthopedics Editor for DynaMed, and has had her watercolor artwork featured at the 2019 Essentials of Emergency Medicine. Don’t miss her talks at ACEP this year; some images from her talks are excerpted below. We are incredibly excited to follow Luz Silverio’s lead.

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2019-10-31T14:26:52-07:00

EM Match Advice: How to “Swipe Right” this Interview Season

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Applying for residency programs has often been compared to the modern world of dating. So in this 26th installment of the EM Match Advice series, we discuss finding the right-fit program for applicants using modern dating terminology. Join us in this fun and informative episode in navigating the residency match process.

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2019-10-09T17:09:10-07:00

EM Match Advice: Program Directors Reflect on the 2019 Residency Match

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The National Residency Matching Program® (NRMP) annually publishes data for the Residency Match. In this EM Match Advice episode, program directors reflect on the 2019 data for EM [PDF]. How competitive was emergency medicine (EM), especially given the transition period of having a single-accreditation system? Because it seems that EM remains modestly competitive, how many programs should one apply to and interview at? The below table outlines the data trends for 2011-2019.

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2019-08-18T11:38:49-07:00

New free P3 app: PECARN Publication Prospectus

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One of the gold standard for building and sustaining collaborative, multi-institutional research networks in medicine is the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN) organization. Their efforts on studying pediatric emergency care has resulted some of our specialty’s landmark papers in Lancet, New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA Pediatrics, and Annals of Emergency Medicine. Although we are not officially affiliated with them, we fully support their efforts and wanted to help disseminate their evidence-based findings with an educations. Thus was born the PECARN Publication Prospectus (P3) app project [download free P3 app].

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2019-07-19T20:59:00-07:00

Pediatric Point of Care Ultrasonography ALiEMU Course on Intussusception

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Our ALiEMU learning management system, which currently houses the AIR series, Capsules series, and In-Training Exam Prep courses, is ready to slowly open the doors to welcome external authors with high quality content. We are thrilled to welcome a UCSF-sponsored pediatric emergency medicine (EM) point of care ultrasonography (POCUS) series, led by Dr. Margaret Lin. The first course is on the intussusception scan, filled with multiple ultrasound scans showing normal variants and two different types of intussusception.

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2019-11-10T21:51:53-08:00