EM Match Advice: COVID-19 and the 2020-21 Residency Application Season

em match advice covid-19 residency applicationWith so much appropriate attention focused on getting frontline emergency providers with personal protective equipment in the COVID-19 era, one major overshadowed storyline is the uncertainty of the 2020-21 interview season for medical students applying into Emergency Medicine (EM). COVID-19 has thrown a wrench in the entire application season not only for medical students, but also medical schools, residency programs, and hospitals. The downstream effects of potentially canceling visiting (away) EM rotations and possibly even home EM rotations in the near term are dizzying. How does one obtain enough letters of recommendation? Should I even apply for visiting EM rotations? Fortunately, an experienced panel of EM program directors joins Dr. Michael Gisondi (Stanford) and Dr. Michelle Lin (UCSF) in discussing the thought processes, ongoing nuanced discussions, early available resources, and general mindset for the 2020-11 season.

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By |2020-04-20T19:46:54-07:00Apr 4, 2020|COVID19, EM Match Advice, Podcasts|

Match Day! Words of Wisdom for Life

lifeLast week, more than 2000 medical students were matched into medicine. We welcomed you, and also offered some advice for how to manage the heavy workload of intern year. For the second part of our resident match day series we will transition our focus from work to life. Intern year is a hectic and stressful time. There are a lot of new things to consider. How will you get your family settled in a new city? What are the next four years going to look like financially? How do you make time for your loved ones and keep your hobbies alive?

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By |2020-04-20T19:49:33-07:00Mar 27, 2020|EM Match Advice, Wellness|

Match Day! Words of Wisdom for Work

workCongratulations on matching into emergency medicine! We are glad to have you. The journey you are about to embark on will be equal parts grueling and rewarding. You will be pushed to your limits but you’ll see and do some amazing things along the way. Excelling at internship and residency and fulfilling your potential goes beyond taking good care of patients. You will be expected to thrive in work and life. In this 2-part blog series we will cover some basics for internship survival, including professional development, life logistics, and wellness. To begin, we will focus on work–from finding a mentor to managing your emails.

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By |2020-04-02T13:54:03-07:00Mar 20, 2020|COVID19, EM Match Advice, Wellness|

EM Fellowship Match Advice: Medical Education Fellowship

EM match advice medical education fellowshipOne of the more popular fellowships in Emergency Medicine (EM) is the Medical Education Fellowship. These fellowships come in 1- and 2-year formats and some also come with an advanced degree. What do typical medical education and medical education scholarship fellowships typically entail? What are the logistics and timing when you decide to apply? Hosted by Dr. Michael Gisondi (Stanford) and Dr. Michelle Lin (UCSF), this podcast with 3 esteemed fellowship directors help provide some much-needed guidance.

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By |2020-04-20T19:47:05-07:00Feb 28, 2020|EM Match Advice, Podcasts|

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.

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By |2020-04-20T19:46:55-07:00Dec 6, 2019|EM Match Advice, Podcasts|

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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By |2020-04-20T19:46:55-07:00Aug 18, 2019|EM Match Advice, Podcasts|