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EM Match Advice: The Standardized Video Interview

standardized video interview on EM Match Advice seriesIt is not very often that the ERAS application process for residency positions changes from year to year. In 2018, there is going to be a new component added – the Standardized Video Interview (SVI) launched by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). All EM applicants in the 2018 application season are required to complete this interview during June 6 – July 31, 2017. Because it is such a new process, we invited key various stakeholders to the virtual table. The discussion was hosted by Drs. Michael Gisondi (Stanford) and Michelle Lin (UCSF/ALiEM).

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Panelists

  • Mrs. Renee Overton: Senior Director, Residency & Fellowship Program Solutions (AAMC)
  • Dr. Rebecca Bavolek: EM Program Director (UCLA-Olive View EM residency)
  • Dr. Rahul Patwari: Assistant Dean (Rush Medical College) and CDEM President

Listen to all the episodes of the EM Match Advice Series

Update July 1, 2021: The Standardized Video Interview is no longer a required element for the EM residency application.

By |2021-07-01T10:30:22-07:00Jun 3, 2017|EM Match Advice, Podcasts|

Our “User’s Guide to the EM Match Advice Web Series” is published in WestJEM

user's guide to the EM Match Advice Series

It’s that time of year again… when the sun is shining, the flowers are in bloom… and new senior medical students are preparing for next year’s Match.

Emergency Medicine (EM) remains a very popular specialty choice. EM enjoys a 99% annual fill rate in the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) Main Residency Match, with approximately 80% of positions going to U.S. allopathic senior medical students. Students seek many sources of career advice when preparing for their EM clerkships and the residency interview process. Unfortunately, career advice often comes from near-peers and medical school faculty members in other specialties, rather than EM residency directors and clerkship directors. Given the variable quality of information offered as ‘career advice,’ students can be left with inaccurate and confusing opinions about how to assess their candidacy and compete in the Match.

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By |2020-04-20T19:46:59-07:00May 17, 2017|EM Match Advice, Podcasts|

EM Match Advice Series: Advice for the Non-EM Resident Applying To EM

Match season came to a close last month – and with that, some 17,000 U.S. medical school seniors earned a PGY-1 position. Most will go on to complete these programs and have happy, successful careers in their chosen specialty. But for a small number, second thoughts will creep in during residency. Maybe a life event changes the way a resident looks at his or her role in providing care; or perhaps exposure to another specialty – EM for example – occurred late in the fourth year of medical school. For these atypical applicants, there is a dearth of resources to help guide a re-match, if you will, and no guide for navigating the policies and politics associated with changing one’s mind.

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By |2021-07-01T10:32:08-07:00Apr 5, 2017|EM Match Advice, Podcasts|

Wellness and Resiliency During Residency: Debriefing Critical Incidents and podcast

debriefing critical incidents (c) Can Stock Photo / joggi2002“One of the residents that I was working with was yelled at once by somebody else because he had cried while giving a family bad news. I think everyone knows when you’re giving them bad news; it’s not like a big secret. You maintaining a great deal of composure doesn’t change that fact. I think that we’re allowed to be human. If we force ourselves not to be human or have any degree of human emotion, that’s obviously not putting us on the path to wellness and certainly if we force other people not to be human that’s not putting either them or us on the path to wellness.”

—Ilene A. Claudius, MD

Breaking bad news to patients and families is a fact of life for an emergency physician. More than 300,000 patients die in emergency departments each year from either traumatic or nontraumatic cardiopulmonary arrest, and an even greater number are diagnosed with a new life-threatening or life-altering illness, such as cancer, stroke, or traumatic brain injury.1 We stand at the front lines for these patients and families when they are first confronted with death or their own mortality. It is up to us at these moments, not their specialists or family physicians, to comfort and support them in a time of need. While intensely fulfilling at times, this type of demanding emotional support can also be incredibly draining in an environment that never sleeps and never stops moving.

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By |2020-04-20T19:39:45-07:00Jan 25, 2017|Podcasts, Wellness, Wellness Think Tank|

EM Match Advice: Is Emergency Medicine right for you?

In this tenth installment of the EM Match Advice series, we go back to the beginning. As a medical student, how does one know if emergency medicine is the right career choice? Is it all guts, glory, and excitement? Are ONLY working 28 hours per week? Listen to this fascinating discussion with our panelists, facilitated by Dr. Michael Gisondi (EM Program Director at Northwestern). The panelists include Dr. Michele Dorfsman (PD at University of Pittsburg), Dr. Brian Levine (PD at Christiana Care), Dr. Larissa Velez (PD at UT Southwestern), and Dr. Michelle Lin (ALiEM/UCSF).

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Questions that we tackle include:

  • Why did YOU decide to go into EM?
  • What are some stereotypes and myths about the EM career?

Listen to all the episodes of the EM Match Advice Series

By |2021-07-01T10:33:21-07:00Sep 7, 2016|EM Match Advice, Podcasts|

‘Treat and Release’ after Naloxone – What is the Risk of Death?

NaloxoneOften in the prehospital setting, naloxone is administered by EMS (or possibly a bystander) to reverse respiratory and CNS depression from presumed opioid overdose. The patient then wakes up, and not uncommonly, refuses transport to the hospital. The question is: Is it safe to ‘treat and release?’ Or, rather, what is the risk of death associated with this practice.

Last updated: January 2, 2019

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ALiEM Bookclub: Beyond the ED – Recommendations by Dr. Mike Gisondi

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
– Dr. Seuss

Dr. Mike Gisondi is the program director of the Northwestern Emergency Medicine Residency as well as a leader in medical education, faculty development, and palliative care. He has been recognized both locally and nationally for his work, receiving the 2014 ACEP National Emergency Medicine Faculty Teaching Award as well as being appointed as the director of the Feinberg Academy of Medical Educators (FAME). For readers of ALiEM he is probably best known as the host of the EM Match Advice Series. Most importantly, for those of us whom he has directly touched, we know him for his caring, support, wit, and depth of thought. We are excited to have Dr. Mike Gisondi share his book recommendations.

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By |2020-04-20T19:47:11-07:00Aug 7, 2016|Beyond the ED, Book Club, Podcasts|
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