With 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.
Podcast: COVID-19 and the 2020-21 Residency Application Season
- Dr. Charles Khoury (University of Alabama Birmingham)
- Dr. Melissa Platt (University of Louisville)
- Dr. Paul DeKoning (Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center)
Resources on how COVID-19 affects EM-bound medical students
- Consensus Statement Regarding SLOEs and Away Rotations from the CORD Advising Students Committee in Emergency Medicine, 2020.[PDF]
- National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) Letter addressing frequently asked questions; April 1, 2020 [PDF]
Listen to the other EM Match Advice episodes.