We are thrilled to hear that the first 3 Google Hangout videos for EM Match Advice were helpful for medical students, applying into EM. With interview season rapidly approaching in a few months (Nov-Feb), we gathered a few of our favorite program directors to discuss interviewing tips. Thanks again to Dr. Mike Gisondi for spearheading this innovative and helpful resource for medical students.

EM Match Advice: Interviewing Strategies


  • 00:00 Dr. Gisondi introduces the speakers. He briefly describes relevant articles in the literature on EM residency interviewing [1-5] with a mention of the multiple mini-interview (MMI), which was discussed on an ALiEM blog post and hangout.
  • 02:47  Dr. Babcock discusses deciding how many interviews to do and scheduling interviews.
  • 08:24  Dr. Babcock talks about how weather (such as a “polar vortex”) can disrupt the interview day/season. How to deal?
  • 09:34  Dr. Babcock comments on the pre-interview day social event.
  • 10:44  Drs. Lin, Regan, and Shayne weigh in on the importance of the social event.
  • 12:43  The panel shares how each of their programs set up the social event.
  • 15:04  The panel shares their thoughts about when’s the best time to schedule your interview.
  • 17:18  Dr. Shayne reminds students that they may do their interview while on their away rotation.
  • 18:15  Dr. Regan talks about what the actual interview day looks like.
  • 22:06  Dr. Regan shares the value/challenges of applicants meeting residents while on interview day.
  • 24:30  The panelists share what types of questions might come up on your interview day.
  • 28:43  Dr. Regan shares her tips for applicants when they are asked — “Do you have any questions?”
  • 33:34  Dr. Shayne kickstarts a conversation about professionalism regarding interview day — Is it ok to cancel an interview?
  • 37:43  Drs. Shayne and Gisondi clarify what the interview-offering process looks like from his perspective as a program director. Offering interviews to applicants is almost a one-and-done process. After that, not many more slots are left for the rest of the interview season [2].
  • 39:50  Dr. Gisondi asks the panel what applicants should do when they are in “wait-list limbo land” with only 4-5 interviews scheduled. Dr. Shayne weighs in.
  • 41:45  Dr. Shayne sets up the panel discussion about the issue of applicants being asked inappropriate interview questions and how to address them, if they happen [4].
  • 48:40  Dr. Lin shares a 2011 NRMP document about why a general recommendation is to interview at 10-14 programs [6].
  • 50:30  The panel sums up the do’s and don’ts of interview season.
  • 55:35  The panel shares something interesting about their residency program and why applicants should look at their program.


  1. Hopson LR, Burkhardt JC, Stansfield RB, Vohra T, Turner-Lawrence D, Losman ED. The multiple mini-interview for emergency medicine resident selection. J Emerg Med. 2014 Apr;46(4):537-43. PMID: 24462031.
  2. DeIorio NM, Yarris LM, Kalbfleisch ND. Early invitations for residency interviews: the exception or the norm? J Emerg Med. 2007 Jul;33(1):77-9. PMID: 17630083.
  3. Martin-Lee L, Park H, Overton DT. Does interview date affect match list position in the emergency medicine national residency matching program match? Acad Emerg Med. 2000 Sep;7(9):1022-6. PubMed PMID: 11043998.
  4. Hern HG Jr, Alter HJ, Wills CP, Snoey ER, Simon BC. How prevalent are potentially illegal questions during residency interviews? Acad Med. 2013 Aug;88(8):1116-21. PMID: 23807097.
  5. Collings J. Residency Interviews (PDF handout from Dr. Jamie Collings).
  6. Charting Outcomes in the Match, 2011: Characteristics of Applicants Who Matched to Their Preferred Specialty in the 2011 NRMP Main Residency Match (4th edition, PDF) and 2014 (5th edition, PDF)

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


Professor of Emerg Med at UCSF-Zuckerberg SF General. ALiEM Founder @aliemteam #PostitPearls at https://t.co/50EapJORCa Bio: https://t.co/7v7cgJqNEn
Michelle Lin, MD
Michael Gisondi, MD

Michael Gisondi, MD

Associate Professor and Vice Chair of Education
Department of Emergency Medicine
Stanford University
Editor, ALiEM EM Match Advice series
Michael Gisondi, MD


Vice Chair of Education, Department of Emergency Medicine, Stanford University 🌲🏳️‍🌈