EM Stud Podcast – Application Yellow Flags

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Do you have a Step 1 or Step 2 score that’s below your peers? Or perhaps you didn’t do so well on a 3rd year rotation, or had to take some time off in the middle of medical school? We consider these things yellow flags–not absolute deal breakers, but parts of your application that may stick out and require some explanation during an interview.

To gather some insight on how best to address these yellow flags, we’re joined by Drs. Sameer Desai (@sameermd1) and Jonathan Bronner (@Bronski_EM) from the University of Kentucky. For more information about their residency program, visit wildcatem.com.

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EM Stud Podcast – Backstories

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With interview season right around the corner, students all over the world are doing some serious reflecting on the perfect response to the inevitable question…

“Why did you choose Emergency Medicine?”

But it just doesn’t seem fair that they be the only ones to answer. So, we rounded up some friends, colleagues, and special guests and asked them to share the source of their inspiration.

A very special thanks to Drs. Michelle Lin, Salim Rezaie, Rob Rogers, Will Sanderson, Steve Carroll, Kevin King, and Bruce Bollinger for lending us their backstories.

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EM Stud Podcast – Four Letter Words: ERAS

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Only a few more days until ERAS application submissions begin! Make sure you review everything with a fine-tooth comb, cross all your i’s and dot all your t’s dot all your i’s and cross all your t’s. Your application needs to be accurate, complete, and professional. After all, it’s a representation of YOU!

For an overview of the process as well as some tips for success, we turned to Dr. Chris Woleben, Associate Dean for Student Affairs at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine in Richmond, VA.

 

Check out the AAMC’s Applying to Residencies with ERAS website for more information.

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EM Stud Podcast – AAMC Standardized Video Interview

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Word on the street is that the AAMC is piloting a brand new video interview process. So how will that affect your application, interview offers, and overall match success??

[Cue panic…]

Actually, it won’t.  This is a voluntary research project designed to see if video interviews might be helpful in the future. According to the AAMC,

In an effort to improve the transition to residency process, the AAMC has developed the Standardized Video Interview as an innovative tool to enable applicants to share a more holistic picture of themselves, beyond academic metrics, to add breadth and depth to their application, as well as to provide residency program directors with additional information to assess applicants. The pilot use of this tool is being conducted as a research study, designed to test the potential of this tool as an addition to the other tools currently available to applicants and program directors during the residency selection process. From June 27 – August 30, applicants to ACGME-accredited emergency medicine residency programs who volunteer for the study will be asked to respond to six questions on two ACGME competencies: professionalism, and interpersonal and communication skills. Although the interviews will be rated and scored, the information will be used for research-purposes only. Neither videos nor scores will be shared with residency programs. Residency programs will not know if an applicant has participated in the study. At the conclusion of the interview, applicants will be asked to complete a short survey.

If you’re still intrigued/paranoid after reading the paragraph above, listen to our latest podcast episode, featuring an interview with the executive vice president of the Association of American Medical Colleges, Dr. Atul Grover. More information is also available on the AAMC’s SVI Research Study website including FAQ.

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EM Stud Podcast – Personal Statements

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As I walked through the ED, the sight of an elderly woman clutching her chest suddenly gripped me with the insatiable need to cure all of mankind from heart disease once and for all…

No, that’s not it.

It was 4 am, and I was asleep in the call room with an endotracheal tube tucked beneath my pillow, ready to be inserted between the cords of hope and despair…

Hmm… that’s not quite right either.

Are you still stuck writing your personal statement? Not sure if it’s the right length, has the right content, or conveys the right overall message? Tune in to our latest episode on how to right write a solid personal statement.

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‘Residency Navigator’: Words of Caution

Doximity_SurveyYou may have seen or heard about the ‘residency navigator’ tool that Doximity put together. You might feel assured that the tool carries the stamp of US News & World Report.  We understand that choosing a residency program is intimidating and that you are looking for any help or guidance you can find.

However, please understand that Emergency Medicine has serious concerns about how Doximity’s rankings were created. This past Sunday, many EM faculty received an email from the website Doximity.com asking us to rank EM residencies by which we thought “offered the best clinical training.” We understand the goal of wanting to create a “list of the best” but unfortunately there are many problems with this survey.

  • There are no objective criteria that define what is meant by “the best.”
  • Faculty aren’t qualified to judge what is the best nationally. Most of us have knowledge of at most a few programs.
  • Many academic faculty opted out of participating in this survey. In fact, 9 of our national organizations signed a joint letter voicing our concerns about the methodology and the potential implications of this survey.

If you choose to view the results of the survey, we ask that you interpret the results with skepticism and caution. Each residency program has its unique strengths. You should find one that matches your needs and goals. Websites like EMRA Match can help with this, talk with your advisor or check out some of these resources.