For all you M3s out there, now is the time to start getting ready for the EM residency application season!
To do list:
- Find and meet with an advisor, preferably someone trained in EM and familiar with the EM residency application process
- Start looking into residency programs and take note of program-specific application requirements
- Consider doing an away EM rotation in addition to your home rotation and contact schools to apply for a spot
- Discuss with your advisor when it’s best for you to take Step 2 and aim for a higher score than on Step 1
- Consider where you’ll need to get letters of recommendation or SLOEs (usually at least 2 from EM faculty + maybe one or two from outside of EM)
- Keep working on getting those honors/A+’s on your M3 rotations!
- Start writing your CV and personal statement
Links and References
1. Crane JT, Ferraro CM. Selection criteria for emergency medicine residency applicants. Acad Emerg Med. 2000;7:54-60.
2. Lotfipour S, Luu R, Hayden SR, Vaca F, Hoonpongsimanont W, Langdorf M. Becoming an emergency medicine resident: a practical guide for medical students. J Emerg Med. 2008;35(3):339-44.
3. Green M, Jones P, Thomas JX. Selection criteria for residency: results of a national program directors survey. Acad Med. 2009;84(3):362-7.
4. Breyer MJ, Sadosty A, Biros M. Factors Affecting Candidate Placement on an Emergency Medicine Residency Program’s Rank Order List. West J Emerg Med. 2012;13(6):458-62.
5. Hayden SR, Hayden M, Gamst A. What characteristics of applicants to emergency medicine residency programs predict future success as an emergency medicine resident?. Acad Emerg Med. 2005;12(3):206-10.