The Match 2017-07-18T15:30:11+00:00

A Successful EM Match

Every part of medical school is an opportunity to prepare for a successful match. Emergency Medicine has become one of the most competitive specialties in the nation. As the competition for those few coveted spots have increased so too has the necessity to properly prepare yourself.  There is no one size fits all formula for a successful match. This is not a comprehensive list of what it takes to successfully match but more a few highlights and how to get that information during your remaining years as a student.

  1. Basics:
    1. #1 most important part of your residency application is arguably your SLOE (Standard Letter of Evaluation).
      1. Here is a great link about SLOEs:
        1. My only argument is that I feel you should have at least 2 of your 4 letters of recommendation be SLOEs
      2. These are standardized letters of evaluation specific to EM applicants.
  • They need to be completed by an EM residency program director or committee after/during an audition rotation.
  1. Do well on Step I/Level I and do better on Step II/Level II
    1. Your goal should be >national average.
    2. Most programs require around national average to even be considered as an applicant at their program.
  2. Plan to take COMLEX and USMLE
    1. The single accreditation is here. You will be competing directly with MD students for spots.
    2. Don’t sell yourself short by not taking USMLE.
  3. Personal Statement
    1. It should be personal. It should be interesting.
    2. Here are some questions to think about while writing your PS:
      1. What brought you to this profession?
      2. Outside of what’s on your application what have you done to prepare to enter this profession?
      3. What will you bring to this profession and/or your residency?
    3. National Organizations: Be a member, follow them on social media, and participate in their events:
      1. RSO: Resident Student Organization of the American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians –
      2. EMRA: Emergency Medicine Resident Organization (an affiliate of the American College of Osteopathic Emergency Medicine) –
  1. Stay up to date on the basics and latest EBM of the profession:
    1. Podcasts:
      1. EM:RAP – free with EMRA membership and has its own app.
      2. EM: Basic – basics in EM care. Great resource to prepare for rotations/auditions in the ED.
      3. EM: Crit – Critical Care and Airway medicine.
      4. EM Overeasy – a fun podcast on the outlying aspects of life as an EM doctor/resident/student.
  1. Blogs:
    1. LIFL: Life in the Fastlane
    2. Taming the SRU
    3. ALiEM: Academic Life in EM
  1. Interviews and Auditions:
    1. Be humble (especially if you have previous experience in the ED). Never try to outshine a resident or attending.
    2. Be interested and engaged, but not annoying.
    3. 15 mins early is on time, on time is late, and late is unacceptable.
    4. Be genuine, kind, and look for any opportunity to be an asset to the team (get a patient water, do chest compressions, help out a nurse, etc.).
    5. Don’t forget about the follow up. If you see something interesting or new read up on it and talk to your attending about it the next day. Follow up on interesting cases you saw from the day before and see how they are doing whether in person or through the EHR.
  1. For a more detailed outline that takes a year by year approach to preparing for a successful match follow this link: pgs: 28-31