Wednesday, April 2, 2014

How to use this blog...

EM Advisor is a blog whose purpose is to collect resources and advice that are valuable to medical students interested in pursuing a career in Emergency Medicine.

The blog has a simple construction:

These are static resources intended to guide you through the process of choosing and matching in EM.  These are periodically updated with the best advice we can find.  Examples of topics covered are: Is EM right for me?, Preparation and Expectations for EM Rotations, and a whole series on the application process covering everything from "Where to apply" to "what are Red Flags".

These appear periodically on the main page and are intended to be a catch-all of information for students considering Emergency Medicine.  Some are advice posts: How competitive is your application?, How to give good presentationsHow to get procedures.  Others are recommendations of learning resources found in the world of Free Open Access Medical Education (FOAMed): the Flipped EM ClassroomEM Basic podcastAcademic Life in Emergency Medicine blog, to name just a few. The application process in EM is a cycle, so some posts provide timely (hopefully) updates and reminders on topics like InterviewsRank Lists, and the dreaded what to do if you don't match.

The advice and suggestions found in this blog are by no means definitive. What is presented here are the opinions of a small number of EM educators.  However, we do attempt to represent the commonly held opinions and consensus recommendations from the members of organizations like the EM Council of Residency Directors (CORD) and Clerkship Director's in Emergency Medicine (CDEM).  

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