Monday, March 13, 2017

"No Match" Day

Today applicants in the NRMP match find out if they successfully matched to a program. Unfortunately not every applicant with their sights set on Emergency Medicine received good news today. This post is to direct you towards help on what to do next:

For those without a match the SOAP process started at 11 am today and goes until Thursday, March 16th at 11 am.  


These two posts will guide you through the process of deciding what you should do now and planning your re-application:
The advice contained in the above posts will help you decide how best to spend the next year and what you should be considering when evaluating your options. 

Best of luck.



Monday, February 13, 2017

Rank List Resources

For students in the 2017 ACGME match your certified Rank List is due at 9 am on February 22.  There are lots of great resources to help you figure out how to put this together.  In this post we are going to connect you with a couple of those:

The EM Advisor comprehensive guide to creating your “perfect” Rank List.  This was updated last year by Tony Zhang, an Emergency Medicine Resident and member of the CORD Student Advising Task Force. Written by someone who recently went through this process and with recommendations supported by data and expert opinion of a group committed to increasing transparency in the match process and the quality of advising. A version of this guide is part of the CORD SATF Applying Guide to Emergency Medicine.

EMRA just published something with a similar goal: Creating the Perfect Rank Order List: Real Advice from Current EM Residents.  They used a different format to develop their recommendations, sending a survey to residents training in Emergency Medicine and drawing themes from those responses.  They do a nice job showing the variety of different viewpoints and approaches that can be taken in creating a Rank List. Definitely worth a read.

Creating your Rank List is your final anxiety-inducing task of your year long application process.  Once you get this done you can sit back and relax.

Best of luck!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year!... and on to the 2018 Match...

The 2017 Match is just a couple months away.  This post is for those planning to apply for Emergency Medicine in the 2018 Match. 

Like everything else in EM, advanced planning is the key to success in the Match. This post is the updated guide to the resources on this blog.

Throughout the year various authors contribute "Posts" that appear in reverse chronological order on the landing page.  Standard blog set-up.  

Down the right hand side of the web-page you will find a "Featured Post", a topic that we want to keep at the top even as other posts come up.  


Below that is a collection of static "Pages". These cover a variety of topics pertinent to the different stages of your application and contain general advice.  These are updated periodically to reflect changes in the Application and Match process. 
The most frequently viewed are:



Below the "Pages" are the collection of "Labels" - all the Posts on the site sorted by topic.  The most useful are linked across the top of the web-page, just below the header. These can help you find more on a specific topic.

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The advice you find on this blog is not one-size-fits-all. We try to reflect the consensus opinions of the membership of Clerkship Directors in Emergency Medicine (CDEM) and the Council of Residency Directors (CORD)but we do not speak for them. Nor does their membership always agree. When something is controversial, we try to address that controversy. We believe we are a source of sound, balanced, and accurate advice on becoming an emergency physician in the United States. We also have no doubt that you will find different opinions elsewhere. 

To help you sort through all of the differing opinions you may find, you need the guidance of a local EM advisor, in addition to your Dean. You need someone who knows the EM application process and can help you navigate issues specific to students from your school and region. If you cannot find anyone, or you need advice from a different region you can find help from residents who just went through this process provided by the EMRA mentorship program

Adam Kellogg is an Associate Residency Director and a previous Emergency Medicine Clerkship Director.  He is the past-chair of the CORD EM Student Advising Task Force and a member of the SAEM Resident and Student Advisory Committee. He has written for EM Resident about Diagnosing the Match