New Requirements for Emergency Medicine Applicants


About SLOE

SLOE is a standardized letter of evaluation that will become part of your Emergency Medicine residency application in the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). It was developed as a tool to provide a perspective on an applicant’s candidacy. SLOE represents overall perspective on what a candidate offers to a training program; including maturity, leadership, initiative, and professionalism. If you have completed Emergency Medicine rotations and clerkships, they will provide a SLOE that includes data from both rotations.

A SLOE is a very informative document to program directors when considering your application. The source and quality of an applicant’s letters will often make the difference between how many interviews they receive. Most students need to have a minimum of three letters, while some programs require four letters. Letters from a research mentor or an adviser can be also be included.


New Video Requirements for Emergency Medicine Program

The Association of American Medical Colleges is launching a pilot of their “Standardized Video Interview” (SVI) program for Emergency Medicine. This program was made a mandatory requirement for ERAS 2018 applicants, by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. The program directors will be closely reviewing video interviews when evaluating applications. The deadline for completing the video interview is July 31, 2017. Applicants planning to apply for ACGME Emergency Medicine programs are encouraged to purchase their ERAS token and register with MYERAS with enough time to complete the SVI process.

The Standardized Video interview is an innovative tool that enables candidates to share objective, performance based information about themselves, and also provide residency program directors with additional information. SVI is comprised of six questions, which can range from knowledge of professional behaviors, interpersonal, or communication skills. These interviews are sent to trained third party raters, and those scores are then provided to emergency medicine residency program directors to which the candidates have applied. These scores are standard, objective, and are combined with Standardized Letters of Evaluation and other data available within the ERAS application.