EM Match Advice: COVID-19 and the 2020-21 Residency Application Season

Apr 04, 20
EM Match Advice: COVID-19 and the 2020-21 Residency Application Season

em match advice covid-19 residency applicationWith so much appropriate attention focused on getting frontline emergency providers with personal protective equipment in the COVID-19 era, one major overshadowed storyline is the uncertainty of the 2020-21 interview season for medical students applying into Emergency Medicine (EM). COVID-19 has thrown a wrench in the entire application season not only for medical students, but also medical schools, residency programs, and hospitals. The downstream effects of potentially canceling visiting (away) EM rotations and possibly even home EM rotations in the near term are dizzying. How does one obtain enough letters of recommendation? Should I even apply for visiting EM rotations? Fortunately, an experienced panel of EM program directors joins Dr. Michael Gisondi (Stanford) and Dr. Michelle Lin (UCSF) in discussing the thought processes, ongoing nuanced discussions, early available resources, and general mindset for the 2020-11 season.

Podcast: COVID-19 and the 2020-21 Residency Application Season



  • Dr. Charles Khoury (University of Alabama Birmingham)
  • Dr. Melissa Platt (University of Louisville)
  • Dr. Paul DeKoning (Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center)

Listen to all the episodes of the EM Match Advice Series

Resources on how COVID-19 affects EM-bound medical students

  1. Consensus Statement Regarding SLOEs and Away Rotations from the CORD Advising Students Committee in Emergency Medicine, 2020.[PDF]
  2. National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) Letter addressing frequently asked questions; April 1, 2020 [PDF]


Author information

Michelle Lin, MD

ALiEM Founder and CEO
Professor and Digital Innovation Lab Director
Department of Emergency Medicine
University of California, San Francisco

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