A high-stakes component in a medical student’s application for an emergency medicine (EM) residency is the Standard Letter of Evaluation, or SLOE. This is a standardized templated letter, written by an group (e.g. department) or faculty from an EM-residency program. This episode of EM Match Advice gives a behind-the-scenes peek into what letter writers are thinking and a deeper dive into the mechanics of the SLOE.
- Dr. Abra Fant (Northwestern University)
- Dr. David Gordon (Duke University)
- Dr. Michael Takacs (University of Iowa)
Listen to all the episodes of the EM Match Advice Series
- FAQ on SLOE for medical students (CORD website)
Boysen-Osborn M, Andrusaitis J, Clark C, et al. A Retrospective Cohort Study of the Effect of Home Institution on Emergency Medicine Standardized Letters of Evaluation. AEM Educ Train. 2019;3(4):340-346. doi:10.1002/aet2.10374
Love J, Ronan-Bentle S, Lane D, Hegarty C. The Standardized Letter of Evaluation for Postgraduate Training: A Concept Whose Time Has Come? Acad Med. 2016;91(11):1480-1482. doi:10.1097/ACM.0000000000001352
Beskind D, Hiller K, Stolz U, et al. Does the experience of the writer affect the evaluative components on the standardized letter of recommendation in emergency medicine? J Emerg Med. 2014;46(4):544-550. doi:10.1016/j.jemermed.2013.08.025
Jackson J, Bond M, Love J, Hegarty C. Emergency Medicine Standardized Letter of Evaluation (SLOE): Findings From the New Electronic SLOE Format. J Grad Med Educ. 2019;11(2):182-186. doi:10.4300/JGME-D-18-00344.1
Li S, Fant A, McCarthy D, Miller D, Craig J, Kontrick A. Gender Differences in Language of Standardized Letter of Evaluation Narratives for Emergency Medicine Residency Applicants. AEM Educ Train. 2017;1(4):334-339. doi:10.1002/aet2.10057
Pelletier-Bui A, Van M, Pasirstein M, Jones C, Rimple D. Relationship Between Institutional Standardized Letter of Evaluation Global Assessment Ranking Practices, Interviewing Practices, and Medical Student Outcomes. AEM Educ Train. 2018;2(2):73-76. doi:10.1002/aet2.10079
Hopson L, Regan L, Bond M, et al. The AAMC Standardized Video Interview and the Electronic Standardized Letter of Evaluation in Emergency Medicine: A Comparison of Performance Characteristics. Acad Med. 2019;94(10):1513-1521. doi:10.1097/ACM.0000000000002889
Miller D, McCarthy D, Fant A, Li-Sauerwine S, Ali A, Kontrick A. The Standardized Letter of Evaluation Narrative: Differences in Language Use by Gender. West J Emerg Med. 2019;20(6):948-956. doi:10.5811/westjem.2019.9.44307
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