A significant requirement for applying into the emergency medicine residency program is a Standardized Letter of Evaluation. The standardized letter of evaluation is developed as a tool to provide a perspective on an applicant's candidacy. It sheds light on what a candidate has to offer during the training. Factors considered include maturity, leadership skills, innovation, initiative, and level of professionalism. Upon completion of Rotation and Clerkship in Emergency Medicine, you will be issued a Standardized Letter of Evaluation (SLOE) bearing data from both rotations.
Directors of residency programs consider the SLOE a critical document because it bears much information about the capabilities of the applicant. How qualitative and informative your application is, will determine whether or not you will get an interview. At least three letters are required for most students – although some programs may ask for four letters. You may also include letters from your advisors and research supervisors.
A standardized video interview program has been launched by the Association of American Medical Colleges. The program is a prerequisite for all ERAS 2018 applicants, by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. The video tool encourages the sharing of information, ideas, and objectives by the .candidates. Directors of residency programs are also provided with additional relevant information
The standardized video interview consists of 6 questions covering professionalism, communication skills, and an interpersonal relationship among others. Responses to these interviews are sent to external examiners who then provide scores based on the candidate's performance. The scores are forwarded to the directors of the emergency medicine residency programs. The scores are then combined with the candidate's SLOE and other available information contained in the ERAS application.