New this year!
The SLOR was developed by CORD to provide a global perspective on an applicant’s candidacy for resident training. ONLY Emergency Medicine Faculty may complete a SLOR.
As you complete this SLOR please keep in mind that the SLOR was developed with the intention of being 1
Consequently, it is very important that you refrain from changing the template, strive to keep your comments short/to the point and make every effort to avoid grade inflation. To do otherwise is to detract from the effectiveness of the SLOR.
A well written SLOR provides an overall perspective of what the individual candidate offers to a training program. As such, a candidate may score “Very good (middle 1/3)” or “Good (lower 1/3) in any given category and still be very competitive for training. Strive to place their overall potential in perspective in the written comments section including an explanation of any low scores you provide.
Several other issues to keep in mind include: (1) Please answer every question asked in this template, each is important in providing an appreciation of the candidate, (2) Avoid reiterating information that can be found elsewhere in the application and (3) If you feel it is important to describe your program’s clinical rotation to better understand the applicant’s performance, please do so on a separate page attached to the SLOR.
Important changes are anticipated in the SLOR over the next few years. Please make it a priority to review these instructions/guidelines annually to keep up to date with the changes being made. For authors who are new to the process, we encourage you to seek mentorship from faculty with experience within your program or the Chair of the SLOR Task Force before completing this form!
Also available is the document Bibliographic Citation Guidelines for EM Residency Applicants. Please copy and share these guidelines with anyone interested in applying to emergency medicine residencies. Applicants are requested to provide a signed copy of this form with their completed application.
A few other housekeeping notes for each program as their faculty prepare for the upcoming season…….
Additional resources can be found at the ERAS/AAMC web site.
1. Keim SM, Rein JA, Chisholm C et al. A Standardized Letter of Recommendation for Residency Application. Academic Emergency Medicine 1999;6:1141-1146.
If you experience problems when downloading and would prefer to receive the document via email please contact the CORD office by phone at 888-444-2090 or 972-550-0912 or email at email@example.com. If you have questions about the content of the form please contact Dr. Jeff Love at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any comments, suggestions, or questions for revision of the Standard Letter of Recommendation, please send an e-mail to Dr. Love.