Application Process Improvement Committee

CORD 2022-2023 Application & Interview Best Practices
*Newly Released, August 2022*
  • Read the CORD Application Process Improvement Committee Best Practices for the 2022-2023 Residency Application Cycle
  • Residency programs can indicate which guidelines they plan/do not plan to adopt here
  • Residency programs can indicate whether or not they will participate in the common interview release date (10/19/22 @6PM Eastern) here. Can view list of those programs participating here

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Current Chair:
 Melanie Camejo, MD 

Board Liaison: Laura Hopson, MD

The purpose of this task force is to improve the current state of medical student applications and the interview process for residencies and medical students.

For inquiries, questions, or comments about the committee, please send an e-mail to CORD staff.

Please visit https://community.cordem.org for more information. 


Current Goals & Objectives:

  1. Understand the current state of medical student applications and its effects on the interview process for residencies and medical students.
  2. Propose solutions that can be implemented by all programs to help improve the interview process for applicants and programs alike.  In areas where one solution may not fit all programs, provide several options to be implemented based on program needs.

Current Projects:

    • See above, but utilizing preference signaling (or program signaling) in the upcoming match and further researching the impact this has with the 2022-2023 application and match season
    • Implementing standards for the interview offer & acceptance process, including timing & methods of communication
    • Implementing virtual interviews for 2022-23 with in person second looks 
    • Performing an ongoing study of the impact & benefits of virtual interviews  and in person second looks
    • Explore centralized processes to facilitate evidence-based, specialty-specific limits on the number of interviews each applicant may attend
    • Utilize best available modeling & data to redesign the mechanics of the residency application process
  • Explore interest, advantages, disadvantages and feasibility in setting limits on the number of applications an EM applicant can submit or the number of interviews they could attend
  • Explore residency program and residency applicant needs and desires with regard to the residency application process

Accomplishments:

  • Utilizing and incorporating program signaling as part of the EM supplemental application 
  • Prevention of applicant interview double booking through the interview scheduler, Interview Broker
  • Development of EMATCH 
  • Publications:
    • Kiemeney M, Franzen D. Availability of Emergency Medicine Away Rotations. AEM Educ Train. 2020;5(2):e10487. Published 2020 Jul 1. doi:10.1002/aet2.10487
    • Pelletier-Bui A, Franzen D, Smith L, et al. COVID-19: A Driver for Disruptive Innovation of the Emergency Medicine Residency Application Process. West J Emerg Med. 2020;21(5):1105-1113. Published 2020 Aug 19. doi:10.5811/westjem.2020.8.48234
    • Huang RD, Lutfy-Clayton L, Franzen D, et al. More Is More: Drivers of the Increase in Emergency Medicine Residency Applications. West J Emerg Med. 2020;22(1):77-85. Published 2020 Dec 10. doi:10.5811/westjem.2020.10.48210
    • Hopson LR, Edens MA, Goodrich M, et al. Calming Troubled Waters: A Narrative Review of Challenges and Potential Solutions in the Residency Interview Offer Process. West J Emerg Med. 2020;22(1):1-6. Published 2020 Dec 14. doi:10.5811/westjem.2020.11.4970
  • Several CORD Academic Assembly Abstract & Didactic Presentations, yearly since the inception of task force/committee in 2017

EM Stud Podcast - Lutfy-Clayton L, Pelletier-Bui A.  (2018, May 23).  Episode 47. CORD Application Process Improvement Task Force [Audio podcast]. Retrieved from http://www.emstud.com/2018/05/23/ep47-cord-application-process-improvement-task-force/#.WwrygK2ZNE4