Application Process Improvement Committee

NEW: Emergency medicine (EM) will be participating in preference signaling (aka program signaling) as a pilot in the 2022-2023 residency application cycle through the ERAS Supplemental Application. To learn more, please visit the Preference/Program Signaling (PS) in Emergency Medicine page. 


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 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:

  • Address the Coalition for Physician Accountability Preliminary Recommendations with regard to the residency application process, including but not limited to:
    • Implementing standards for the interview offer & acceptance process, including timing & methods of communication
    • Implementing virtual interviews for 2021-22 
    • Performing an ongoing study of the impact & benefits of virtual interviews  
    • 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 the potential implementation of Preference Signaling within the emergency medicine residency application process
  • Explore new metrics that could be incorporated into the residency application process (situational judgment testing, grit scores, social intelligence scores, etc)
  • 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


  • 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
CORD 2021-2022 Application & Interview recommendations

*Newly Released, September 2021*

  • Read the CORD Application Process Improvement Committee Recommendations for the 2021-2022 Residency Application Cycle
  • View Residency Program Adoption of CORD APIC Recommendations
  • Residency programs can indicate which guidelines they plan/do not plan to adopt here.
  • View Residency Program Participation in Common Interview Release Date (10/20/21 @ 6:00 pm) Here
  • Residency programs participating in the common interview release date can indicate so here