Medical Student and Advisor Resources

The documents below were produced by CORD committees & task forces. If you would like to have a document included, please email

For updated recommendations on away rotation numbers, interviews numbers and formats, etc. please see the CORD Joint Position Statements. 

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. 

General Advice for 2022-23 Application Year

Due to COVID-19 and the subsequent changes to the process of applying to residency, the recommendations for applying to EM do change somewhat each year. In addition to reviewing the guides provided, it is important that you consider the following: 

  • Students must complete the supplemental ERAS application by 5 pm on September 16, 2022.
  • ERAS will open for review by residency programs on September 28, 2022. 
  • EM rotations: The AAMC is not officially recommending restrictions on away rotations for this application cycle. However, per recommendations from EM organizations, for the 2022-23 application cycle most students should complete a maximum of 2 EM rotations. These can be your home rotation plus an away or possibly two away rotations if your medical school does not have access to a home rotation. 
  • EM residency interviews: All EM residency interviews will be conducted virtually in the 2022- 23 application year. In-person second looks are discouraged by AAMC as well as the EM organizations. 
  • Interview numbers: As in prior years, 10-12 interviews should be sufficient for most students. At-risk applicants may need more interviews. No student should need more than 17 interviews. 
  • CoPA recommendations can be found here: CoPA Link 2022-2023
  • AAMC recommendations can be found here: AAMC Application Recommendations 2022-2023
  • Consensus Statement from EM organizations can be found here: EM Consensus Statement  2022-23

ASC-EM Guides

We will be updating all guides for the 2022-2023 year. These new guides will take into consideration Step 1 becoming pass/fail and the CORD Joint Position statements regarding away rotations, preference signaling, etc. However, most of the advice will remain unchanged without drastic changes. These new guides will be posted as they are updated. 

EMRA and CORD Student Advising Guide: An Evidence-Based Approach to Matching in Emergency Medicine - this is a guide for medical students interested in applying for an Emergency Medicine residency. It serves as an initial resource for planning your fourth year and moves through the application process. Please supplement it with personalized advising from an academic EM advisor.

How To Navigate Virtual Interviews

How to Get an Away Rotation

No Match Monday: This guide is for those students who applied to Emergency Medicine and received notice that they did not match. The purpose of this guide is to explain the options students have after receiving notification they did not match. At the end of the guide, there is additional information for advisers in preparing at-risk students both ahead of the match and after an advisee goes unmatched.

No Match Monday Emergency Medicine Advising Guide: Program Directors EditionThis guide is for Emergency Medicine Program Directors who receive notice that their programs did not fill in the Main Residency Match.  The purpose of this guide is to explain and discuss how to participate in the Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program (SOAP).

Calling All EM Applicants: Post-Application, Pre-Interview Communication: Post-application, pre-interview communication is something applicants may consider prior to receiving interview invitations.  However, the communication needs to be done at the right time, for the right reason and sent through the appropriate channels.  Applicants should be aware that professionalism is measured by their communication with programs. 

Medical Student Planners - helps you plan your performance and activities in medical school starting from the first year.