Instructions for Authors: This form is for Authors who are practicing emergency physicians without an established emergency medicine program at their institution. (Updated for the 2020-2021 academic year)
For authors who are new to the process, we encourage you to seek mentorship from CORD before completing the SLOE.
Before you write a SLOE, you will need to: (if applicable)
This instrument was developed to provide a global perspective on an applicant’s candidacy for training by providing meaningful comparisons to peers applying for training in emergency medicine. Please keep this in mind as you complete the SLOE. The link to the Form is available for download after instructions.
The SLOE was developed to be1
Please refrain from changing the template, keep comments succinct and relevant, and make every effort to avoid grade inflation in your comparisons so as not to detract from the effectiveness of your SLOE.
A well written SLOE provides an overall perspective on what an individual candidate offers to a training program. It is unique in its ability to provide comparative data to peers in addition to important information regarding the distinguishing non-cognitive characteristics (e.g. Maturity, professionalism, leadership, compassion, initiative, enthusiasm) that an applicant possess.
Each year the pool of candidates applying to emergency medicine is very competitive. As such, applicants “at the level of peers (middle 1/3)” should be viewed as a positive evaluation and “below the level of peers (lower 1/3)” also describes a candidate who will likely match.
In addition to the applicant’s non-cognitive qualities, the written comments should include an explanation of areas that need attention or any low scores you provide. Keep in mind that training programs vary in the attributes they value in a successful candidate.
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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.
As envisioned by the original SLOR Task Force, this instrument “remains flexible and reflective of membership opinion”. Please contact the CORD office (firstname.lastname@example.org) or any task force member with any suggestions you may have. Additional resources can be found at the ERAS/AAMC web site.
If you experience problems when downloading contact the CORD office by phone at 888-444-2090 or email at email@example.com.
For more information regarding the standardized letters: