Below are answers to some frequently asked questions regarding the CORD Standardized Letter of Evaluation (SLOE) from Medical Students.
Q: Do I qualify for SLOE?
YES: You a current medical school student
NO: Only current medical school students should have a SLOE completed. Non-medical students such as faculty, returning to medicine, rotating through EM after completing another residency, should complete TWO, up to four, Letters of Recommendation. Because you are NOT a current student, you cannot be compared to your peers. Unanswered questions on a SLOE can do more harm than good.
Q. How do I request a SLOE from my letter author?
A. To request a SLOE, please send your letter author the ERAS Letter Request Form (that should include your ERAS Letter ID), and the SLOE website link (www.cordem.org/sloe), which has instructions for completing the Form and information on eligibility requirements.
Q. Who can complete a SLOE?
A. A SLOE may be completed by the Emergency Medicine Faculty from an Emergency Medicine Residency Program.
Q. Please define Emergency Medicine Faculty?
A. We define Emergency Medicine Faculty as a faculty member of an Emergency Medicine residency program.
Q. My Letter Author is not faculty for an Emergency Medicine residency program, is there an alternate version of the SLOE?
A. There are 2 alternate versions of the SLOE currently available. 1. For Authors who do not have an established emergency medicine residency program at their institution BUT regularly have medical students complete rotations and monitor and/or supervise multiple students OR 1. For Authors from a subspecialty rotation. More information on the different versions of the SLOE as well as eligibility information for authors can be found at www.cordem.org/sloe. If your author does not fit into any of the categories they will need to complete a regular letter of recommendation.
Q. Can I create a login for the eSLOE site?
A. Access to the eSLOE site is only available to SLOE authors.
Q. I am a medical student applying in emergency medicine, I want to make it easier on my SLOE writer to access the eSLOE. Can you create a login for my SLOE writer and give it to me or send it to them?
A. No, if the person writing your SLOE is faculty for an emergency medicine residency program they can contact their program director about creating their login. If they are not faculty of an emergency medicine residency program but still feel they are eligible to complete a SLOE they need to contact the CORD office. We will not release login information or accept requests to set up an account for someone else.
Q. How does my letter author get access to the SLOE site?
A. Your letter author will need to contact CORD for more information.
Q. Does my authors SLOE automatically upload to my ERAS file?
A. No, at this time we do not have access to automatically upload to ERAS. We do hope to add this functionality in the future.
Q. What does my author do with my SLOE once it is written?
A. Your letter author will need to download the PDF created for the completed SLOE from the eSLOE site and upload the eSLOE PDF to your ERAS file.
Q. How does my letter author upload my SLOE to ERAS?
A. Instructions for uploading a SLOE to a student's ERAS file can be found on the ERAS website. Uploading a SLOE is exactly the same as uploading a Letter of Recommendation. Click here to view instructions from the ERAS site.
Q. Can I have the eSLOE in word format?
A. No, the new SLOE is only available on the new eSLOE website. This is to ensure uniformity in the SLOE and that the SLOE is being completed by the proper faculty. (Alternate SLOEs are only available in PDF format)
Q. Can I use an old SLOE template if I have them completed earlier?
A. Each program will decide what they will or won't accept. It is in your best interest to have a new SLOE completed but this is entirely up to you.