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Remote Resources & Guidance for EM-Bound Medical Students

Navigating the match is difficult in routine times - and the 2021 Match will be anything but routine, thanks to the coronavirus. This compilation of resources, tailored for EM-bound medical students, puts you one click away from the crucial websites, FAQs, calendars, and resources you need.

Note: View the PDF version (with embedded links) here.


  • May 1: USMLE Step 1, Step 2 CK, Step 3 & COMLEX Level 1, Level 2 CE, Level 3 resumed at some Prometrics sites
  • May 27: Access to VSAS/VSLO has resumed
  • June 8: ERAS 2021 Season begins
  • July 1: COMLEX Level 2 PE testing plan to resume [USMLE Step 2 CS has been suspended for 12-18 months]
  • 1: Applicants may begin submitting ERAS applications to residency programs
  • Oct 21: Residency programs may begin reviewing ERAS applications & MSPEs released to residency programs
  • Mar 3: NRMP Rank order list certification deadline
  • March 15-18: NRMP Match Week & SOAP → Date is unchanged from previous years
  • May 2021: Graduation!


May 27: Consensus Statement on the 2020-2021 Residency Application Process for U.S. Medical Students Planning Careers in Emergency Medicine In the Main Residency Match

Summary of the guidelines for EM-bound students:
Complete 1 - and only 1 - EM rotation at an EM residency program.

  • Students with access to home EM rotations should not seek away rotation.
  • Students who lack access to home EM rotations should seek 1 away rotation.

Only 1 EM clerkship SLOE needed.

  • Students are encouraged to request from their other letter writers to use the Non-EM SLOE formatted letter
  • CORD & CDEM are working on this! It looks like the tentative date is July 1.

12 EM residency interviews ideally, with a max of 17 interviews.

May 11: Coalition for Physician Accountability’s Work Group for the Class of 2021 released a report with recommendations:

  • Recommendation 1 - Away Rotations for Medical Students: away rotations are discouraged, except for:
    • Learners who have a specialty interest and do not have access to a home rotation in their school’s system
    • Learners for whom an away rotation is required for graduation or accreditation requirements
    • Individuals meeting these exceptions should limit the number of away rotations as much as possible
    • Students should consider geographically proximate programs, when appropriate, to meet learning needs
  • Recommendation 2 - Virtual Interviews: all programs commit to online interviews and virtual visits for all applicants
  • Recommendation 3 - The ERAS Opening for Programs & Overall Residency Timeline: delay opening of ERAS & release of MSPE
  • Recommendation 4 - General Communications: all stakeholders provide transparency, regular communication, consistency, & equity

May 11: Creation of a SLOE for non-EM letter writers & Updated eSLOE format (Tentative date for non-EM SLOE is July 1)

  • What is a SLOE? → Standardized Letters of Evaluation
  • Per a recent blog post, CORD & CDEM discussed reasonable expectations for away rotations/SLOEs for EM-bound students
  • The creation of a CORD e-SLOE committee was announced, with plans to create a SLOE-like format for non-EM letter writers to use for this application cycle, to update the current eSLOE format to reflect changes in light of the pandemic.
  • For this reason, medical students have been advised to hold off on asking for narrative letters of recommendation from other specialties, so that they could use the new templates



Emergency medicine



Other Specialties




Bridge to Emergency Medicine Curriculum - ALiEM

  • 8-week curriculum to transition from senior medical student to EM intern
  • Free

Clerkship Directors in Emergency Medicine Student Curriculum -  M3 Curriculum / M4 Curriculum/ PedsEM Curriculum

  • Three great curriculums created by CDEM for M3 & M4 students rotating through EM and Peds EM department
  • Free

EM Rotation - NEJM

  • Online rotation guide on EM
  • Free if you or your institution has a NEJM subscription, or 59$ students’ 1 year subscription

EM Clerkship Curriculum - AccessEmergency Medicine

  • 4-week curriculum covers the core topics of the emergency medicine clerkship.
  • $55 or Free with institution Access subscription

EM course - NextGenU

  • 4-week course
  • Free

EM Clerkship Virtual Simulation Experiences - Sidney Kimmel Medical College/Thomas Jefferson University

  • Emergency Medicine clerkship with virtual and simulation-based opportunities
  • Free curriculum, click Download Resource at the top

Evidence Based Medicine -  Lewis Katz School of Medicine

  • Evidence Based Medicine curriculum in the EM Clerkship
  • Free curriculum, click Download Resource at the top

Pediatric Emergency Medicine - Children’s National Hospital/GWU SMHS

  • 4-week Pediatric EM curriculum
  • Free curriculum, click Download Resource at the top

Asynchronous "Flexible" Elective - Keck School of Medicine of USC

  • 4-week asynchronous learning elective for emergency medicine-bound senior medical students
  • Free curriculum, click Download Resource at the top

Global EM, The Practitioner’s Guide to Global Health - Boston University edX

  • 2 week course
  • Free, or $50 if certificate is needed



Clinical Skills Training Modules & Videos

  • A comprehensive list on P.E maneuvers, advanced procedures, & skills, collected by Matthew J. Christensen, CMS Student Dean
  • Free

Database for Skill Demonstration Videos & Topics Pertaining to EM

  • EMRA Education Committee approved list of procedure videos showing proper and safe techniques
  • Free

Virtual Learning Applications

  • List of apps to enhance the med student curriculum, collected by Katelynn Baska, EMRA MSC NE Coordinator
  • Both free and paid resources listed


Society of POCUS

  • List of many FOAM-US Resources
  • Free

123 Sonography

  • Many Ultrasound courses
  • Free

ACP course

  • Membership is free for students


  • Ultrasound library
  • Free



ECG courses

  • Comparison of 20 ECG courses
  • Free FOAMed Resources at bottom


  • ECG Library
  • Free

EKG Academy

  • Lessons & Quizzes
  • Free


Touch Surgery

  • 200 simulations from 17 specialties
  • Free App

NEJM COVID-19 Treatment

  • Treatment Sim of Covid-19 patients
  • Free

Virtual Healthcare Experience

  • EM, Peds, Med-Surg, Psych, OB
  • Free

Full Code - Emergency Medicine Simulator

  • Complex clinical cases in a realistic 3D emergency room
  • Free App


  • Patient simulation program
  • Free

Simulab Curriculum Services

  • Ultrasound Guided CVC Curriculum
  • Free

SonoSupport Ultrasound

  • Clinical EM and critical care ultrasound reference tool
  • App is $9.99 


  • Anesthesiology - AccessAnesthesiology
    • 4-week Anesthesiology Clerkship Modules
    • $55 or Free with institution Access subscription
  • Critical Care - NEJM
    • Online rotation guide on critical care
    • Free
  • Dermatology - AAD
    • 2-week & 4-week Basic Dermatology Curriculum
    • Free (& LearnDerm - Free 5 interactive lessons)
  • Infectious Disease - IDmodules
    • ID curriculum on core topics with 14 modules
    • Free
  • Nephrology - NephSim
    • 2-week Nephrology Elective Course
    • Free curriculum, click Download Resource on top
    • 2-week Ob-Gyn Clerkship Remote Learning Plan
    • Videos- Free, uWISE subscription for quizzes- $69
  • Radiology - Benjamin Taragin, MD
    • 2-week Online Diagnostic Radiology curriculum
    • Free curriculum, click Download Resource on top


  • MS4 Expenses and Budgeting sheet: You may download this template I made here! Virtual interviews will surely affect it.
  • IRS Coronavirus Tax Relief and Economic Impact Payments
    • What is this? Due to the hardships presented by the coronavirus, Stimulus Payments are being issued by the IRS.
    • How much is the payment? $1,200 for individuals or $2,400 for married couples.
    • Why is this relevant to medical students? Many students who have been financially affected by COVID-19 have not taken advantage of this opportunity to apply for a stimulus check. It seems as though students either do not know they qualify for the payments or do not have the time to understand the requirements and application process.
    • Which requirements do I need to apply? Basically, there are 2 categories, Non-Filers and Filers.
    • Which category do I belong to? Non-Filers are those who did not file a tax return. Filers are those who did.

Most students are in the Non-Filers’ category, as we have no real income, sadly. Hence, we do not file taxes.

  1. Non-Filers requirements:
    • Have a Social Security Number
    • Have not been claimed as a dependent on another person’s 2019 tax return
    • Have no income or have a 2019 gross income that is not more than $12,200 ($24,400 if married)
      • If you meet these requirements, APPLY here.
      • Checks will be sent via direct deposit in approximately 3 weeks after submission.
  1. Filers
    • If you have already filed your 2018/2019 federal income tax return:

No further action is needed!  You should have received/will receive the check soon.

  • If you are planning to file your 2019 Federal income tax return:
    • Make sure you FILE & PAY your federal income taxes by July 15, electronically.
    • You do not have to file any additional forms to qualify for the automatic Federal tax filing and payment relief. Unless there are other issues, you will likely be able to receive the check via direct deposit, as well. For more information, click here.
  • How can I check on the status of my check? Go here and click Get My Payment.
  • Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act
    • What is this relevant to medical students? It is a federal law that provides automatic suspension of payments on student loans owned by the federal government and sets the interest rate at 0% from March 13 to September 30.
    • What do I need to do to apply? Nothing. Your federal student loan servicer will suspend all interest & payments.
  • ED to MED - How the CARES Act Affects Health Professions Students and Graduates: here
  • Coronavirus Resource Kit - compiled document including lists of regional resources and mutual aid efforts: here
  • Emergency Financial Resources to help with COVID-19 hardships: here
  • Funds for Coronavirus relief: here



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