Advising Resources

Emergency Medicine: The Medical Student Survival Guide, 3rd Edition (2015)
Edited by Joseph S. Turner, MD, FACEP, and David Reid, DO

Some of the most well-known names in emergency medicine have teamed up with bright young stars and leaders in the field to present a concise, thoughtful approach to the final years of medical school, the Match process for emergency medicine, and beyond. Anyone considering a career as an emergency physician should begin their journey with this insightful book.

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CORD-Logo-GIF CORD Student Advising Task Force

The Council of Residency Directors in Emergency Medicine (CORD) has a Student Advising Task Force comprised of members from CORD, CDEM, and EMRA, which have collaborated to produce a number of resources for medical students including a medical student planner, an EM application guide, an application FAQ, and a curated list of advising resources for EM-bound medical students.
ALiEM-Logo-PNG Academic Life in Emergency Medicine: EM Match Advice

This series of Google Hangout videos, created and expertly facilitated by Dr. Michael Gisondi (@MikeGisondi) from Northwestern, features amazing panels of program directors from around the country, who have kindly volunteered their time to share their insights and expertise. In these videos, you get a sense of each panelist’s personalities while they provide behind-the-scenes advice and stories; a unique must-see for medical students interested in and applying into Emergency Medicine (EM). Keep a look out for more videos in the future!
David-Overton Advice for Emergency Medicine Applicants
David T. Overton, MD, MBA, FACEP
Western Michigan University School of Medicine

"This article is not intended only for applicants to my own program, but to anyone anticipating the emergency medicine application process. It may prove especially useful to students from schools without their own emergency medicine program or those who wish to obtain a second opinion about a specific topic."
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Adam Kellogg, MD and Lucienne Lutfy-Clayton, MD
Baystate Medical Center/Tufts University School of Medicine

This site is maintained by two associate EM residency program directors who have both formerly served as clerkship directors and currently serve on CORD's Medical Student Advising Task Force.
Denver-Health-Logo-JPG What to Look for in an Emergency Medicine Residency
Lee W. Shockley, MD, FACEP
Denver Health Residency in Emergency Medicine

An excellent outline of what to look for in a residency and what questions you should ask before deciding on a program.

Recommended Reading

Excellent articles for students about to begin their EM clerkships.

Creating a Curriculum Vitae


Financial Aid Toolkit

Information provided by the AAMC.

Your Roadmap to Residency

First and Second Year Pearls
Advice for 1st and 2nd Year Medical Students Interested in EM
ACEP Medical Student Resources

Third Year Pearls
Tips for Success as an MS3
Combined EM/IM Residency Training: Medical Student Perspectives
The Away Rotation: A Double-Edged Sword

Fourth Year Pearls
Preparing for a Successful Fourth Year of Med School
The Fourth Year Schedule
International Rotations for the Medical Student
Looking Your Best for Your Emergency Medicine Department
Reading For Your EM Rotation
How to Be a Superstar: EM Externships
Housing for Your Away Rotation
Picking a Residency: Letter to Students RE Doximity Survey
The Interview
Emergency Medicine Issues to Know for Your Interview
Disaster Plan: Understanding the Scramble

Charting Outcomes in the Match

This report is made available from the NRMP based on match results in previous years. "Twelve measures are incorporated in this report, including the number of contiguous ranks, the number of distinct specialties ranked, USMLE® Step 1 and Step 2 CK scores, and the numbers of research experiences, publications, and work and volunteer experiences. Data are reported separately for U.S. allopathic medical school senior students and all other applicants." Learn more.

Finding Away Rotations

SAEM Clerkship Directory
EMRA Wilderness Medicine Division - Student Electives
EMRA International Division - Student Electives
VSAS - Manual and List of Participating Schools
VSAS - Resources for Students
Clinical EM and Research for the Underserved - Scholarship and Externship (Denver Health)


EMRACast - Medical Student Advising Podcast

EMRACast is apodcast series recorded in 2010 specifically designed to help medical students maneuver the difficult maze of applying to emergency medicine. Just a few of the topics that will be covered include how to get a good letter of recommendation, how to shine during your EM rotation, and pearls and pitfalls of the interview. All this and much more will be brought to you by Rob Rogers from the University of Maryland. Local and national experts in EM medical student and residency education will offer their advice and opinions on how to succeed in medical school and beyond.

2.Episode 1 - Interviews
3.Episode 2 - Preparing Your Match List
4.Episode 3 - Student Panel

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