Sep 25, 2020
Host: Dr. Isaac Agboola, MD, MS
Guest: Dr. Zach Jarou, MD,
Overview: On this episode, Dr. Agboola and Dr.
Jarou venture into the oftentimes convoluted task of applying to
Emergency Medicine residency. They discuss common pitfalls and
misconceptions, giving evidence-based advice on how to increase
success in applying whether it be to a community or educational
setting. This episode is primarily geared towards medical students
applying as well as advisors for these individuals.
- Program Director Interview Series - Various PD’s give an inside
look into what they are looking for in an applicant for their
- Plan your application based on your personal
- You are probably applying to more programs than you need
- When it comes to away rotations, rotate in an environment that
is the best for you, given what you want to get out of
- The three-year vs. four-year program discussion should be less
about the training time and more about how that particular program
is structured, but most importantly about how it can help you to
achieve your goals long term.
- Statistically speaking the things that have been shown to be
most important to applicants are: (1) Geography, (2) Practice
Environment, (3) Step 1 cutoffs, and (4) Time (shift length/shift
amount, three years vs. four years).
- Applicants that are IMG, DO, or other special circumstances
should take careful consideration when applying.
- An average applicant (i.e., average board scores, SLOEs,
research experiences) should be applying to approximately 30
- There is no perfect equation for success in the Match; it’s
important that you meet with trusted advisors and find a plan that
best suits you and your competitiveness.