Background : The American Board of Emergency Medicine, in cooperation with the American Board of Medical Specialties, has approved 5 combined training tracks within emergency medicine (EM). Students applying to these specialties find limited resources or advice available to them. The Council of Residency Directors (CORD) Advising Students Committee in EM (ASC-EM) created advising recommendations to guide prospective applicants and their advisors through the nuances and details of the application process.
Objective : 1. Educate applicants and advisors about the options for dual accredited training within emergency medicine 2. Provide data driven and consensus-based advice for prospective applicants who wish to pursue a dual accredited specialty. 3. Provide faculty the knowledge to guide this unique applicant population
Methods : The CORD ASC-EM developed guidelines to help students and their advisors with the application process for the EM dual accredited specialties. Existing advising resources, National Resident Matching Program data, recent CORD research data, and group consensus from dual accreditation program leaders were utilized. This resource will be distributed to students, advisors, and residency leaders via the CORD website, listservs, and the Vocal CORD blog.
Outcomes : The dual accredited community in emergency medicine is small and a majority of EM residencies do not have dual accredited teaching faculty. Educating students and advisors about the options for dual training will encourage students whose career goals may match up with a combined specialty. The CORD ASC-EM developed a resource to fill this need and provide guidance for those interested in the combined EM specialties.