Background: The application and match process in Emergency Medicine (EM) has undergone significant changes in the past few years, which can be difficult to navigate for students at schools without an associated EM residency program (orphan applicants). The Council of Residency Directors (CORD) Advising Students Committee in Emergency Medicine (ASC-EM) formed an advising group to develop, standardize, and disseminate consensus-based recommendations to guide prospective orphan EM applicants and their advisors
Objective: 1. Provide consensus advice and resources for “orphan” applicants to maximize their success in the ACGME match. 2. Equip faculty advisers with the knowledge and resources needed to provide high-quality advising to this population of students.
Methods: The ASC-EM orphan applicant advising group included Emergency Medicine residency faculty and residents. Best practice recommendations were derived from group consensus, NRMP data, existing literature, and advising resources.
Outcomes: This guide was posted on the Vocal CORD blog in November 2018 and has had over 1000 views since then exclusively from the blog. The guide will be housed on the CORD ASC-EM website and distributed over EM and Student Affairs listservs, as well as medical student symposia across the country. ASC-EM’s goal is to provide recommendations to orphan students and their advisors to help them better understand and prepare for the application process and succeed in matching into EM.