Background : promoting diversity and inclusion has been a focus of many healthcare organizations, including ACEP and SAEM. Despite this focus, groups traditionally considered to be underrepresented minorities (URM) remain underrepresented among EM trainees. This presents unique challenges for applicants to emergency medicine (EM) who identify with an underrepresented group. The CORD Advising Students Committee in Emergency Medicine (ASC-EM) created a set of recommendations to guide URM students through the EM application process.
Objective : As an addendum to the Emergency Medicine Applying Guide, this guide aims to identify the unique challenges faced by URM applicants, identify best recommendations for navigating the application process and provide direction on mentorship for those guiding URMs in both medical school and residency.
Methods : We considered URM applicants to include Black, Hispanic, and Native American students in addition to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and others (LGBTQ+), those who have physical disabilities, and those who are from lower socioeconomic status. The target audience includes URM applicants and their advisors. These guidelines address key factors important to the URM experience in the preclinical years, EM audition rotations, Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) application, personal statements, interviews, and navigating program selection.