Residency

Coalition makes recommendations for residency application cycle

Residency Program Insider, May 26, 2020

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The COVID-19 pandemic has already altered how medical students are trained and may require changes to the residency application cycle for the class of 2021, says the Coalition for Physician Accountability.

The coalition, which consists of national organizations that are stakeholders in the education and assessment of medical students and physicians, suggests changes to the final year of medical school and residency selection in the following areas:

  • Away rotations: The coalition discourages these rotations due to travel restrictions. The exceptions being students who require away rotations as a requirement of graduation or accreditation, or those with an interest in a specialty that their schools’ systems cannot provide clinical experiences in.
  • Application timeline: Due to possible delays students may experience in being able to take licensing exams, as well as their school’s preparation of their medical student performance evaluations, the coalition suggests delaying when residency programs can access applicant information via the Electronic Residency Application Service.
  • Residency interviews and campus tours: The coalition recommends that these be conducted virtually.


Source: AMA



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