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Emergency Medicine

Emergency Medicine Residency Questions

What advice would you give about getting letters of recommendation in your specialty?

See resources.

What is the value of doing audition rotations in your specialty?

Critical and mandatory prior to getting an interview.

To what extent does research, publications, or presentations affect one’s ability to match in your specialty?

Less than others and not mandatory.

Is a Step 2CK score needed before you will invite someone for an interview?

Not mandatory unless Step 1 is <220.

What does the perfect applicant look like in your specialty?

See resources. 

Does having a below average Step 1 score doom you in your specialty?

<200, not advised to pursue EM; <210, pursue EM with a backup plan; <220, pursue EM but at risk for not matching (Performance in EM Acting Internship and Step 2 will change risk)

Would you ever take someone with a Step 2CS failure?

Extremely unlikely.

Does a student need to Honor in your specialty in order to match?


The students have significant elective time during their 2nd and 3rd year for career exploration.

What electives would you recommend to a student who knows they are interested in your specialty?

EM, Neuro, ICU, Ortho, ENT, Anesthesiology, Ophtho.

What electives would you recommend to a student who is undecided but considering your specialty?


Is there anything else I haven’t asked that you feel an applicant to your specialty ought to know?

See resources.

Emergency Medicine Residency Data

Length of Training: 3

Mean USMLE Step 1 score = 233
Mean USMLE Step 2 CK score = 247

Mean number of programs applied to: 50.6

Programs: 167

Match: NRMP Main Residency Match

Program Interview Invites (%): Completions (%):
Before Oct. 1 6 2
October 60 10
November 21 36
December 8 34
January 4 18

Average hours worked per week: 46.4

Sources: NRMP; AAMC
Updated: 01-2019


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