New Requirement for EM for the 2018 Match :  The Standardized Video Interview


Since you're the "selfie"-generation and like recording yourself on your cellphone a new requirement has been added for the Emergency Medicine Application for residency... the Standardized Video Interview!


Please note that while this is being piloted with Emergency Medicine Programs, I would not be surprised if it is used for all residency programs in the near future!!!



What is the Standardized Video Interview?

  • It is an on-line, six question interview that you can record from any internet-connected computer, tablet, or smart phone.

  • The questions are presented as text prompts. There will be 30 seconds to read and think about the question and then there will be up to 3 minutes for the applicants response which is recorded. You can take an untimed break between questions.

  • Unfortunately you can't rewatch or rerecord your video responses.  

  • The interviews will be scored and are the videos and scores are made available to the EM programs.

  • The scores of the interview will be reported to you on September 15th.



What will the Standardized Video Interview questions be about?

There will be Six (6) questions are designed to assess knowledge of two ACGME competencies:

  • Knowledge of professional behaviors (professionalism)

  • Interpersonal and communication skills.

There will be a combination of 2 types of questions:

  • Behavioral questions: which ask the applicant to describe personal prior experiences to demonstrate their knowledge!

  • Situational questions: which ask applicants to apply their knowledge to hypothetical cases!



Where can I find examples of these questions?

For examples of the types of questions look at :

page 8 of this PDF: The AAMC Standardized Video Interview: Essentials for the ERAS 2018 Season



How should I prepare for Standardized Video Interview?

The same way you would prepare for the in-person interview. Here are some tips for preparing for this on-line interview: Preparing for the AAMC Standardized Video Interview 



When does the Standardized Video Interview have to be completed by?

The good news is that since there is no live interviewer.... you can record it anytime and anywhere you want.  I would certainly recommend finding a professional background... seeing your unkept room in the background might not leave a great impression.  Also make sure it's in a private place where you wont be interrupted by phone calls, screaming kids, hungry spouses, curious pets, etc.

The bad news is the video interviews must be completed by July 31, 2017 11:59 PM ET!!!!  So get cracking on it!!!!



Does this replace the in-person interview?

Absolutely not!!! This is not a replacement for the in-person interview! It's just an extra tool for the program director to evaluate you!



Where can I get more information about the Standardized Video Interview?



#1 Mauricio D 2017-06-17 14:28
would prefer to do this if it replaces the actual in-person interview. To travel alone all across the country so many times and spend a lot of money for airplane tickets, hotel stays, food and transportation is just too much! Not to mention that many applicants are already completely out of money after all the USMLEs and program applications.
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