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Collaborative Transformation of the Transition to Residency

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The AAMC is engaged in community-wide collaborations with other committed partners across medical education to improve the entire undergraduate medical education to graduate medical education (UME-GME) transition.

The AAMC is deeply committed to improving the transition to residency — from the beginning of a student’s specialty research and selection process through the completion of residency and on to clinical practice. Supporting the well-being, training, professional development, and equitable treatment of all medical students and residents is critical to the health of the United States.

In August 2021, the Undergraduate Medical Education-Graduate Medical Education Review Committee (UGRC) of the Coalition for Physician Accountability released its Recommendations for Comprehensive Improvement of the UME-GME Transition report to the medical education community. The AAMC supports the concepts and themes addressed in the recommendations and stands ready to work with our colleagues across academic medicine to address the identified issues and achieve the objectives of the recommendations.

This site provides regularly updated resources, tools, effective practices, and other materials to support students, medical school advisors, and program directors in the transition to residency. It also features the priorities and guiding principles of the AAMC's work and the research and innovations that the AAMC has initiated and supports with other stakeholders in the academic medicine community.

Resources for Students

Careers in Medicine®

A comprehensive career-planning program that provides students with the skills, information, and resources to choose a specialty and residency program that meets their career goals.

Supports UGRC Themes

  • Trustworthy Advising and Definitive Resources 

  • Equitable, Mission-Driven Application Review 

  • Optimization of Application, Interview, and Selection Processes 

Transition in Medical Education Toolkits

Three toolkits (two new ones and one revised from its 2021 version) to help guide programs and learners as they progress through the medical education continuum.

Supports UGRC Themes

  • Educational Continuity and Resident Readiness
  • Health and Wellness

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Residency Explorer

A tool that allows students to research individual residency programs and compare themselves to applicants who previously matched at those programs.

Supports UGRC Themes

  • Trustworthy Advising and Definitive Resources 

  • Optimization of Application, Interview, and Selection Processes 

Supplemental ERAS Application Data and Reports

Data and reports providing a summary of the current analysis of the supplemental ERAS application for the operational pilot year.

Supports UGRC Themes

  • Equitable, Mission-Driven Application Review 

  • Optimization of Application, Interview, and Selection Processes 

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Report on Residents

An online collection of data tables that provide information on certain characteristics of residency applicants and residents, as well as information on post-residency professional activities.

Supports UGRC Themes

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 

  • Outcome Framework and Assessment Processes 

  • Educational Continuity and Resident Readiness 

Graduation Questionnaire (GQ)

A national questionnaire administered by the AAMC that seeks to identify and address issues critical to the future of medical education and the well-being of medical students.

Supports UGRC Themes

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 

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Apply Smart for Residency

A series of resources that explain the residency application process and ensure that an applicant and program are the right fit.

Supports UGRC Themes

  • Trustworthy Advising and Definitive Resources 

  • Equitable, Mission-Driven Application Review 

  • Optimization of Application, Interview, and Selection Processes 

"Going Virtual: 2020-2021 Residency Interview Season Part 1: Planning for Interviews During COVID-19" (Video)

A two-part webinar series that covers planning for virtual interview season and using virtual interviews as part of the selection process.

View "Going Virtual: 2020-2021 Residency Interview Season Part 2: Residency Selection in a Virtual Environment"

Supports UGRC Themes

  • Equitable, Mission-Driven Application Review 

  • Optimization of Application, Interview, and Selection Processes 

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AAMC Transition to Residency Tools for a Successful Residency Application (Video)

A webinar for students that highlights several AAMC tools to assist them during the transition to residency.

Supports UGRC Themes

  • Trustworthy Advising and Definitive Resources

  • Equitable, Mission-Driven Application Review

  • Optimization of Application, Interview, and Selection Processes

Results of the 2016 Program Directors Survey

A national survey of residency program directors to understand their applicant evaluation and selection process, and the pain points experienced in that process.

Supports UGRC Themes

  • Equitable, Mission-Driven Application Review 

  • Optimization of Application, Interview, and Selection Processes 

  • Educational Continuity and Resident Readiness 

Resources for Medical Schools

Apply Smart for Residency

A series of resources that explain the residency application process and ensure that an applicant and program are the right fit.

Supports UGRC Themes

  • Trustworthy Advising and Definitive Resources 

  • Equitable, Mission-Driven Application Review 

  • Optimization of Application, Interview, and Selection Processes 

Careers in Medicine®

A comprehensive career-planning program that provides students with the skills, information, and resources to choose a specialty and residency program that meets their career goals.

Supports UGRC Themes

  • Trustworthy Advising and Definitive Resources 

  • Equitable, Mission-Driven Application Review 

  • Optimization of Application, Interview, and Selection Processes 

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Recommendations for a New Medical Student Performance Evaluation

Recommendations for a new Medical Student Performance Evaluation that allows for a holistic approach to evaluating an applicant.

Supports UGRC Themes

  • Outcome Framework and Assessment Processes 

  • Equitable, Mission-Driven Application Review 

  • Optimization of Application, Interview, and Selection Processes

Supplemental ERAS Application Data and Reports

Data and reports providing a summary of the current analysis of the supplemental ERAS application for the operational pilot year.

Supports UGRC Themes

  • Equitable, Mission-Driven Application Review 

  • Optimization of Application, Interview, and Selection Processes 

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Graduation Questionnaire (GQ)

A national questionnaire administered by the AAMC that seeks to identify and address issues critical to the future of medical education and the well-being of medical students.

Supports UGRC Themes

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 

Report on Residents

An online collection of data tables that provide information on certain characteristics of residency applicants and residents, as well as information on post-residency professional activities.

Supports UGRC Themes

  • Equitable, Mission-Driven Application Review 

  • Optimization of Application, Interview, and Selection Processes 

  • Educational Continuity and Resident Readiness 

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Results of the 2016 Program Directors Survey

A national survey of residency program directors to understand their applicant evaluation and selection process, and the pain points experienced in that process.

Supports UGRC Themes

  • Equitable, Mission-Driven Application Review 

  • Optimization of Application, Interview, and Selection Processes 

  • Educational Continuity and Resident Readiness 

Resources for Residency Programs

Overview of Interview Practices and Processes (PDF)

Best practices to support program directors and enable both applicants and interviewers to have more efficient and informative interviews.

Supports UGRC Themes

  • Equitable, Mission-Driven Application Review 

  • Optimization of Application, Interview, and Selection Processes

Transition in Medical Education Toolkits

Three toolkits (two new ones and one revised from its 2021 version) to help guide programs and learners as they progress through the medical education continuum.

Supports UGRC Themes

  • Educational Continuity and Resident Readiness
  • Health and Wellness

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Recommendations for a New Medical Student Performance Evaluation

Recommendations for a new Medical Student Performance Evaluation that allows for a holistic approach to evaluating an applicant.

Supports UGRC Themes:

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 

  • Equitable, Mission-Driven Application Review 

  • Optimization of Application, Interview, and Selection Processes

Holistic Review Primer for Program Directors

Tools and resources that provide an overview of holistic review in residency selection to help you review the criteria you are prioritizing and define and assess if your materials and processes reflect your priorities.

Supports UGRC Themes

  • Equitable, Mission-Driven Application Review

  • Optimization of Application, Interview, and Selection Processes

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Supplemental ERAS Application Data and Reports

Data and reports providing a summary of the current analysis of the supplemental ERAS application for the operational pilot year.

Supports UGRC Themes

  • Equitable, Mission-Driven Application Review 

  • Optimization of Application, Interview, and Selection Processes 

Webinar: Addressing Implicit Bias in Virtual Interviews

A webinar that provides an overview of unconscious bias, reflects upon how biases manifest, and offers guidance on how to recognize and mitigate biases when conducting, reviewing, and scoring virtual or in-person interviews.

Supports UGRC Themes

  • Equitable, Mission-Driven Application Review

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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"Going Virtual: 2020-2021 Residency Interview Season Part 1: Planning for Interviews During COVID-19" (Video)

A two-part webinar series that covers planning for virtual interview season and using virtual interviews as part of the selection process.

View "Going Virtual: 2020-2021 Residency Interview Season Part 2: Residency Selection in a Virtual Environment"

Supports UGRC Themes

  • Optimization of Application, Interview, and Selection Processes 

  • Equitable, Mission-Driven Application Review 

Virtual Interviews: Tips for Interviewers (PDF)

Tips for those preparing to conduct virtual interviews, including identifying a suitable environment, setting up and practicing with technology, becoming familiar with interview materials, and creating a comfortable, fair interview experience.

Supports UGRC Themes

  • Equitable, Mission-Driven Application Review

  • Optimization of Application, Interview, and Selection Processes

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Virtual Interviews: Tips for Program Directors

Tips for those preparing to conduct or organize virtual interviews, including how to address possible complications from transitioning to virtual interviews, without losing the effectiveness of the interview.

Supports UGRC Themes

  • Equitable, Mission-Driven Application Review

  • Optimization of Application, Interview, and Selection Processes

AAMC Resident Readiness Survey Pilot Project

A streamlined, standard approach to collecting program director assessments of “resident readiness” for entry to GME.

Supports UGRC Themes

  • Optimization of Application, Interview, and Selection Processes 

  • Educational Continuity and Resident Readiness 

  • Health and Wellness 

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Education in Pediatrics Across the Continuum (The EPAC Project)

A test of the feasibility of medical education and training that is based on the demonstration of defined outcomes rather than on time.

Supports UGRC Themes:

  • Away Rotations 

  • Educational Continuity and Resident Readiness 

The Core Entrustable Professional Activities for Entering Residency

A set of activities that all medical students should be able to perform upon entering residency, regardless of their future career specialty.

Supports UGRC Themes:

  • Optimization of Application, Interview, and Selection Processes 

  • Educational Continuity and Resident Readiness 

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Graduation Questionnaire (GQ)

A national questionnaire administered by the AAMC that seeks to identify and address issues critical to the future of medical education and the well-being of medical students.

Supports UGRC Themes

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion