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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.

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 on Aug. 26. 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 page provides regularly updated resources, tools, effective practices, and other materials to support students, medical school advisors, and program directors in the transition to residency.

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 

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 

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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 

Interview Guidelines (PDF)

A resource that provides applicants and programs with behavioral norms for residency interviews.

Supports UGRC Themes

  • Equitable, Mission-Driven Application Review 

  • Optimization of Application, Interview, and Selection Processes 

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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 

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 

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Supplemental ERAS® Application 101 Webinar for Applicants (Video)

A webinar that offers an overview of the new supplemental ERAS® application for 2022 residency applicants.

Supports UGRC Themes

  • 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

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

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 

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Interview Guidelines (PDF)

A resource that provides applicants and programs with behavioral norms for residency interviews.

Supports UGRC Themes

  • Equitable, Mission-Driven Application Review 

  • Optimization of Application, Interview, and Selection Processes

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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Supplemental ERAS Application 101 Webinar for Schools (Video)

A webinar that provides an overview of the new supplemental ERAS application for the 2022 recruitment cycle.

Supports UGRC Themes

  • Trustworthy Advising and Definitive Resources 

  • Equitable, Mission-Driven Application Review 

  • Optimization of Application, Interview, and Selection Processes

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

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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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 

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

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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 

Interview Guidelines (PDF)

A resource that provides applicants and programs with behavioral norms for residency interviews.

Supports UGRC Themes:

  • Equitable, Mission-Driven Application Review 

  • Optimization of Application, Interview, and Selection Processes

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Supplemental ERAS Application Webinar for General Surgery Programs (Video)

A webinar that provides an overview of the supplemental ERAS application and timeline of when the application will be available to programs.

Supports UGRC Themes:

  • Equitable, Mission-Driven Application Review 

  • Optimization of Application, Interview, and Selection Processes

Supplemental ERAS Application Webinar for Internal Medicine Residency Programs (Video)

A webinar that provides an overview of the supplemental ERAS application and timeline of when the application will be available to programs.

Supports UGRC Themes:

  • Equitable, Mission-Driven Application Review 

  • Optimization of Application, Interview, and Selection Processes

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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