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Strategic Priorities

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Transition to Residency

Working in collaboration with member medical schools and teaching hospitals, and with other organizations invested in GME (including the NRMP and ACGME), the AAMC is developing resources and tools to support all involved in a learner’s transition to residency.

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The AAMC is working to improve the transition to residency process by identifying resources and tools that will help:

  • Applicants to Apply Smart

  • Medical schools and advisors to Advise Smart

  • Program directors to Select Smart

Projects Supporting the Transition to Residency Effort

Apply Smart

  • Analysis of a national survey of residency program directors to understand their applicant evaluation and selection process, and pain points experienced in that process.
  • Introduction of new research into residency application strategies and the relationship between the number of applications submitted and the likelihood of entry into residency.
  • Improvements to the Careers in Medicine ® platform
  • Creation of an “Apply Smart to Residency” webpage providing applicants with various resources and information on how to devise their residency application strategy.

Advise Smart

  • Analysis of a national survey of residency program directors to understand their applicant evaluation and selection process, and pain points experienced in that process.
  • Introduction of new research into residency application strategies and the relationship between the number of applications submitted and the likelihood of entry into residency.
  • Improvements to the Careers in Medicine ® platform
  • Recommendations for a new Medical Student Performance Evaluation format, endorsed by the Council of Deans (COD) Administrative Board, which allows for a holistic approach to both evaluating and reviewing an applicant.

Select Smart

  • Creation of an overview of interview practices and processes  to support program directors and enable both the applicant and the interviewer to have a more efficient and informative interview.
  • Creation of guidelines around a set of activities that all medical students should be able to perform upon entering residency, regardless of their future career specialty.
  • Recommendations for a new Medical Student Performance Evaluation format, endorsed by the Council of Deans (COD) Administrative Board, which allows for a holistic approach to both evaluating and reviewing an applicant.
  • Development of a research study and subsequent pilot program with the emergency medicine community to evaluate the use of a Standardized Video Interview as a potential tool in the residency application and selection process

Upcoming Opportunities to Participate in Transition to Residency Conversations

Continuum Connections
A Joint Meeting of the Group on Student Affairs (GSA), Group on Resident Affairs (GRA), 
Organization of Student Representatives (OSR), and Organization of Resident Representatives (ORR)
April 28-May 1, 2018
Hyatt Regency, Orlando, Fla.