On May 11, the Coalition for Physician Accountability – a cross-organizational group of national medical education organizations, of which the AAMC is a member – released its recommendations, Medical Students in the Class of 2021: Moving Across Institutions for Post Graduate Training, covering three major issues that applicants and training programs are facing as they prepare for the 2020-21 residency cycle during the COVID-19 pandemic: away rotations; in-person interviews for residency; and the ERAS timeline.
To develop the recommendations, the Coalition convened a work group whose participants featured diversity of thought and represented the full spectrum of stakeholders across medical education and the public. The work group established guiding principles for considering these important issues:
- The safety of patients, learners and our community remains paramount.
- Medical students and residents need to meet requirements for graduation and accreditation.
- The residency selection process should remain as equitable as possible; and
- There needs to be a concerted effort to reduce anxiety and promote well-being for all in an already stressed system.
These recommendations are intended to add to, but not supersede, the independent judgment of a medical school, sponsoring institution or residency program regarding the immediate needs of its patients and preparation of its learners.