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In This Section
- Application Inflation
- CCC Faculty Development Toolkit
- Curated Milestones Evaluation Exhibit
- Guidelines for a Standardized Fellowship Letter of Recommendation
- Post Interview Communication Guidelines
- DOM Letters Guidelines
- Uniform Fellowship Start Date
- Verification of GME Training Form Clarification
- E-Learning Reviews
Every year, medical students are applying to an increasing number of internal medicine residency programs. However, the data do not support the pervasive belief that US senior medical students are less successful in the NRMP Main Residency Match or that the Match is becoming more competitive over time. As a result of misconceptions, there has been a 28% increase in IM categorical applications between 2013-2016 among US and Canadian medical graduates.
The AAIM Medical Student to Resident Interface Committee has developed several resources to help students, residents, advisors, and residency faculty and staff combat application inflation, including recommendations in a peer-reviewed journal to inform the national debate and a quick fact sheet to provide quick, hands on knowledge about the problem. Future efforts will bring forward best practices for learners, educators, and institutions to dispell myths and alleviate fear, promote holistic review, and ensure applicants find the best fit.
Tips for Medical Schools and Student Advisors
- Begin advising students regarding specialty choice and competitiveness well before the beginning of fourth year.
- Compile application, interview, and match data on recent graduates from your medical school. Share this data to facilitate student and advisor comparisons of competitiveness for residency programs based on graduates with similar characteristics.
- Facilitate a shift towards holistic review (rather than relying on USMLE scores) by developing well-defined and universally accepted descriptive terms on MSPE and letters of recommendation to communicate fair and honest evaluations of students’ abilities.
Tips for Residency Faculty and Staff
- Make minimum application requirements and information about characteristics of students who are typically offered an interview or match in your program readily accessible and transparent on your website.
- Do not extend more interview invitations than the number of interview positions available.
- Clearly communicate the expectation that an applicant must respond to an interview offer within three business days or risk the interview spot being given away.
- Do not require a supplemental application or charge any type of additional fee.
- Inform all applicants of their status (invited, on hold, rejected) once a decision is made.
Tips for Applicants
- Meet with advisors early and do not wait until the beginning of the fourth year.
- Access and use application, interview, and match data on recent graduates from your medical school to facilitate comparisons of your competitiveness for specialties and specific residency programs based on graduates with similar characteristics.
- Do not apply to programs to which you have no intent to attend.
- Do not accept offers to interview at more than one program on the same day.
- Respectfully and quickly decline interview offers from a program that you would not want to attend.
- Respond to a program’s interview offer within three days of receipt.
- Provide at least one week’s notice prior to cancelling a scheduled interview
Match Facts and Data
While the number of internal medicine categorical positions available in the Match has risen 33% from 2012-2016:
Application Inflation: Drivers, Consequences, and Potential Solutions
AAIM explores factors driving the perception of scarcity of internal medicine positions in the Match and makes recommendations to mitigate the increase in applications as well as discusses a validated common currency of assessment and Match process that ensures “best fit.”Download the article
Concerned about recent decisions by some internal medicine residencies and fellowships to require additional information and fees from students and residents applying to training programs, the Alliance examined this issue and offers an opinion statement for use by individual and institutional members.Download the statement