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Student Advising Recommendations from the Council of Residency Directors Student Advising Task Force

  • Author(s): Hillman, Emily
  • Lutfy-Clayton, Lucienne
  • Desai, Sameer
  • Kellogg, Adam
  • Zhang, Xiao Chi
  • Hu, Kevin
  • Hess, Jamie
  • et al.

Emergency Medicine (EM) has become more competitive in recent years with a marked increase in the number of applications per student, raising costs for students and programs. Disseminating accurate advising information to applicants and programs could reduce excessive applying. Advising students applying to EM is a critical role for educators, clerkship directors, and program leaders. There are a variety of advising resources available through social media and individual organizations, however currently there are no consensus recommendations that bridge these resources.  The Council of Residency Directors (CORD) Student Advising Task Force (SATF) was initiated in 2013 to improve medical student advising.  The SATF developed best-practice consensus recommendations and resources for student advising.   Four documents (Medical Student Planner, EM Applicant’s Frequency Asked Questions, EM Applying Guide, EM Medical Student Advisor Resource List) were developed and are intended to support prospective applicants and their advisors. The recommendations are designed for the mid-range EM applicant and will need to be tailored based on students’ individual needs.

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