Application Review Process
All program applicants should use ERAS to apply. Our program participates in both ERAS and the NRMP Match using the following Program Codes:
After we receive applications through ERAS, the Program Director and each Associate Program Director will review a selection of applications based on medical school. Each person reviewing applications has a set amount of interview invites available. We then meet as a group to determine whether to either:
- Extend an interview invitation
- Decline to interview
- Place on the waitlist (We very much want to interview you, but we often receive applications from many qualified candidates. We will extend an offer if interview positions open.)
Because of COVID-19, this year’s ERAS timeline has been pushed back. Generally, we would begin releasing interview invitations in late September or early October. This year, however, programs cannot begin to review applications until October 21, 2020. We expect to begin extending interview invitations in early November, with our first interview dates in mid-November.
We will likely conduct interviews through early- to mid-February.
No single element of an application perfectly describes a candidate. We are looking for multifaceted candidates who bring a variety of strengths to our program.
A successful applicant should demonstrate exceptionalism in one or more areas including:
- Clinical clerkship performance throughout the third year and particularly in the core Internal Medicine rotation
- Humanism including Gold Humanism and/or Alpha Omega Alpha awards
- Scholarship and research experience
- Leadership ability
- Resilience and maturity in the face of adversity
- Diversity of thought and background
We recognize either USMLE or COMLEX. We prefer a Step 1 score greater than 220 and a Step 2 score greater than 230. Growth between Step 1 and Step 2 is noted.
Applications are almost automatically rejected based on the following:
- Graduation of medical school greater than 5 years ago unless practicing in another specialty under a US license
- Lack of clinical experience in the US healthcare system
- Multiple failures of certification exams
Congruent with recommendations from the AAMC and NRMP during the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be holding all interviews virtually this year.
We are still working out details on how to make this an immersive and fun experience for the candidates who interview with our program. As we feel our residents are the true strength of our program, you will have ample opportunity to meet many of them.
During the interview day, you will meet for a brief one-on-one chat with the Program Director, and you will interview with two faculty members and one resident. Our goal is to provide you with a great experience virtually “visiting” us and to see if you would be a good fit for our program. Areas we focus on during the application review and interview process include:
- General cognitive ability - How has the candidate performed on standardized tests (USMLE or COMLEX) and during clinical (3rd year) rotations?
- Conscientiousness - Is the candidate likely to feel responsibility to the program,
their colleagues, and their patients?
Ability to deal with challenges - Has the candidate faced and overcome adversity? Have they helped to solve problems?
- Humanism - Does the candidate reflect our mission to care for the whole patient? Do they have a diverse viewpoint?
- Attitude - Is the candidate interested in medicine? In SLU? In our program?
- Ability as a teammate - Can the interviewer envision working with this candidate as a resident and/or colleague?
- Potential to positively contribute to the program - Is this someone who will be good to have around and as part of the program? Does the interviewer envision them doing something great?
Our scoring for the rank list is based on a number of factors, including:
- Strength of clerkship grades (particularly Internal Medicine but inclusive of other clerkships)
- USMLE or COMLEX scores
- Scoring on faculty interviews
- Scoring on resident interviews
- Global assessment of application (scholarship, contribution to community, leadership roles, and other compelling information)
Using the above factors, program leaders construct a draft rank list. Prior to submission, we then hold a set of 3-4 meetings open to all residents in the program to garner impressions and feedback. After residents approve the list, it is finalized (with no further changes by the program) and submitted. Thus, residents have the final say as to who is joining our team.