Medical Students in the Class of 2021 Moving Across Institutions for Post Graduate Training

Published May 11, 2020


Today the Coalition for Physician Accountability – a cross-organizational group of national medical education organizations, of which AACOM 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. Those three issues are 1) away rotations; 2) in-person interviews for residency; and 3) the ERAS timeline.

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. However, as students rely upon predictable, common practices across schools and programs as they prepare to transition to residency, a consistent approach to disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic will greatly reduce unnecessary confusion, stress, and inequity among students, and promote a more successful residency selection process for all.

As we move forward, we will need these continued efforts of all stakeholders, bringing your commitment, innovative ideas, and flexibility to promote consistency and fairness across the country for applicants and programs alike.

Executive Summary

Final Report and Recommendations for Medical Education Institutions of LCME-Accredited, U.S. Osteopathic, and Non-U.S. Medical School Applicants Submitted

Compendium of Resources for the Implementation of Recommendations

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