Emergency Medicine

Residency: Application Information

General Information

We participate in the NRMP and therefore only accept applicants who apply through ERAS. The program prefers that applicants with previous training include a letter from their current/former Program Director acknowledging their support of the applicant’s applying to the program and attesting to the resident’s being/having been a resident in good standing. We do not have a specific cut-off date for applications; however, applicants are highly encouraged to apply no later than mid-October for the best chance to obtain an interview.

After reviewing completed ERAS applications, applicants are invited to interview. We review all applications that are received through ERAS. Interviews are held November through January, with both morning and afternoon sessions. We are awaiting final recommendations from COPA and our UMKC GME regarding interview format. We will have virtual interviews but hope to have some in-person opportunities as well.

Applicants offered an interview
  • While we do not have a minimum USMLE/COMLEX requirement for consideration, we prefer applicants who score at least at the mean for applicants across the country who match in EM through the NRMP for the previous year. We prefer applicants who have passed their exams on the first attempt. For Osteopathic students, USMLE is not required but it is preferred and strongly encouraged.
  • Typically, we require at least one SLOE from an academic EM program; two are preferred. Due to ongoing challenges with rotations due to COVID, we understand some students may have only one SLOE. Other letters should preferably written in the SLOE format; see https://www.cordem.org/resources/residency-management/sloe/ for instructions.
  • Applicants are reviewed on a holistic basis. While this includes USMLE tests and grades/class rank, we also strongly consider LORs, other experiences/qualifications (such as service, leadership, research, etc.), and personal statements. Our goal is to find applicants who will be the best fit for our program!
  • Applications are reviewed by a committee prior to decisions to issuing interview invitations. You may contact the residency coordinator, Ms. Christina Mayne, if you have any questions regarding the status of your application.
  • We typically offer more interview spots than the schedule will accommodate; therefore, you are strongly urged to set up an interview date as soon as you get an invitation. If all our interview slots are full, we create a Waiting List. Please be advised that being placed on the Waiting List does not guarantee that you will get an interview. We will contact you as openings arise.
  • We use Interview Broker for scheduling interviews

In order to have ample time to thoroughly review the large number of high-quality applications received, we plan to begin issuing interview invitations on a rolling basis, beginning on the unified release date which is currently TBD (typically mid to late October).  

Interview schedule
  • Mondays and Fridays from mid-November through mid-January excluding holiday weeks.  We plan to offer morning and afternoon sessions.
  • Our interview process for 2021-2022 is a work in process but will likely be virtual Here are some things you can expect:   you will meet and hear from the PD, have interviews with several faculty and residents, attend a Q & A with several residents, and have access to a virtual tour and other information about the residency. You will be interviewed by the Program Director, either an Associate or Assistant Program Director, an additional faculty member, and one of our Chief Residents. You are encouraged to meet some of our current residents at a  mixer the night before either virtual or in-person
  • We do not allow applicants to shadow in the department before/after interviews secondary to required hospital HIPPA training.