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Emerg Med Int. 2013;2013:737391. doi: 10.1155/2013/737391. Epub 2013 Feb 21.

Improving knowledge and process for international emergency medicine fellowship applicants: a call for a uniform application.

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Department of Emergency Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD 21231, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

There are currently 34 International Emergency Medicine (IEM) fellowship programs. Applicants and programs are increasing in number and diversity. Without a standardized application, applicants have a difficulty approaching programs in an informed and an organized method; a streamlined application system is necessary.

OBJECTIVES:

To measure fellows' knowledge of their programs' curricula prior to starting fellowship and to determine what percent of fellows and program directors would support a universal application system.

METHODS:

A focus group of program directors, recent, and current fellows convened to determine the most important features of an IEM fellowship application process. A survey was administered electronically to a convenience sample of 78 participants from 34 programs. Respondents included fellowship directors, fellows, and recent graduates.

RESULTS:

Most fellows (70%) did not know their program's curriculum prior to starting fellowship. The majority of program directors and fellows support a uniform application service (81% and 67%, resp.) and deadline (85% for both). A minority of program directors (35%) and fellows (30%) support a formal match.

CONCLUSIONS:

Program directors and fellows support a uniform application service and deadline, but not a formalized match. Forums for disseminating IEM fellowship information and for administering a uniform application service and deadline are currently in development to improve the process.

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