We searched far and wide to find select articles (& videos!) that you can read in your spare time. Then we distilled the list to the key essentials. Below, find our reading recommendations for every stage in medical school, residency and beyond:
These articles will help you understand the core educational resources in EM and the personal characteristics that make you a good fit for the field.
The Outstanding Medical Student in Emergency Medicine
The core professional and personal characteristics that EM residency programs are seeking in students, both during the EM rotation and when applying to residency. Written by Stanford Emergency Medicine Residency.
Dr. Gus Garmel’s recommended textbooks, readings, and resources for Emergency
Medicine students and residentsDr. Gus Garmel outlines the key educational resources relevant to Emergency Medicine. Do not try to read them all, pick what works and go with it!
Dr. Thomas Perara, M.D., program director at Jacobi/Montfiore and Mary Hannon, M.D., an alumnus of the program discuss what excites them about the field of EM.
Great video for anyone considering the field of emergency medicine.
Pre Clinical Years
Limkakeng, AT. Emergency medicine national conventions: A medical student’s perspective. Journal of Emergency Medicine. 23(2):211-212, 2002 August
This article outlines reasons for medical students to attend national EM conferences (such as the ACEP Scientific Assembly), including exposure to the field, comparing EM to other specialties, and networking.
Lotfipour S, Luu R, et al. Becoming an emergency medicine resident: a practical guide for medical students. Journal of Emergency Medicine. 35(3):339-44, 2008 October
This step by step guide for medical students discusses important tasks that must be accomplished throughout medical school by those hoping to match in EM and the importance of board scores, dean’s letters, grades, and letters of recommendation.
Pitre CJ. The unique educational value of emergency medicine student interest groups. Journal of Emergency Medicine. 22(4):427-428, 2002 May
This article outlines the benefits of a successful EMIG and suggests activities for it.
Windish DM, Paulman PM, et al. Do clerkship directors think medical students are prepared for the clerkship years? Academic Medicine. 79(1):56-61, 2004 January
This article defines six areas of competency that students need before starting a clerkship: communication, professionalism,history/exam, life cycle, epidemiology, and care systems. It finds that 30-50% of clerkship directors do not believe that students are sufficiently prepared in these areas for clinical clerkship work.
Wenrich M, Jackson MB, et al. Ready or not? Expectations of faculty and medical students for clinical skills preparation for clerkships. Medical Education Online. 15. doi: 10.3402/meo.v15i0.5295. 2010 August
This study outlines the expectations of clinical skill for medical students entering clerkships and the discordance between faculty and student expectations.
Planning Your Final Year of Medical School. Gus M. Garmel, MD
This document contains specific advice on planning rotations & interviews in the final year of medical school. It also includes a potpourri of EM-relevant information, including a list of the major EM organizations, EM journals, certifications, and a copy of the Standardized Letter of Recommendation (SLOR).
Davenport, C, Honigman B, Druck J. The 3-Minute Emergency Medicine Medical Student Presentation: A Variation on a Theme. Academic Emergency Medicine. 15(7):683-687, 2008 July
This is THE article you must read before giving any oral patient presentation in the emergency room.
Burdick WP, Jouriles NJ, et al. Emergency Medicine in undergraduate education. Academic Emergency Medicine. 5(11):1105-1109, 1998 November
This article expounds on the key EM competencies that the authors believe should be required of all medical students, including BLS, airway & cardiovascular support, diagnosis & treatment of common acute problems, and assessment of the “undifferentiated patient.”
Manthey DE, Ander DS, et al. Emergency medicine clerkship curriculum: an update and revision. Academic Emergency Medicine. 17(6):638-43, 2010 June
The Clerkship Directors in Emergency Medicine have updated the standardized 4th year EM clerkship syllabus published in 2006 to reflect lessons learned through experience with the current curriculum and changes in guidelines.
Letters of Recommendation
Keim SM, Rein JA, et al. A standardized letter of recommendation for residency application. Academic Emergency Medicine. 6(11):1141-1146, 1999 November
THE original scholarly article describing the SLOR.
Perina, DG, Colier RE, et al. Report of the task force on residency training information (2010-2011), American Board of Emergency Medicine. Annals of Emergency Medicine. 57(5):526-534, 2011 May
Provides baseline data on the number of emergency medicine residency positions, locations, and resident characteristics such as gender, country of origin, and EM board pass rate.
Hayden SR, Hayden M, Gamst A. What characteristics of applicants to emergency medicine residency programs predict future success as an emergency medicine resident? Academic Emergency Medicine. 12(3):206-210, 2005 March
Examines the factors most predictive of success as a resident at UCSD EM residency. The two most important predictors were medical school attended and “distinctive factors” such as athletics, student government, etc. Strength of Dean’s Letter was also a major predictor.
Deiorio NM, Yarris LM, Gaines SA. Emergency medicine residency applicant views on the interview day process. Academic Emergency Medicine. 16:S67-S70, 2009 December
EM residency applicants were surveyed to determine the most influential portions of interview day.
Laskey S, Cydulka RK. Applicant considerations associated with selection of an emergency medicine residency program. Academic Emergency Medicine. 16(4):355-359, 2009 April
Discusses the variables that influence medical students when choosing an EM residency program and determine their satisfaction with that residency choice.
These are the topics to review before residency interviews – high-yield information to discuss with your interviewers.
Institute of Medicine (IOM) Report
Institute of Medicine. The Future of Emergency Care in the United States Health System. Annals of Emergency Medicine. 48(2):115-120, 2006 August
A seminal Institute of Medicine report in 2006 calling attention to problems in the emergency care system. This article outlines the major barriers to effective emergency care in the US from the IOM report, including fragmentation of services, lack of specialists, & lack of disaster preparedness. It provides recommendations from the IOM to improve the system.
Chisholm CD. Institute of medicine report “The Future of Emergency Care”: “Too much, too little, too late?” What is the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine’s answer to the message? Academic Emergency Medicine. 14(3):259-260, 2007 March
This spirited and potentially incendiary perspective faults EM associations for not responding vigorously enough to the IOM report and suggests that organizations will not be prepared for the deluge of ED patients on the horizon, especially with our aging population.