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Emergency Medicine International
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 737391, 4 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/737391
Research Article

Improving Knowledge and Process for International Emergency Medicine Fellowship Applicants: A Call for a Uniform Application

1Department of Emergency Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD 21231, USA
2Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Texas Southwestern, Medical Center, Dallas, TX 75390, USA
3Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL 60637, USA
4Department of Emergency Medicine, George Washington University, Washington, DC 20052, USA
5Department of Emergency Medicine, Gwinnett Medical Center, Lawrenceville, GA 30096, USA

Received 19 December 2012; Accepted 17 January 2013

Academic Editor: Harold K. Simon

Copyright © 2013 Gabrielle A. Jacquet et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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.