About the SVI

The AAMC Standardized Video Interview is an innovative tool designed to assess knowledge of professional behaviors (professionalism) and interpersonal and communication skills, two ACGME competencies that have been identified as requirements for success as a resident and in future practice.

What Is the SVI?

The AAMC Standardized Video Interview provides objective, standardized information about applicants’ standing on two critical ACGME competencies — Knowledge of Professional Behaviors and Interpersonal and Communications Skills — that will help programs:

  • identify and consider relevant nonacademic information about applicants that may not be easily retrieved elsewhere in the ERAS® application; and
  • widen the pool of applicants invited to interview in person, including those who might not have otherwise been considered for interview.

The video interview also will enable applicants to share objective, performance-based information about themselves beyond academic metrics and add breadth and depth to their applications. It is not intended to replace in-person interviews or Standardized Letters of Evaluation, but rather to be used alongside other application information to provide a more complete and holistic picture of a candidate prior to being offered an in-person interview. 

The emergency medicine program community has endorsed the use of the Standardized Video Interview during the ERAS® 2020 application cycle for all applicants to emergency medicine residency programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). All applicants to ACGME-accredited emergency medicine residency programs are required to complete the Standardized Video Interview as a component of the ERAS® 2020 application.

Note that completion of the Standardized Video Interview is not a required field in your ERAS® application: therefore, you will not be barred from applying for a residency position in emergency medicine if you do not complete the video interview. 

What Does the SVI Measure?

While every video interview will assess the same two competencies—Interpersonal and Communication Skills and Knowledge of Professional Behaviors—the specific questions asked may differ. The questions are designed to be unrelated to clinical rotation experience, therefore the amount of time in clinical rotation should not impact your ability to answer questions.

Interpersonal and Communication Skills: Being able to demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills that result in the effective exchange of information and collaboration with patients, their families, and health professionals.

This includes the following subcompetencies:

  • Oral Communication
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Teamwork and Leadership

Knowledge of Professional Behaviors (Professionalism): Being able to demonstrate a commitment to carrying out professional responsibilities and an adherence to ethical principles.

This includes the following subcompetencies:

  • Empathy and Altruism
  • Ethics
  • Cultural Competence
  • Conscientiousness

What Do SVI Questions Look Like?

The interview consists of six questions and is a combination of:

  • behavioral questions, which ask you to describe previous experiences that demonstrate your level of knowledge and skills related to Interpersonal and Communication Skills and Knowledge of Professional Behaviors (Professionalism)
  • situational questions, which ask you to demonstrate your level of knowledge and skills related to Interpersonal and Communication Skills and Knowledge of Professional Behaviors (Professionalism) by  describing what you should do in different hypothetical situations

See sample questions for:

  • Interpersonal and Communications Skills
  • Knowledge of Professionalism

The interview questions underwent a rigorous process before being added to the interview bank. They were written by staff experts using ACGME milestones across a number of specialties. Next, subject matter experts (SMEs) representing several specialties reviewed each question for relevance to the ACGME competencies as well as whether the question exhibited bias in any way. Only questions that survived the SME review were retained.

Interview Format

The AAMC Standardized Video Interview is an online, unidirectional interview. Six questions are presented in text prompts, and you record an audio/video response; there is no human interviewer. You will have up to 30 seconds to read and reflect on each written question and up to three minutes to record a response.

Timeline

Date         Activity
Feb. 2019 Preparation materials become available on the Standardized Video Interview website
May 1, 2019 Applicants who wish to request an accommodation or extension may begin submitting the required paperwork
June 6, 2019 ERAS® portal opens; applicants register for the Standardized Video Interview by indicating intent they plan to apply in emergency medicine
June 6 – July 16, 2019 Interview Window; rolling emails sent to applicants within 24 hours of their ERAS® indication of interest in emergency medicine inviting them to complete the video interview online
July 16, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. ET Deadline to complete the Standardized Video Interview during the Interview Window
Aug. 16, 2019 Deadline to submit a Request for Extension
Aug. 30, 2019 Deadline to submit all supporting documentation to substantiate a Request for Extension
Sept. 3, 2019 (expected)

Total score made available to applicants who tested during the Interview Window

Total Scores released to medical schools, for those applicants who consented and attend a U.S.-based medical school

Sept. 15, 2019 (expected) For applicants who completed the Standardized Video Interview by July 16 at 11:59 p.m. ET, total scores and access to videos will be made available to programs based on whether the applicant has released the ERAS® application to the program
Sept. 16, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. ET Deadline to complete the Standardized Video Interview for all granted extension requests and retakes
Oct. 15, 2019 (expected) For applicants who completed the Standardized Video Interview after the Interview Window and by Sept. 16 at 11:59 p.m. ET:
  • Total scores and access to videos will be made available to programs based on whether the applicant has released the ERAS® application to the program.
  • Total scores will be made available to the applicant.
  • Total scores will be released to medical schools, for those applicants who consented and attend a U.S.-based medical school.

SVI Essentials for the ERAS® 2020 Season

The official policy and procedure guide for the Standardized Video Interview.

SVI Accommodations

The AAMC is committed to ensuring that the SVI is accessible to persons with disabilities in accordance with relevant law. 

SVI Extensions

There are a few circumstances under which the AAMC will grant an extension to complete the video interview after the July 16, 2019, deadline. 

SVI Technology Disruptions

The AAMC takes great care to ensure that video interviews are properly prepared, handled, and scored. In the unlikely event that an error occurs, the AAMC will take reasonable measures to correct it.

Contact the SVI Program

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