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 purpose of the video interview is to provide 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 academic emergency medicine program community has endorsed the use of the Standardized Video Interview during the ERAS 2019 application cycle. All applicants to ACGME-accredited emergency medicine residency programs are required to complete the Standardized Video Interview as a component of the ERAS 2019 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 applicant’s 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 applicants to describe previous experiences to demonstrate their level of knowledge and skills in the competencies of Interpersonal and Communication Skills and Knowledge of Professional Behaviors (Professionalism)
  • situational questions, in which applicants describe their level of knowledge and skill in the two competencies noted above by applying the core concepts to 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 applicants record an audio/video response; there is no human interviewer. Applicants 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
February 2018 Preparation materials become available
May 1, 2018 Applicants who wish to request an accommodation may begin submitting the required paperwork
Early June 2018 MyERAS portal opens; applicants register by indicating intent to apply in emergency medicine
Early June - July 15, 2018 The Interview Window; rolling emails sent to applicants within 24 hours of their MyERAS indication of interest in emergency medicine inviting them to complete the video interview online
July 15, 2018, 11:59 p.m. ET Deadline to complete the Standardized Video Interview
August 30, 2018 Deadline to submit a Request for Extension
September 1, 2018 (expected) Scores made available to applicants who tested during the Interview Window; scores released to medical schools, for those applicants who consented
September 15, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. ET Deadline to complete the Standardized Video Interview for all granted extension requests and retakes
September 15, 2018 (anticipated) For applicants who completed the Standardized Video Interview by July 15 at 11:59 p.m. ET, scores and access to videos will be made available to programs based on whether the applicant has released the ERAS application to the program
October 15, 2018 (anticipated) For applicants who completed the Standardized Video Interview by September 15 at 11:59 p.m. ET, scores and access to videos will be made available to programs based on whether the applicant has released the ERAS application to the program; scores will also be made available to the applicant

 

SVI Essentials for the ERAS 2019 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 15, 2018, 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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