SVI Extensions

There are several circumstances in which the AAMC will grant you an extension to complete the Standardized Video Interview (SVI) after the July 16, 2019, deadline (Interview Window). Extensions are granted at the AAMC’s sole discretion.

Who is Eligible for an Extension?

The AAMC has identified the following circumstances in which an extension request will be considered, the documentation required to substantiate your request, and how to submit such documentation. 

Circumstances in which extension requests will be considered Required documentation to substantiate your extension request* How to submit documentation
Your first emergency medicine clerkship begins on or after July 17, 2019 (An Emergency Medicine clerkship is not required to perform well on the Standardized Video Interview.) Copy of your M3 and M4 course/rotation/clerkship schedule or transcript SVI Client Technical Support will request documentation after your request is received.
You are already in a residency training program and are reentering the match. Copy of the offer letter from your current residency position, or other confirmation of employment SVI Client Technical Support will request documentation after your request is received.
You are active duty military during the Interview Window. Copy of your active duty orders SVI Client Technical Support will request documentation after your request is received.
You experience an unexpected or unforeseeable circumstance (e.g., natural disaster) during the Interview Window. Media announcements, awareness of sustained inclement weather SVI Client Technical Support will request documentation after your request is received.
You experience a death in the family during the Interview Window. Provide the deceased person's name, your relationship, a link to the death announcement (if available), and the name and phone number of the funeral home, hospital, or hospice SVI Client Technical Support will request documentation after your request is received.
You experience an unexpected life event (e.g. hospitalization, serious illness in the family) during the Interview Window – this does not include cases of financial hardship. A doctor's note to reflect hospitalization or caring for a family member with a serious illness SVI Client Technical Support will request documentation after your request is received.

Limit the amount of health information provided to what is pertinent to substantiate your request. 

 

*If you are submitting documentation found on the internet, print the entire webpage so the URL and website branding (e.g., school logo) is identifiable. The AAMC will not rely solely on your assertion as to the source of the documentation you provided. 

Request an Extension

To request an extension, submit a completed Extension Request Form as soon as you believe that any circumstance above pertains to you, but no later than Aug. 16, 2019. Requests submitted after Aug. 16, 2019, will not be considered. All documentation substantiating your extension request must be in English and received by the AAMC by Aug. 30, 2019. Allow one week for the AAMC to process your extension request or documentation review. We will begin to process extension requests on May 1, 2019. 

If your accommodation request or report of a technical system issue is under consideration at the end of the Interview Window, you do not need to complete an extension request form or provide additional documentation; your pending request is sufficient.

Extension Review Process

If your request for an extension is granted, you must complete your interview by Sept. 16, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. ET. The AAMC will release scores for such interviews on Oct. 15, 2019, in consideration of how and when program directors decide to extend interview offers to residency program applicants.

If your request for an extension is denied and you did not complete the Standardized Video Interview during the Interview Window, it will be considered a noncompletion. If you are granted an extension and do not complete the interview by the Sept. 16, 2019 deadline, it will be considered a noncompletion. 

Active duty military service members: If you are unable to apply for an extension by Aug. 16, 2019, or do not complete the interview by Sept. 16, 2019, and you provide a copy of your active duty orders, the AAMC will advise emergency medicine program directors to disregard the noncompletion when reviewing your residency application.

Request an Extension

For those unable to complete an interview by July 16, 2019, use the Standardized Video Interview Extension Request Form along with the required documentation.

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