General

What format does the SVI take?

The AAMC Standardized Video Interview is an on-line, unidirectional interview that consists of six questions presented in text prompts to which applicants record audio/video responses. Applicants can complete the interview using any internet-enabled computer, tablet or smart phone. Applicants have up to 30 seconds to read and reflect on each question and up to three minutes to respond to each question.

What format does the SVI take?

The AAMC Standardized Video Interview is an on-line, unidirectional interview that consists of six questions presented in text prompts to which applicants record audio/video responses. Applicants can complete the interview using any internet-enabled computer, tablet or smart phone. Applicants have up to 30 seconds to read and reflect on each question and up to three minutes to respond to each question.

What is the timeline for the SVI operational pilot?

  • 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
  • Sept. 1, 2018 (expected): Scores made available to applicants and medical schools (with applicants' permission)
  • Sept. 15, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. ET: Deadline to complete the Standardized Video Interview for all granted extension requests and retakes
  • Sept. 15, 2018 (expected): 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
  • Oct. 15, 2018 (expected): For applicants who completed the Standardized Video Interview by Sept. 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

What is the timeline for the SVI operational pilot?

  • 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
  • Sept. 1, 2018 (expected): Scores made available to applicants and medical schools (with applicants' permission)
  • Sept. 15, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. ET: Deadline to complete the Standardized Video Interview for all granted extension requests and retakes
  • Sept. 15, 2018 (expected): 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
  • Oct. 15, 2018 (expected): For applicants who completed the Standardized Video Interview by Sept. 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

How did the AAMC decide on the SVI interview window?

In order to provide sufficient time to review and rate interview responses and to deliver Standardized Video Interview scores to program directors when the ACGME-accredited Emergency Medicine residency programs start receiving applications in September, the interview window is set for early-June, at 9 a.m. ET to July 15, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. ET.

How did the AAMC decide on the SVI interview window?

In order to provide sufficient time to review and rate interview responses and to deliver Standardized Video Interview scores to program directors when the ACGME-accredited Emergency Medicine residency programs start receiving applications in September, the interview window is set for early-June, at 9 a.m. ET to July 15, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Will the SVI replace the in-person interview?

No, the Standardized Video Interview will not replace in-person interviews. It was designed to provide easy-to-use and standardized information about applicants’ Knowledge of Interpersonal and Communication Skills and Professional Behavior for programs to use when making decisions about whom to invite for the in-person interview. The SVI is intended to broaden the pool of applicants invited to the in-person interview.

Will the SVI replace the in-person interview?

No, the Standardized Video Interview will not replace in-person interviews. It was designed to provide easy-to-use and standardized information about applicants’ Knowledge of Interpersonal and Communication Skills and Professional Behavior for programs to use when making decisions about whom to invite for the in-person interview. The SVI is intended to broaden the pool of applicants invited to the in-person interview.

Will the SVI replace the Standard Letters of Evaluation (SLOEs) for emergency medicine residency programs?

No, the interview will not replace SLOEs for emergency medicine residency programs. The SVI is intended to be used along with other application information to provide a more complete and holistic picture of a candidate prior to the in-person interview.

Will the SVI replace the Standard Letters of Evaluation (SLOEs) for emergency medicine residency programs?

No, the interview will not replace SLOEs for emergency medicine residency programs. The SVI is intended to be used along with other application information to provide a more complete and holistic picture of a candidate prior to the in-person interview.

Why was the emergency medicine specialty chosen to pilot the interview?

Emergency medicine was chosen for a number of reasons including the fact that the specialty has a proven record of working to improve the selection process, beginning with its introduction of the Standardized Letter of Evaluation (SLOE) which is included in the ERAS application, and is being considered by other specialties as well. Emergency medicine is a medium-sized specialty (in terms of applicants as wells as programs) with an applicant pool that is diverse and representative of all the applicant types (USMD, USDO, IMG, FMG).

Why was the emergency medicine specialty chosen to pilot the interview?

Emergency medicine was chosen for a number of reasons including the fact that the specialty has a proven record of working to improve the selection process, beginning with its introduction of the Standardized Letter of Evaluation (SLOE) which is included in the ERAS application, and is being considered by other specialties as well. Emergency medicine is a medium-sized specialty (in terms of applicants as wells as programs) with an applicant pool that is diverse and representative of all the applicant types (USMD, USDO, IMG, FMG).

Completing the interview will require more time and increase my anxiety and there’s no guarantee that programs will even have time to view all interviews. How will this tool help me?

The size of a program’s applicant pool and how they integrate the Standardized Video Interview score into their selection process will likely determine how many video interviews they will view. Program directors have said that they want more than Board scores and academic metrics to support their decision-making about who they invite to interview. They also indicate that applicants who fall in the middle (i.e. may not have the highest Board scores, but may excel in non-academic areas) may be overlooked. We believe an applicant’s performance (i.e., score) on the Standardized Video Interview can provide additional information that programs might find helpful when making decisions about who they invite to fill their limited interview slots. This tool provides applicants with another opportunity to help programs see why they might be a good fit for their program.

Completing the interview will require more time and increase my anxiety and there’s no guarantee that programs will even have time to view all interviews. How will this tool help me?

The size of a program’s applicant pool and how they integrate the Standardized Video Interview score into their selection process will likely determine how many video interviews they will view. Program directors have said that they want more than Board scores and academic metrics to support their decision-making about who they invite to interview. They also indicate that applicants who fall in the middle (i.e. may not have the highest Board scores, but may excel in non-academic areas) may be overlooked. We believe an applicant’s performance (i.e., score) on the Standardized Video Interview can provide additional information that programs might find helpful when making decisions about who they invite to fill their limited interview slots. This tool provides applicants with another opportunity to help programs see why they might be a good fit for their program.

Prepare for the SVI

What is the best way to prepare for the SVI?

Data shows that most applicants prepared on their own for the SVI and used AAMC’s preparation materials. On average, most spent 1-4 hours preparing for the SVI. SVI scores did not differ based on preparation strategy or time spent preparing.

The AAMC provides free resources to help you prepare for the interview:

What is the best way to prepare for the SVI?

Data shows that most applicants prepared on their own for the SVI and used AAMC’s preparation materials. On average, most spent 1-4 hours preparing for the SVI. SVI scores did not differ based on preparation strategy or time spent preparing.

The AAMC provides free resources to help you prepare for the interview:

What types of questions will be asked in the SVI? Are all applicants asked the same questions?

SVI questions address are designed to assess your knowledge of Interpersonal and Communication Skills and Professional Behavior.

There are two types of SVI questions:

  • Situational questions ask applicants to describe their level of knowledge and skill in the two competencies by applying the core concepts to different hypothetical situations.
  • Behavioral questions ask applicants to describe previous experiences to demonstrate their level of knowledge and skills in the two competencies.

While all applicants will not receive the same questions, the type and complexity of questions are similar for all applicants.

What types of questions will be asked in the SVI? Are all applicants asked the same questions?

SVI questions address are designed to assess your knowledge of Interpersonal and Communication Skills and Professional Behavior.

There are two types of SVI questions:

  • Situational questions ask applicants to describe their level of knowledge and skill in the two competencies by applying the core concepts to different hypothetical situations.
  • Behavioral questions ask applicants to describe previous experiences to demonstrate their level of knowledge and skills in the two competencies.

While all applicants will not receive the same questions, the type and complexity of questions are similar for all applicants.

How important is it to have a professional backdrop and lighting for the interview?

Data shows that applicants who took the SVI at home performed just as well as applicants who took the SVI in a studio. Raters and program directors are trained to focus on the content of the responses, not the appearance of the applicant or the environment in which the applicant completes the interview.

However, we recommend that applicants dress and prepare as though they’re getting ready for an in-person interview because program directors will have access to interview videos.

How important is it to have a professional backdrop and lighting for the interview?

Data shows that applicants who took the SVI at home performed just as well as applicants who took the SVI in a studio. Raters and program directors are trained to focus on the content of the responses, not the appearance of the applicant or the environment in which the applicant completes the interview.

However, we recommend that applicants dress and prepare as though they’re getting ready for an in-person interview because program directors will have access to interview videos.

Register for the SVI

Does the email invitation to complete the SVI have an expiration date?

Yes, the email invitation expires after the video interview closes on July 15, 2018, at 11:59 pm ET. The link will no longer work after that date/time; so we recommend that you do not wait until the last minute to complete the interview.

Does the email invitation to complete the SVI have an expiration date?

Yes, the email invitation expires after the video interview closes on July 15, 2018, at 11:59 pm ET. The link will no longer work after that date/time; so we recommend that you do not wait until the last minute to complete the interview.

Do I need to schedule a specific date and time to complete the interview?

No, you do not need to schedule a specific date and time to complete the video. You may complete the interview anytime between June 6, 2018, at 9 a.m. and July 15, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. ET, at your discretion. However, we recommend that you plan ahead and set aside a time that is convenient to complete the interview in advance of the deadline.

Do I need to schedule a specific date and time to complete the interview?

No, you do not need to schedule a specific date and time to complete the video. You may complete the interview anytime between June 6, 2018, at 9 a.m. and July 15, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. ET, at your discretion. However, we recommend that you plan ahead and set aside a time that is convenient to complete the interview in advance of the deadline.

Are there any benefits or advantages for applicants who complete the interview earlier than the deadline?

No, there are no benefits or advantages for applicants who complete the interview earlier than the deadline. We encourage applicants to complete the interview as soon possible to prevent being impacted by unforeseen events or rushed at the last minute.

Are there any benefits or advantages for applicants who complete the interview earlier than the deadline?

No, there are no benefits or advantages for applicants who complete the interview earlier than the deadline. We encourage applicants to complete the interview as soon possible to prevent being impacted by unforeseen events or rushed at the last minute.

What should I do if I decide to apply to emergency medicine after the interview deadline has passed?

​​​​​Applicants who do not complete the interview by July 15, 2018, and who were not granted an extension, will not be permitted to take the SVI. You will not be barred from applying for a residency position in emergency medicine if you do not complete the Standardized Video Interview. However, the emergency medicine residency programs to which you apply will be aware that you did not complete the interview and may consider your application incomplete.

What should I do if I decide to apply to emergency medicine after the interview deadline has passed?

​​​​​Applicants who do not complete the interview by July 15, 2018, and who were not granted an extension, will not be permitted to take the SVI. You will not be barred from applying for a residency position in emergency medicine if you do not complete the Standardized Video Interview. However, the emergency medicine residency programs to which you apply will be aware that you did not complete the interview and may consider your application incomplete.

Is the SVI affiliated with current specialty-specific tools conducted outside the ERAS application?

The AAMC Standardized Video Interview is not affiliated with any of the specialty-specific tools and assessments that are conducted outside of, or subsequent to, the ERAS application (such as the Otolaryngology Phone Interview Talent Assessment (ORTA) or the Orthopedic Surgery Phone Interview tool).

Is the SVI affiliated with current specialty-specific tools conducted outside the ERAS application?

The AAMC Standardized Video Interview is not affiliated with any of the specialty-specific tools and assessments that are conducted outside of, or subsequent to, the ERAS application (such as the Otolaryngology Phone Interview Talent Assessment (ORTA) or the Orthopedic Surgery Phone Interview tool).

Will the deadline for completing the interview be extended for international medical graduates (IMG) because these applicants receive their MyERAS tokens later?

No, the deadline for completing the interview will not be extended for international medical graduates because they receive their MyERAS tokens later than graduates from U.S. medical schools.

Will the deadline for completing the interview be extended for international medical graduates (IMG) because these applicants receive their MyERAS tokens later?

No, the deadline for completing the interview will not be extended for international medical graduates because they receive their MyERAS tokens later than graduates from U.S. medical schools.

How much does the SVI cost?

There are no registration fees for the Standardized Video Interview for the ERAS 2019 season.

How much does the SVI cost?

There are no registration fees for the Standardized Video Interview for the ERAS 2019 season.

Take the SVI

How does the SVI process work?

  • Once a student indicates that he or she is interested in applying for a residency position at an ACGME-accredited emergency medicine program, an email invitation will be sent to that student via the email on file with MyERAS.
  • Using the unique interview code provided in the email, the student will access the interview platform and perform a technology check on the device that will be used to complete the SVI.
  • When the student is ready to complete the video interview, he or she will click "Get Started" and will receive the first question. Students will have up to 30 seconds to read the questions and up to three minutes to record their responses. 

View a detailed description of the interview process.

How does the SVI process work?

  • Once a student indicates that he or she is interested in applying for a residency position at an ACGME-accredited emergency medicine program, an email invitation will be sent to that student via the email on file with MyERAS.
  • Using the unique interview code provided in the email, the student will access the interview platform and perform a technology check on the device that will be used to complete the SVI.
  • When the student is ready to complete the video interview, he or she will click "Get Started" and will receive the first question. Students will have up to 30 seconds to read the questions and up to three minutes to record their responses. 

View a detailed description of the interview process.

Will applicants be able to interview more than once?

Requests to retake the video interview will only be considered in the event of a technical problem. Refer to Reporting a Technology Issue and the Standardized Video Interview Essentials for more information. 

Will applicants be able to interview more than once?

Requests to retake the video interview will only be considered in the event of a technical problem. Refer to Reporting a Technology Issue and the Standardized Video Interview Essentials for more information. 

Will applicants be able to take breaks between each question or do they have to complete all of the interview questions in one sitting?

Applicants receive six questions during the interview. They may complete all six questions in one sitting or they may complete any number of questions they choose, as long as all questions are completed by 11:59 p.m. ET on July 15, 2018. The break between questions may be as long as the applicant chooses.

Will applicants be able to take breaks between each question or do they have to complete all of the interview questions in one sitting?

Applicants receive six questions during the interview. They may complete all six questions in one sitting or they may complete any number of questions they choose, as long as all questions are completed by 11:59 p.m. ET on July 15, 2018. The break between questions may be as long as the applicant chooses.

Will I be able to do the video interview from my home computer?

The video can be completed on your home computer, a laptop, tablet or phone (although we do not recommend using a phone). The device only needs a web camera and internet. Since the vendor is making the interview available 24/7, and allows you to test using your chosen technology in your desired environment, we believe this added flexibility will enable students to complete the interview where you’re most comfortable and at a time that’s most convenient for you.

Will I be able to do the video interview from my home computer?

The video can be completed on your home computer, a laptop, tablet or phone (although we do not recommend using a phone). The device only needs a web camera and internet. Since the vendor is making the interview available 24/7, and allows you to test using your chosen technology in your desired environment, we believe this added flexibility will enable students to complete the interview where you’re most comfortable and at a time that’s most convenient for you.

Will I be able to take written notes during the interview?

Applicants may take notes during the question segments of the interview to help them organize their thoughts or to remind themselves of the points they'd like to make in their response. Keep in mind, however, that under no circumstances should notes or any information pertaining to the questions or responses be shared with anyone. Any notes taken during the video interview must be destroyed immediately following completion of the interview. 

Will I be able to take written notes during the interview?

Applicants may take notes during the question segments of the interview to help them organize their thoughts or to remind themselves of the points they'd like to make in their response. Keep in mind, however, that under no circumstances should notes or any information pertaining to the questions or responses be shared with anyone. Any notes taken during the video interview must be destroyed immediately following completion of the interview. 

Can I submit audio-only responses?

No, applicants must provide an audio/visual response to each question.

Can I submit audio-only responses?

No, applicants must provide an audio/visual response to each question.

How is the AAMC preventing applicants from saying they’re applying just to get the interview questions to share with friends who are applying in emergency medicine?

One of the areas that the interview covers is knowledge of professional behaviors; and we challenge applicants to integrate this tool into their ethical and professional sphere for the good of all applicants and program directors. Applicants who agree to the Standardized Video Interview Terms and Conditions certify that they will not collect, share, or in any way distribute the interview questions to anyone. Applicants are subject to an ERAS Investigation if found to have breached the security of the video interview. In addition, the AAMC has taken steps to develop an extensive question bank to address the issue of unfair advantage due to prior exposure.

How is the AAMC preventing applicants from saying they’re applying just to get the interview questions to share with friends who are applying in emergency medicine?

One of the areas that the interview covers is knowledge of professional behaviors; and we challenge applicants to integrate this tool into their ethical and professional sphere for the good of all applicants and program directors. Applicants who agree to the Standardized Video Interview Terms and Conditions certify that they will not collect, share, or in any way distribute the interview questions to anyone. Applicants are subject to an ERAS Investigation if found to have breached the security of the video interview. In addition, the AAMC has taken steps to develop an extensive question bank to address the issue of unfair advantage due to prior exposure.

Who should I contact if I experience difficulties while completing the interview?

The HireVue platform has a team of professionals ready to assist you 24/7 with any technical issues before or during your interview. Please email support@hirevue.com or call 1-800-655-4106 for help with technical difficulties while completing the interview.

Who should I contact if I experience difficulties while completing the interview?

The HireVue platform has a team of professionals ready to assist you 24/7 with any technical issues before or during your interview. Please email support@hirevue.com or call 1-800-655-4106 for help with technical difficulties while completing the interview.

SVI Scores

Who will score the interview?

The interview will be scored by human raters trained by the AAMC. Six raters evaluate each interview, with a different rater assigned to each question. This minimizes any one rater’s influence on the total interview score. Raters have completed the AAMC unconscious bias training, as well as training on the competencies being assessed, a standardized rating process, and the scoring rubric. As part of training, raters complete activities in which they discuss Program Directors’ ratings of example videos. This helps to ensure that raters make ratings that are consistent with Program Directors.

Who will score the interview?

The interview will be scored by human raters trained by the AAMC. Six raters evaluate each interview, with a different rater assigned to each question. This minimizes any one rater’s influence on the total interview score. Raters have completed the AAMC unconscious bias training, as well as training on the competencies being assessed, a standardized rating process, and the scoring rubric. As part of training, raters complete activities in which they discuss Program Directors’ ratings of example videos. This helps to ensure that raters make ratings that are consistent with Program Directors.

How will the interview be scored?

Each question response is rated by a trained rater using behaviorally anchored rating scales specifically designed for each competency. The rating scale ranges from a low of 1 to a high of 5. A total score is computed for each applicant that is the sum of the ratings from each question and ranges from 6 to 30.

How will the interview be scored?

Each question response is rated by a trained rater using behaviorally anchored rating scales specifically designed for each competency. The rating scale ranges from a low of 1 to a high of 5. A total score is computed for each applicant that is the sum of the ratings from each question and ranges from 6 to 30.

Will applicants be able to see their interview score?

Yes, Standardized Video Interview total scores will be distributed to applicants on September 1, 2018 (anticipated). More information about how interview total scores will be delivered to applicants will be communicated in summer 2018.

Will applicants be able to see their interview score?

Yes, Standardized Video Interview total scores will be distributed to applicants on September 1, 2018 (anticipated). More information about how interview total scores will be delivered to applicants will be communicated in summer 2018.

Will interview scores be sent to my medical school?

SVI scores will be released to the ERAS advisor at each medical school if you provide consent for your scores to be shared with your medical school when you take the SVI. SVI scores will be released to medical school on September 1, 2018 (anticipated).

Will interview scores be sent to my medical school?

SVI scores will be released to the ERAS advisor at each medical school if you provide consent for your scores to be shared with your medical school when you take the SVI. SVI scores will be released to medical school on September 1, 2018 (anticipated).

Will interview scores be sent automatically to programs to which I applied?

Yes, applicants’ total scores will be provided with the applicants' ERAS application to ACGME-accredited emergency medicine programs participating in the Standardized Video Interview operational pilot.

Will interview scores be sent automatically to programs to which I applied?

Yes, applicants’ total scores will be provided with the applicants' ERAS application to ACGME-accredited emergency medicine programs participating in the Standardized Video Interview operational pilot.

If I don’t match this year, will my interview scores be attached to next year’s application or do I have to retake the video interview?

Yes, SVI scores for applicants who reenter the residency selection process may be reported to ACGME-accredited programs that choose to use the Standardized Video Interview as part of their residency selection process for a total of three (3) ERAS seasons. Scores reported in ERAS 2019 will also be reported in ERAS 2020-2021 for those applicants who choose to reenter the residency selection process.

Please note that the individual programs will determine whether an applicant must complete the Standardized Video Interview for that ERAS season.

If I don’t match this year, will my interview scores be attached to next year’s application or do I have to retake the video interview?

Yes, SVI scores for applicants who reenter the residency selection process may be reported to ACGME-accredited programs that choose to use the Standardized Video Interview as part of their residency selection process for a total of three (3) ERAS seasons. Scores reported in ERAS 2019 will also be reported in ERAS 2020-2021 for those applicants who choose to reenter the residency selection process.

Please note that the individual programs will determine whether an applicant must complete the Standardized Video Interview for that ERAS season.

Does AAMC have statistics and data on SVI scores?

Yes, this information is reported annually. See SVI Research and Data for more information. 

Does AAMC have statistics and data on SVI scores?

Yes, this information is reported annually. See SVI Research and Data for more information. 

Research and Data

Is this tool a valid measure of these competencies and do applicant scores correlate with resident performance?

The AAMC has analyzed the results from the ERAS 2018 application season, looking very closely at parameters such as inter-rater agreement, group differences, and correlation of interview scores with USMLE Step 1 scores. The preliminary results from these psychometric measures are very promising. The AAMC also found that there are no or small correlations between an applicant’s Standardized Video Interview score and his/her most recent USMLE Step scores. This suggests that the Standardized Video Interview measures something different than academic competency, as was intended.

However, questions about correlation of an applicant’s Standardized Video Interview score to Match success, or to performance in a residency program cannot be answered without an operational pilot. Evaluating the Standardized Video Interview score in relationship to resident evaluations and other outcome data available in the residency program would enable us to more accurately answer these important questions.

Is this tool a valid measure of these competencies and do applicant scores correlate with resident performance?

The AAMC has analyzed the results from the ERAS 2018 application season, looking very closely at parameters such as inter-rater agreement, group differences, and correlation of interview scores with USMLE Step 1 scores. The preliminary results from these psychometric measures are very promising. The AAMC also found that there are no or small correlations between an applicant’s Standardized Video Interview score and his/her most recent USMLE Step scores. This suggests that the Standardized Video Interview measures something different than academic competency, as was intended.

However, questions about correlation of an applicant’s Standardized Video Interview score to Match success, or to performance in a residency program cannot be answered without an operational pilot. Evaluating the Standardized Video Interview score in relationship to resident evaluations and other outcome data available in the residency program would enable us to more accurately answer these important questions.

Do applicants from different demographic groups score differently on the SVI?

Data analyses from the ERAS 2018 application cycle indicated that female applicants scored slightly higher on the Standardized Video Interview; and that there were no significant group differences in scores by race/ethnicity. These group differences were smaller than the industry average for standardized tests. U.S. MD applicants scored higher than did U.S. DO and U.S. IMG and FMG applicants.

Do applicants from different demographic groups score differently on the SVI?

Data analyses from the ERAS 2018 application cycle indicated that female applicants scored slightly higher on the Standardized Video Interview; and that there were no significant group differences in scores by race/ethnicity. These group differences were smaller than the industry average for standardized tests. U.S. MD applicants scored higher than did U.S. DO and U.S. IMG and FMG applicants.

What role will computer scoring play in delivering interview scores to program directors?

If the Standardized Video Interview moves beyond the operational pilot stage and expands into specialties that have large applicant pools, it is unlikely that the AAMC could resource enough professional raters to score the interviews and make them available to program directors by mid-September when ACGME-accredited residency programs start receiving applications. As part of our current research strategy, the AAMC is exploring the possibility of computer scoring as a supplement to human scoring. During this operational pilot for the ERAS 2018 application season, the AAMC is conducting a parallel research project (without implications on applicants’ scores) to explore the possibilities of computer scoring. For the ERAS 2019 application cycle, the scores delivered to emergency medicine residency program directors would be provided by human raters only.

What role will computer scoring play in delivering interview scores to program directors?

If the Standardized Video Interview moves beyond the operational pilot stage and expands into specialties that have large applicant pools, it is unlikely that the AAMC could resource enough professional raters to score the interviews and make them available to program directors by mid-September when ACGME-accredited residency programs start receiving applications. As part of our current research strategy, the AAMC is exploring the possibility of computer scoring as a supplement to human scoring. During this operational pilot for the ERAS 2018 application season, the AAMC is conducting a parallel research project (without implications on applicants’ scores) to explore the possibilities of computer scoring. For the ERAS 2019 application cycle, the scores delivered to emergency medicine residency program directors would be provided by human raters only.

The Future of the SVI

Is the interview going to be expanded to other specialties beyond emergency medicine?

We’d like to see the results from stakeholder surveys as well as feedback from programs that the tool is indeed providing value – that it’s helping them to identify applicants they wouldn’t have ordinarily considered and are inviting them in for interviews. We are also interested in seeing whether the Standardized Video Interview score predicts how residents performed during the first year. If we continue to get positive results from the tool’s capabilities as well as the research we’re conducting, we’d like to see it continue.

Is the interview going to be expanded to other specialties beyond emergency medicine?

We’d like to see the results from stakeholder surveys as well as feedback from programs that the tool is indeed providing value – that it’s helping them to identify applicants they wouldn’t have ordinarily considered and are inviting them in for interviews. We are also interested in seeing whether the Standardized Video Interview score predicts how residents performed during the first year. If we continue to get positive results from the tool’s capabilities as well as the research we’re conducting, we’d like to see it continue.