AAMC Standardized Video Interview

Emergency Medicine Operational Pilot for the ERAS 2018 Application Season


Register Now: June 5 Webinar for Emergency Medicine Residency Applicants: Preparing for the Standardized Video Interview

To provide students with an opportunity to learn more about the Standardized Video Interview and to ask questions about the tool and the operational pilot for emergency medicine, the AAMC will host a live webinar for students on June 5, 1-2 p.m., ET. Register here.

Note: The AAMC will join the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) for a special webinar on May 24 specifically intended to provide international medical graduates with an opportunity to ask questions about the AAMC Standardized Video Interview. More information about this webinar.


In an effort to improve the transition to residency process, the AAMC has launched an operational pilot program with the ACGME-accredited emergency medicine community to further assess the use of the Standardized Video Interview in the residency application and selection process.

The Standardized Video interview is an innovative tool that enables applicants to share objective, performance-based information about themselves, beyond academic metrics, to add breadth and depth to their application, as well as to provide residency program directors with additional information to assess applicants.

Following a one-year, IRB-approved research study to confirm the validity and reliability of the Standardized Video Interview, the AAMC is now using this tool in an operational pilot program with the emergency medicine community for the ERAS 2018 application season.

The academic emergency medicine community has endorsed the use of the Standardized Video interview during the ERAS 2018 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 2018 application.

The Standardized Video Interview is comprised of six questions around two ACGME competencies: knowledge of professional behaviors, and interpersonal and communication skills.  The interviews are scored by trained third party raters, and those scores (along with the applicant videos) are then provided to the emergency medicine residency program directors, to which the applicant has applied, as an assessment of applicants’ behavioral competencies. The Standardized Video Interview scores are standard, objective, and triangulate with the Standardized Letter of Evaluation and other data available within the ERAS application.

EM Timeline   Activity

May 1, 2017

Applicants who wish to request an accommodation may begin submitting the required paperwork

June 6, 2017, 9 a.m. ET

MyERAS portal opens; applicants register by indicating intent to apply in emergency medicine

June 6 - July 31, 2017       

Rolling emails sent to applicants inviting them to complete the video interview online

July 31, 2017, 11:59 p.m. ET

Deadline to complete the video interview

June - September 14, 2017  Interviews are reviewed and scored by third party

August 2017

Residency program staff receive training on: use of the video interview and use of the scores

September 15, 2017 (anticipated)

Score made available to applicants

September 15, 2017 (anticipated) Scores and access to videos begin to be made available to programs based on whether the applicant has released the ERAS application to the program




Contact residencyinterview@aamc.org.

AAMC Standardized Video Interview with Accommodations

The AAMC is committed to diversity and inclusion in academic medicine.  That includes ensuring the Standardized Video Interview is accessible to persons with disabilities in accordance with relevant law.  Please review The AAMC Standardized Video Interview: Essentials for more information about standard interview conditions. 
If you believe you require an adjustment to the conditions of the Standardized Video Interview, please apply for accommodations as soon as possible.  To apply, complete and submit the Standardized Video Interview: Accommodations Request Form as indicated on the form.  Please email residencyinterview@aamc.org for additional information or assistance at least thirty (30) days in advance of your interview.

The AAMC Standardized Video Interview: Essentials

The AAMC Standardized Video Interview: Essentials is required reading for all interviewees. The Essentials outline the Standardized Video Interview program, including interview format, content, scoring, registration instructions, and terms and conditions. The Essentials also includes information regarding the requirements for requesting an extension and reporting a technology concern.

Tips for Preparing for the Standardized Video Interview

Find information to help applicants prepare for and complete the video interview.

AAMC Standardized Video Interview Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to the most common questions about the Standardized Video Interview.

Presentation to medical school student affairs advisors on the Standardized Video Interview

Find an overview of the Standardized Video Interview, results of the ERAS 2017 research study, and a summary the operational pilot for the ERAS 2018 application cycle.