Frequently Asked Questions - Medical Students
The SLOE is a standardized letter of evaluation that will become part of your EM residency application in ERAS. The instrument was developed as an evaluative tool to provide a global perspective on an applicant’s candidacy for emergency medicine training by providing meaningful comparisons to peers.
The SLOE provides an overall perspective on what a candidate offers to a training program, including non-cognitive characteristics such as maturity, professionalism, leadership, compassion, initiative and enthusiasm.
At The University of Arizona, College of Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine, we provide a committee SLOE that is co-written by the Clerkship Director and the Core Medical Student Teaching Faculty (CMSTF). Students from The University of Arizona as well as visiting students who complete rotations in EM/Critical Care and EM Sub-I/Acting Internship will receive a SLOE during the interview season. If you complete both the EM/critical care rotation and the Acting Internship, we will provide a SLOE that includes data from both rotations. Due to the limited ability to evaluate a student while on non-patient care rotations, we are unable to provide a SLOE for students who only participate in toxicology, ultrasound, EMS, wilderness medicine, research or other EM-related electives. While traditional letters of recommendation from individual faculty can certainly support a student’s application, the U of A committee SLOEs will be the only SLOEs written from our Department.
How do I request a SLOE?
You will be provided with a SLOE request form to fill out during orientation. You may also download one here <link>
- Fill in the information at the top of the form with your AAMC ID, Name and date. Clerkship Director, Dr. Katherine Hiller, will be listed as the letter writer.
- Indicate whether or not you waive the right to see this letter. (We will write the same SLOE regardless of this choice, however if you waive your right to see the letter, NO ONE will communicate the SLOEs contents explicitly or in any other way to you.)
- Fill in the designated Dean’s Office information at the bottom of the form if you are a visiting student so our office knows where to send your completed SLOE. That office will be responsible for uploading your SLOE to ERAS. UA students will have their SLOE forwarded to the U of A Dean’s office.
- Give the completed form to our Clerkship Coordinator, Kristina Waters.
No, the first 3 days of orientation are mandatory so you would need to reschedule the orientation if you are not able to attend. The remainder of the block schedule is flexible and can be adjusted based on other commitments.
Our department hosts three Emergency Medicine residency programs, two categorical Emergency Medicine programs and one combined Emergency Medicine/Pediatrics program.
The interview process for these three programs is slightly different for each. You are welcome to apply to any or all of the programs and can interview for any or all of the programs while on your Emergency Medicine Rotation. You must apply through ERAS and interview for each program you wish to be considered for. Please note that each program has its own NRMP identification number that you must select in ERAS and eventually, in your rank list.
If you wish to interview while rotating here, we encourage you to start making arrangements for interviews early on in your rotation as all of our faculty have busy schedules and it may take some time to find interview times that work both with the faculties’ schedules and your clinical schedules. You are encouraged to dress casually for your interviews.
For the University Campus-based categorical program:
Your interviews may be held any time while you are here and you should choose the two faculty members with whom you would like to interview. In addition, you should interview with the University based program director, Dr. Fiorello. You should make arrangements with those two faculty members and Dr. Fiorello directly (firstname.lastname@example.org). For your convenience here is the link for our faculty listing: http://emergencymed.arizona.edu/our-faculty
Please call Veronica Calderon (program manager) at 520-626-7233 to inform her of the dates and faculty you choose to meet with.
For the South Campus-based categorical program:
Contact Gisela Aaron (program coordinator) 520-626-5582 to schedule interviews with South Campus program director Dr. Stoneking. You should make arrangements with two other faculty members in addition to interviewing with Dr. Stoneking.
For the Combined EM/Peds program:
Contact EM/Peds program director Dr. Woolridge (email@example.com) to arrange interviews with him and a Pediatric faculty member. Contact Dr. Fiorello directly to schedule an interview with him.
Emergency Medicine/Critical Care, Toxicology and EM Subinternship are the only electives that accept out-of-state students at this time.
You will be working at both UAMC - University Campus and UAMC - South Campus and will need to commute to both locations. Public transportation is available but may be challenging for a night shift.