Standardized Video Interview (SVI) For Emergency Medicine ERAS Residency Application 2018

Standardized Video Interview (SVI) For Emergency Medicine Residency Application

(Content Updated: May 29, 2018)

The Standardized Video Interview (SVI) was initially tested during the 2016-17 Application Cycle. The SVI was then implemented as a mandatory requirement for all Emergency Medicine residency applicants during the 2017-18 Residency Application Cycle and will continue to be a requirement for EM candidates during the 2018-19 Application Cycle.

Below is a general guide to the most important information you need to know about the SVI.

What is the Standardized Video Interview (SVI)?

The Standardized Video Interview (SVI) is a recorded interview that will be an additional component of your Emergency Medicine 2019 ERAS Application. It is meant to objectively measure two major ACGME Competencies: Professionalism and Interpersonal and Communication skills and potentially access applicant information that may be difficult to attain in other parts of the residency application.

Why is the SVI (still) being implemented?

AAMC is hoping that the beta-testing years will provide valuable information about the validity of the project and how well the video scores will reflect performance in residency. The use of the Emergency Medicine applicant pool was endorsed by the Emergency Medicine medical community.

How to Get Started

Getting started with your SVI is fairly simple. First, you will need to register with ERAS when Tokens become available to you (June 7th for USMGs and June 21st for IMGs). On your MyERAS Dashboard, you will be asked if you are planning on applying to Emergency Medicine programs, “Yes” or “No.” If you select, “Yes,” you will be sent an email invitation within 24 hours containing a unique access code and a link to the interview platform. You will use the code to access the interview platform and do a technology check.

Interview Format and Procedure

Once you have accessed the interview platform, you may complete your SVI. During the SVI, candidates will be asked 6 questions that are either behavioral or situational. The total interview time will take about 25-30 minutes.

The interview will proceed in the following steps:

  1. Applicants will read the Interview Agreement (Untimed)
  2. Introductory Video (Optional)
  3. Technology check (Untimed)
  4. Practice Attempts (Untimed)
  5. A question will be posed for the applicant to read and reflect (30 seconds maximum each)
  6. The applicant will record a response (3 minutes maximum each)
  7. After recording an answer, applicants can choose to move on or take an untimed break
  8. Continue until you have completed all of the questions
  9. Post Interview Survey (Optional)

Interview Scoring

Each question will be rated by a different AAMC-trained rater on a scale of 1 (low) to 5 (high) with a total range of 6 to 30. You score will become available for you to view (potentially) September 15th. Your video and scores will be automatically submitted to programs. You will not be allowed to ask for a rescore. If the SVI is implemented in the future, reapplicants will retain their SVI for future application cycles.

Sample Questions from AAMC (Source)

Questions during the SVI will be broken down into two categories: behavioral and situational. These questions will be posed to test your proficiency in Interpersonal and Communication Skills and Professionalism. Below are some sample questions from the Tips for the SVI.

Interpersonal and Communication Skills

  1. How have you handled dealing with some of your more challenging patients? What specific actions did you take? What was the outcome?
  2. Give an example of a time when you were successful in communicating a difficult message. What was the message? How did you communicate it? What was the outcome?
  3. Imagine you are leading a multidisciplinary team composed of professionals with different areas of expertise. How would you make sure everyone works together effectively?

Knowledge of Professional Behaviors

  1. One of your patients refuses treatment because it is incompatible with the patient’s religious beliefs. How would you handle the situation?
  2. Tell me about a time when you noticed a mistake or an error that had been made. How did you identify this mistake or error, and what action did you take?
  3. You have just received the test results for your patient that indicate the patient’s disease has progressed beyond any available treatment. How would you deliver the news?

General Tips, Notes and Suggestions

  • Be sure to read The AAMC Standardized Video Interview: Essentials for the ERAS® 2019 Season in order to fully understand the SVI
  • Treat this video like any other phone or Skype residency interview
    • Body language is almost as important as what you say, read more about body language
    • Dress for an interview
    • Practice! Consider using Skype or another video chat to get used to being on camera and be sure to time your answer to fit within 3 minutes
    • Review your CV and any other application materials  
  • Applicants will not be able to view their recorded answer (ever)
  • The SVI does not replace a face-to-face residency interview
  • Remember patient confidentiality while answering, do not give any specific details about a past patient Ex. Mentioning a patient’s name
  • Even if you are not completely sure you want to apply to Emergency Medicine programs, you are STRONGLY encouraged to complete the SVI
  • Technically, you can still apply to Emergency Medicine programs without the SVI, but it will make your application incomplete in the eyes of programs
  • Review violations of the Interview Agreement carefully
    • For example, applicants may not describe the exact content of the interview questions  
  • Your testing environment should:
    • Be quiet, clean, well-lit and disturbance-free
    • Have a stable internet connection
  • Requests to re-record your interview will only be considered if you had a technical issue. If you experience technical issues, you can report them to (must be reported within 5 calendar days of submission)
  • Read more tips here

Important Dates and Deadlines**

May 1, 2018 – The first day to submit paperwork for accommodations

June 7, 2018 – ERAS Opens (USMGs may obtain their ERAS Tokens)

June 21, 2018 – ECFMG begins providing ERAS Tokens to IMGs

July 15, 2018 – Deadline to complete your SVI online by 11:59 p.m. (EST)

August 2018 – All videos will be evaluated and scored

August 30, 2018 – Deadline to submit a Request for Extension

September 15, 2018 – Scores will become available to applicants + submitted to residency programs

**All dates subject to change, be sure to check the SVI page on AAMC periodically for any changes

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Sources and Resources

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