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AFMC Update for Students

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August 25, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has created unique challenges for all stakeholders involved in the 2021 R1 match. Below you will find updates on key initiatives:

Structured reference letters

At its August 13th 2021 meeting, the AFMC Resident Matching Committee (ARMC) approved the structured reference letters developed for the Family Medicine (FM) and Emergency Medicine (EM) disciplines.*

 

The FM letter will be used by all FM programs starting with the 2022 R1 match.  It will be integrated into the CaRMS platform and will be available when the CaRMS platform opens on October 4th 2021.

 

The EM letter will be used by all EM programs that require a reference letter for the 2022 R1 match. For those programs that require a reference letter, it will be accessible in the EM program descriptions .

 

 

* The ARMC approves the use of a letter by a given discipline, but does not assess its content.

Past issue resources

Recommendations of the AFMC Resident Matching Committee (ARMC) subcommittee on File Review and Applications. Recommendations approved by the AFMC Board of Directors. 

 

 

***Clarification: Some of the changes to the MSPR suggested in the ARMC SubCommittee on Applicaton and File Review, approved by the AFMC Board of Directors on October 27, 2020 may not be fully implemented by the medical schools in time for Match 2021. Please refer to the specific recommendations below: 

  1. MEDICAL STUDENT PERFORMANCE RECORD: a. All 17 medical schools adhere to the national MSPR template developed by the MSPR Working Group. This may not yet be implemented for all schools for Match 2021. b. All 17 medical schools use a common standardized approach and the same criteria in documenting professionalism issues on the MSPR. This has not yet been implemented for Match 2021. c. All 17 medical schools include narrative comments on the MSPR. This may not yet be implemented for all schools for Match 2021

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