Residency Recruiting in the Time of COVID

It’s that time of year again – residency recruiting season! But this year, things will look very different, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. We talk with Dr. David Barnes, Emergency Medicine Residency Program Director at UC Davis, about some of the challenges for both applicants and residency leadership. He also offers some sound advice for students applying in EM – most importantly, be yourself and be flexible; this format is new to everyone. 

Do you have questions or concerns about the residency application and interview process this year?  Send us your thoughts on social media @empulsepodcast, or through our website,

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Dr. Julia Magaña, Associate Professor of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at UC Davis

Dr. Sarah Medeiros, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at UC Davis


Dr. David Barnes, Professor of Emergency Medicine and Emergency Medicine Residency Program Director Equity at UC Davis


UC Davis Emergency Medicine Residency Program

Hammoud MM, Standiford T, Carmody JB. Potential Implications of COVID-19 for the 2020-2021 Residency Application Cycle [published online ahead of print, 2020 Jun 3]. JAMA. 2020;10.1001/jama.2020.8911. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.8911

ACEP Concensus Statement on the 2020-2021 Residency Application Process for U.S. Medical Students Planning Carter’s in Emergency Medicine in the Main Residency Match


Thank you to the UC Davis Department of Emergency Medicine for supporting this podcast and to Orlando Magaña at OM Audio Productions for audio production services.

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