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Frequently Asked Questions

When is your deadline for new applications?

Our deadline for new applications is November 4th. We cannot accept applications after that date unless there are extenuating circumstances. If that is the case, please contact our residency coordinator via our residency email at

How many letters of recommendation do I need to submit?

Please submit a minimum of three letters, with a maximum of four.

Do you require a Standardized Letter of Evaluation (SLOE)?

No. However, we strongly encourage you to obtain a SLOE from your home institution. This year, we hope to see at least one O-SLOE in your application in place of away sub-internship rotation letters.

Do all of my letters of recommendation need to be from emergency physicians?

No. At least one letter MUST be from an emergency medicine (EM) physician. We encourage you to ask for letters from faculty members with whom you have worked closely with and who will best be able to assess your clinical and/or research abilities. This year, we recognize that students will not have completed away rotations and encourage you to ask your non-EM letter writers to use the O-SLOE, available from CORD.

Is there a maximum number of letters of recommendation you will accept?

ERAS allows four letters to be uploaded to each residency program. We do not accept letters of recommendation submitted outside of ERAS.

How will I be notified if I am offered an interview?

All applicants will be notified by email via ERAS whether they have been offered an interview or not.

When will my application be considered complete? How does this status affect my interview offer?

Completed applications include the following items listed below. We do not typically offer interviews until applications are considered complete, but may make an offer with only two letters of recommendation if we believe we have enough information to assess your application.

  1. ERAS application
  2. Personal statement
  3. Medical school transcript
  4. Three letters of recommendation (minimum of one from an EM physician — SLOEs strongly encouraged)
  5. Dean’s letter

How are interview dates assigned?

Applicants who are invited to interview receive an email notification through ERAS. Official invitations are sent through Interview Broker, where applicants can manage their own calendar by self-scheduling and re-scheduling their interview date, if needed. Applicants also can wait-list themselves for alternate interview dates.

Do you offer a travel stipend for interviews?

We are not able to offer travel stipends.

Are there any activities the night before my interview?

Each Thursday evening during the interview season, there is a casual gathering for residents, applicants and their significant others – which this year will occur on Zoom. You will receive information about the gathering when we confirm your interview date.

Does your program accept international medical graduates?


What types of Visas do you offer foreign nationals?

The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine can only reliably sponsor incoming residents and fellows for J-1 ECFMG (Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates) Alien Physician Exchange Visitor statuses at this time. This applies to residents and fellows entering the school of medicine from abroad, as well as those in the U.S. with another non-immigrant status.

Do you have United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) score requirements and other specific qualification requirements for international medical graduates?

We do not have specific requirements for foreign medical graduates. Every application is considered on an individual basis. However, all international medical graduates must be certified by the ECFMG.

How do I sign up for a visiting rotation at Johns Hopkins?

Johns Hopkins is not offering in-person visiting rotations during the COVID-19 pandemic. To schedule any one of the virtual electives at Johns Hopkins, please contact our School of Medicine registrar at 410-955-3080 or email

Do you participate in the Doximity residency program ranking survey?

You may be aware of a ranking system of residency programs created by Doximity in conjunction with U.S. News & World Report. Although it may seem attractive to choose programs ranked highly on the Doximity list, we believe the methodology is questionable, and the results merely represent program popularity among physicians who are members of Doximity. This list may not serve you well. Because of our concerns that it does not provide you with appropriate and meaningful guidance in choosing a best-fit program, our program—and many other top-tier EM programs across the country—have opted not to participate in the Doximity survey.

How has COVID-19 affected the JHEM Residency program?

Similar to every other hospital in the country, the COVID-19 pandemic has altered our standard operating procedures in the Emergency Department and institution-wide.

The Johns Hopkins Emergency Department is very residency-focused, and as such, there have been regular communications between ED leadership and the residents to keep our residents informed, to answer questions, and to elicit feedback from residents on the front lines. During the early phases of the pandemic as changes were occurring almost daily, the program leadership maintained transparency by having daily updates and question/answer emails with Dr. Mustapha Saheed, our ED Medical Director, and weekly Zoom check-ins with Dr. Gabe Kelen, Department Chairman and Director of the hospital's center for Critical Event Preparedness and Response (CEPAR).

While our workflows have changed in the Emergency Departments, our residents, faculty and staff have been fortunate to practice in safe environments with a secure allotment of PPE. Our main ED at Johns Hopkins has the ability to turn on a negative airflow system allowing large areas for COVID-infected or COVID-suspected patients to be cared for safely. All residents are issued N95 and PAPR hoods which are replaced when needed. Gowns and face shields have been manufactured by Hopkins own engineering teams and are fully stocked and available for all staff.

While some off-service non-ED rotations have been affected by lower volumes (e.g. operative and in-patient procedural rotations), the residency has been working hard to ensure that residents have supplemental experiences or are rescheduled for critical rotations that have been altered by COVID-19. When our residents were pulled off non-ED rotations, they were brought back to the ED to work in their home department. We are confident that our residents are still receiving the same exceptional training that they always have despite the ongoing challenges of COVID-19.

We anticipate that our applicants will have many questions about the institution’s, department’s and residency program’s COVID-19 response and we look forward to answering these questions at your interview day.

The Johns Hopkins Department of Emergency Medicine Residency Program
1830 E. Monument Street, Suite 6-100
Baltimore, MD 21287 · 410-955-5107