Thank you for your interest in our Emergency Medicine/Family Medicine Residency Program. We are delighted that you are scheduled for an interview and can’t wait to meet you!
ChristianaCare is one of American’s largest non-sectarian health care systems. We are an Independent Academic Medical Center, and residents and their education is truly a priority of our health system. Our Emergency Medicine/Family Medicine Residency Program has been in operation since 2007, and we were the first allopathic program in the nation.
Our goal at ChristianaCare Emergency Medicine/Family Medicine is to offer a truly cutting-edge, unprecedented opportunity for residents who want to pursue dual training and dual board eligibility in Emergency Medicine and Family Medicine. Our curriculum continuously builds on knowledge and experience and develops confident, innovative leaders.
Due to travel challenges and corporate restrictions as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, all programs in our Institution have committed to virtual interviews. This does mean that the structure of our interview day is new (and improved!) for this recruitment season, and we are working hard to ensure that this experience is as close to our in-person experience as possible.
If there are any changes to your interview day, we do promise to contact you by email. You will be contacted by a resident via text message the evening prior to your interview just to check in on your and to see if we can be helpful. We are committed to virtual social events to connect our applicants and residents so please do join us as your schedule permits.
We understand that connecting with actual residents in person is so incredibly important, and that the connections that will help you when it comes time to finalize your rank list are going to be very different this year. We are missing those touch points too and will do all we can to ensure personal connection as best as possible.
Format of our day
If you are selected for an interview, you will receive an invitation from Interview Broker. We will be offering 5 interview dates and are doing our best to respect all time zones throughout the process. You will be meeting with leadership from both the Departments of Emergency Medicine and Family Medicine, and so if you haven’t prepared an answer yet, please do be prepared to speak about “why do you want to do EMFM” to basically every interviewer. And yes, we chat at the end of the day so consistency will be key!
Once you schedule an interview with us, you will receive a detailed email from Interview Broker with details on ZOOM links for your date, your interviewers, the timing of the day and other pertinent information.
At this time, the Emergency Medicine/Family Medicine Residency Program is taking a thoughtful approach to offering applicants Second Looks. We wish that it were not so complex this year, but we are working to follow institutional guidelines and respect applicants travel ability. If you are interested in a second look after your interview day, please reach out to our coordinator, Lindsay Green.
Meet your Recruitment Team
- Erin Kavanaugh, M.D.
- Valerie Cohen, D.O.
- Ellen Finney, M.D.
- Greg Esparza, M.D., PhD
Senior Recruitment Chair
- Mary Voelker, D.O.
Junior Recruitment Co-Chair
- Lindsay Green
EM/FM Program Coordinator
Application and Selection Notes
The one benefit to the delayed start of this interview season is that when the time comes for us to log in to ERAS and begin reviewing your applications, everything will be there! We are so excited that applications will be fully complete from day one.
This means that we can very quickly offer interviews this year – please be assured that if you receive an invitation to interview at our program any time after October 21, 2020, we have reviewed your application in its entirety.
If you do not receive an invitation to interview rapidly, please be assured that this has absolutely nothing to do with the strength of your application or your skillset as a physician-to be. It just means we received a lot of applications and are thoughtfully working our way through them! We want to be respectful of all of your individual attributes and thus allocate appropriate time as needed based on the size of the applicant pool.
- As no one has to travel this year, it is possible that the applicant pool is larger than predicted!
We do look forward to reviewing your applications, and even if we are ultimately unable to offer you an interview spot, we wish you the best of luck this interview season!
If we don’t get a chance to tell you, virtually or in person, THANK YOU for choosing Emergency Medicine/Family Medicine!
Helpful Information for Your Interview Day
Certainly, this rapid pivot to virtual interviews has been a learning curve for all of us. We remain committed to supporting any individual needs or accommodations that we can provide, even from afar. We are also big fans of planning ahead! We would be delighted to help you with any accommodations and advanced preparation for Interview Day and would prefer to do so before the day of arrives!
- If you would like to talk to us about making sure your schedule has a dedicated break (perhaps you are a breastfeeding/pumping parent!), please reach out to Lindsay Green in advance to discuss!
- We would much rather plan ahead than scramble on interview day, and we are confident you will have a better, less stressful day if we take the time up front to discuss.
We will be doing all of our scheduling through Interview Broker – please schedule your interview as promptly as possible. We do not offer more interviews than slots available, however, there is usually a smattering of invited folks who ultimately are invited but do not schedule an interview, and we would rather see a ‘decline’ than a ‘invitation remains unopened’ – so we can extend an invitation to another prospective applicant!