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How to Assess Resident Applicants' Core Competencies

Julie McCoy, for HealthLeaders Media, January 7, 2011

Assign a point value to each element of the ERAS application, such as: 

  • MSPE
  • Academic abilities
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Research experience
  • Publications
  • Personal statement
  • CV
  • Volunteer experience
  • Work experience

Rate candidates on each item by creating a scale that has specific objective anchors associated with each score. For example, if you want to score the practice-based learning and improvement competency by looking at research, the scale may include the following ratings and anchors:

  • 5 (highest): First author on published work
  • 4: Publications
  • 3: Posters, abstracts, papers
  • 2: Submitted research but not published
  • 1: No research

To measure professionalism, consider scoring the personal statement and CV. A five-point scale might include:

  • 5 (highest): Well-written and focused
  • 4: Very good
  • 3: Average
  • 2: Somewhat poor (grammatical errors)
  • 1: Poorly written
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5

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