ADIEM Webinar Series – How to Be a Successful EM Applicant:

Making Your ERAS Program List


  • Applicant
    • Introspection on personal competitiveness
    • Discussion about expressing your “true-self” in the application to allow from self-selection from the program side of things
    • Identify what matters most to you as an applicant
  • The Data
    • Number of applications/interviews
    • Consensus statement review
    • Define “competitive” programs?
    • How do we address Doximity?
    • Competitive is not Good
    • Program differences-Format
  • Strategy
    • Having a mix of “competitiveness” of programs
    • Choosing where to interview
    • Personal factors
    • Geography
    • Mentorship opportunities
  • What Does The Applicant Review Actually Look Like 
    • What does a holistic review look like
  • Resources
    • EMRA Match
    • SAEM Residency Directory
    • FREIDA
    • TStar
    • AAMC Resident Explorer
    • Mentors


Harsh Sule, M.D., M.P.P.Harsh Sule, MD, MPP


Harsh Sule, MD, MPP is Residency Program Director,  Associate Director for the Office of Global Health at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in Newark, NJ. His areas of interest include global health and social EM, and he has been active in advising/mentorship at the undergraduate and graduate medical education levels for over 10 years.

HeadshotAmanda K. Irish, MD, MPH 

Amanda is a second year EM resident who successfully matched at UConn. She is from a working-class city in Iowa and went to the University of Iowa for her undergraduate and graduate studies before going on to attend medical school at OHSU in Portland, OR. She is also a USMC veteran and was the first in her family to graduate from college. As a non-traditional, lower SES applicant, with mediocre board scores and grades, she faced an uphill battle herself during application season. She enjoys working with students who face struggles leading up to their match. 


Lewis_Nathan_5x7Nathan J. Lewis, MD

Nate Lewis obtained his undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering at the University of Virginia and his medical degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. Upon completion of emergency medicine residency at VCU, Dr. Lewis stayed on as faculty. He now serves as the director for M3 and M4 emergency medicine rotations in the medical school and as an assistant program director for the residency program. Additionally, Dr. Lewis is actively involved in undergraduate medical education and medical student advising through the Clerkship Directors in Emergency Medicine. He has served on several national committees and is a member of the CORD Advising Students Committee in EM. Dr. Lewis is also the creator and cohost of the EM Stud Podcast, a podcast for medical students interested in emergency medicine which covers a wide range of topics and includes guests from all over the country. His professional interests include undergraduate and graduate medical education, social media, and simulation.

Adam Kellogg, MD

Ava Pierce, MDAva Pierce, MD

Ava E. Pierce, MD, FACEP completed her undergraduate degree at Louisiana State University and earned her medical degree at Louisiana State University School of Medicine at Shreveport. She completed an emergency medicine residency at Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Pierce is the Associate Chair of Diversity and Inclusion for the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and an Emergency Medicine attending at Parkland Health and Hospital Systems. She is the Director of the Emergency Medicine Research Associate Program and the Co-Director of the Joint Admission Medical Program (JAMP) at UT Southwestern. She also serves as a member of UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Medical School Admissions Committee and is a faculty liaison for Housestaff Emerging Academy of Leaders (HEAL), which focuses on professional development and mentoring for residents and fellows from under-represented groups. Her research interests include medical education, diversity and inclusion, and cardiac resuscitation. She completed the Medical Education Research Certificate (MERC) Program and the AAMC s Healthcare Executive Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program and is committed to making innovative changes that will enhance diversity and inclusion and improve excellence in health care, thus strengthening a diverse workforce that will provide culturally competent quality medical care to all. She served as the President for the Academy for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Medicine (ADIEM), in 2018 – 2019.

thumbnailAl'ai Alvarez, MD

Dr. Al'ai Alvarez is a clinical assistant professor of Emergency Medicine (EM) and an assistant residency program director (APD) at the Stanford Emergency Medicine Residency Program. He is the APD for Residency Process Improvement (Quality and Clinical Operations), Recruitment (Diversity), and Well-being (Inclusion). Dr. Alvarez focuses on the interdependence of wellbeing with performance improvement on patient experience, quality and patient safety, diversity, equity and inclusion, and medical education. Dr. Alvarez has given several grand rounds and national conference lectures and workshops on relevant topics in gratitude and compassion, physician wellbeing, burnout, the imposter syndrome, as well as increasing leadership capacity and mentorship to enhance diversity and inclusion. 

Dr. Alvarez is also the co-chair of the Stanford WellMD's Physician Wellness Forum and is one of the peer supporters for WellMD's Physician Resource Network (PRN) Support for faculty and trainees. Nationally, Dr. Alvarez serves on committees on physician wellbeing and diversity, equity and inclusion in medical education. He is the co-chair of the Council of EM Residency Directors (CORD) Wellness Leadership Mini-Fellowship, the American College of Emergency Physician (ACEP) Diversity, Inclusion and Health Equity (DIHE) Diversity Mentorship Initiative co-chair, and also serves as a mentor at the Academic Life in Emergency Medicine (ALiEM) Faculty Incubator. 

Taku Taira, MD

IMG_3068Joel Moll, MD

Joel Moll is residency Program Director and Associate Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University. He previously served as Associate Program Director at the University of Michigan, and Assistant Program Director and Administration Fellowship Director at Emory University. Although always interested in education, Dr. Moll started his career in operations, and was medical director at Cleveland Clinic Florida and the University of Florida Gainesville prior to joining residency leadership. He has published multiple peer reviewed articles and textbook chapters, presents internationally and nationally, and has served on many national committees. He is Past President of the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine’s Academy of Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Medicine, and an oral boards examiner for the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He was recently honored to be named the VCU Health Leadership in Medical Education Residency Director of the year, and the recipient of the VCU School of Medicine Leonard Tow Humanism Award. Interests include graduate medical education, curriculum development, diversity and inclusion, and evidence-based medicine.