ARMC Emergency Medicine FAQ

1. How many applicants are offered interviews?
• 50-60

2. How many spots are there per PGY-1 class?
• 8 spots

3. Is the ARMC EM program AOA or ACGME accredited?
• ​Currently ARMC Emergency medicine residency is AOA accredited with planned ACGME accreditation by 2018.
• 2018 will be the first year that ARMC EM will be accepting MD applications for PGY-1 positions.

4. What COMLEX or USMLE scores do I need to receive and interview?
• Need a score >475 for an interview.
• Or USMLE score must be >220.

5. Do I need COMLEX II or USMLE II for my application?
• Must have Part/Level I to apply. You will need to complete and pass part/level II to start residency.

6. Do I have to complete COMLEX I and II to be ranked?
• You MUST complete and submit official scores for COMLEX I, COMLEX II CE and PE before being eligible to be ranked at Arrowhead.
• Or you MUST complete and submit official scores for USMLE I, USMLE II CK and CS to be eligible for ranking at Arrowhead

7. If I didn’t do well on COMLEX/USMLE I, can I still get in?
• We take people that are good fits for EM. We’d rather have an A personality and B grades.

8. If I took USMLE, should I report my scores to Arrowhead and other DO programs?
• If you took the test, report it.

9. What does the interview day consist of?
• There are a total of 5 interviews ranging between one-on-one with an attending and a 2-3 person panel made up of residents. You will also attend the resident didactic lecture for a few hours between interviews. We use this time for us to get to know you better and for you to get to know us better. Please ask ANY question during interview day; we want applicants to be as well informed as possible about our program. Four years is a long time to spend at a place; make an informed decision.

10. What should I do on my rotation to make a good impression?
• Work hard, be involved, and most importantly, be yourself. Being in Emergency Medicine requires you to be flexible and adapt to new situations. A vital skill for an ER resident is to be a fast-learner. Ask yourself if you will enjoy practicing Emergency Medicine for the rest of your career. Determine if ARMC is a “good fit” for you and a place you would be happy to spend the next 4 years.

11. When should I do my audition rotation?
• If you wish to rotate with us, July – Dec is the prime time to rotate. We start interviews the end of September and end late November.

12. Do students get to do a lot at Arrowhead?
• We expect a lot from our auditioning students. Being proactive (not only when it comes to procedures, but getting the charting done and keeping your resident up to date on the patient’s progress) is highly appreciated. Hard work and performance is often rewarded with procedures. However, PGY-1’s will get preference on higher level procedures. Overall, we follow a hierarchy of delegating procedures, however our seniors are never in need of getting procedures and are always willing to give the first shot to PGY-1’s and even students. Please keep in mind our ER residents love performing procedures. Hard work and enthusiasm generally leads to more hands on involvement.

13. How many students rotate through the ER in a month?
• We take 22 students at any one time. Some schools have a 6-week rotation and others have 4. We try to accommodate anyone who seriously wants to rotate with us.

14. Which other hospitals do the residents rotate through?
• Residents rotate at Riverside County Regional Medical Center (RCRMC) during PGY-1 for anesthesia. On anesthesia RCRMC we average 4-5 intubations a day and learn essentials of airway management. Residents rotate in EM at St. Bernardine’s in San Bernardino (on average 1 code and 1 STEMI per day) once in their PGY-2 year. There is also an EMS rotation where we have the opportunity to go on EMS ride alongs with both ground EMS, county sherifs department and Air EMS services. Residents also do Peds EM at Loma Linda in their PGY-3 year. All other rotations are at Arrowhead.

15. Is the entire first year of residency at Arrowhead?
• Yes, with the exception of 2 weeks of anesthesia at Riverside County Regional Medical Center.

16. What other specialties do you have to rotate through during the entire residency?
• Residents rotate within Internal Medicine, MICU, OB/Gyn, Pediatrics, General Surgery, EMS (flight is available), SICU, Orthopaedics, Peds EM, ENT, Administrative month and electives throughout their 4 years. Each year the resident spends more time in the Emergency Department.