APCCMPD Recommendation on 2021-22 Applicant Interviews

Read the full recommendation here.

2021/22 Recruitment Cycle Timeline

  • July 21, 2021: Fellowship programs may begin reviewing applications
  • August 25, 2021: Match Registration Opens
  • September 29, 2021: Ranking Opens
  • November 3, 2021: Quota Change Deadline
  • November 17, 2021: Rank Order List Certification Deadline
  • December 1, 2021: Match Day
  • July 1, 2022: Training Begins

IM-CCM NRMP Match FAQDownload here and here.

IM-CCM NRMP Match Orientation View Here

Pearls and Pitfalls of Virtual Interviews Listen Here | Watch Here

Emerging your Fellowship from the COVID 19 Pandemic Series: Virtual Interviews Listen Here

Implementing a Holistic Approach to Fellowship Selection  Listen Here | Watch Here

Organizing and Scheduling Virtual Interviews Watch Here

Interviews and ERAS Tutorial Watch Here


APCCMPD Advocacy on Applicant Recruitment 

APCCMPD Recommendation on Interviews for the 2021/2022 Recruitment Cycle

May 28, 2021
The Association of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Program Directors (APCCMPD) consists of program leaders from Critical Care Medicine (CCM), Pulmonary Medicine, and Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine (PCCM), representing 96% of ACGME-accredited fellowships in these subspecialties. As part of our mission, the APCCMPD takes a vested interest in all aspects of fellowship recruitment. In May 2021, the APCCMPD assembled an Interview Task Force to make recommendations for fellowship interviews. As a community of  CCM, Pulmonary, and PCCM programs, we feel it is critical to have a uniform interview process to ensure equity and embody trainee-centric approaches. The APCCMPD recommends to our community that CCM, Pulmonary, and PCCM fellowship interviews should be held exclusively virtually for all applicants in 2021-2022. Read the full recommendation here

Resources for Your Program
To ensure that applicants understand the rationale for not offering in-person interviews or site visits the APCCMPD encourages you to place the following language and link on your Fellowship Program's websites where applicants will visit: 

"In alignment with the Association of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Program Directors (APCCMPD), our national professional society, and to ensure a uniform interview process that is equitable to all applicants, our fellowship interviews for applicants in 2021-2022 will be held exclusively virtually. We will not offer in-person site visits. The full recommendation is available here." [https://apccmpd.memberclicks.net/assets/Advocacy/APCCMPD_2021_Interview_Recommendations%205.27.21.pdf]

APCCMPD Applies to the NRMP for an IM-CCM Match

March 25, 2021

In January 2020, the Association of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Program Directors (APCCMPD) Multi-society Uniform Match Policy Task Force convened a summit to discuss the advantages, barriers, concerns and possible ways forward toward developing a match for Internal Medicine-Critical Care Medicine (IM-CCM) fellowships. The discussion at the summit revealed a common desire to reduce candidate stress and to encourage a fair recruitment system that finds a good fit between program and candidate.

Subsequently, in December of 2020 the task force surveyed IM-CCM Program Directors to determine if 75% of the IM-CCM programs would agree to participating in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) allocating 75% of the total positions. The survey results indicated that the collective participation of IM-CCM fellowship programs would support these Match requirements allowing the APCCMPD to pursue and sponsor the IM-CCM participation in the Match. The NRMP has approved APCCMPD's application to sponsor IM-CCM in the NRMP match for the 2021 appointment year.  

Important Upcoming Dates

  • Electronic Residency Application System Opens- July 15, 2021 (anticipated)
  • Match Opens- August 26, 2021
  • Rank Order Lists Open- September 30, 2021
  • Quota change deadline- November 4, 2021
  • Rank Order Lists Due- November 18, 2021
  • Match Day- December 2, 2021

APCCMPD Responds to NRMP Survey- Syncing IM-Subspecialty and Pediatric Match Date 

February 1, 2021
The Council of Pediatric Subspecialties, Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine, Association of Pediatric Program Directors, and the National Resident Matching Program surveyed Subspecialty Match Sponsors to assess Pediatric and Internal Medicine (IM) willingness to move their subspecialty match by 2 weeks in order to develop a combined match for residents pursuing Pediatrics or IM fellowships.
Learn more and read APCCMPD's Response

APPCCMPD and Uniform Match Policy Taskforce Provide CCM Updates to Match and Application Cycle 

June 10, 2020
Review a letter from the APCCMPD Board of Directors and the Uniform Match Policy Taskforce regarding follow-up steps to the Uniform Match Policy Summit, held in January 2002. The APCCMPD and Uniform Match Policy Taskforce also provide suggestions to support applicant fairness given the delayed opening of ERAS until August 12, 2020. We look forward to continuing to serve you. 

Review the Letter

ERAS Announces Timeline for 2021 Fellowship Application Timeline

May 20, 2020
ERAS has announced that fellowship programs will gain access to ERAS on August 12, 2020. Learn more.

APCCMPD Recommends Virtual
Interviews for Upcoming Application and Interview Season

May 15, 2020
Much uncertainty exists about how the COVID-19 Pandemic will impact this upcoming application and interview season. Shelter-in-place orders, travel bans, and work place/training demands of programs across the United States will undoubtedly change the ability of applicants to travel and of programs to host visitors.

As a community of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Pulmonary-Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Programs, we coalesce around the belief that the safety and wellbeing of our staff, faculty, and trainees are of utmost importance. With this in mind, the APCCMPD Board of Directors recommends that all programs conduct all of their fellowship interviews virtually. Review the full recommendation.

AAIM Requests APCCMPD to comment on Proposal to ERAS & NRMP Modifying Fellowship Application Dates in Light of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Friday, April 17, 2020
AAIM requested APCCMPD's comment by April 22, 2020 on modifying 2020 application deadlines in light of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Given the short time to respond the APCCMPD Board of Directors convened a rapid survey of past Board Members and current board members including a fellow representative and programs affected drastically by the COVID-19 Pandemic in New York City. Review APCCMPD's Response.

APCCMPD Requests ACGME Postpone Fellowship Program Deadlines in Light of the COVID-19 Pandemic 

Thursday, March 12, 2020
Postponement of Milestones 2.0 Implementation- During the APCCMPD 2020 Annual Virtual Conference attendees expressed their concern to ACGME regarding the upcoming July 2020 implementation of Milestones 2.0, while preparing and addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. In response to APCCMPD Member feedback, the ACGME agreed to postpone implementation until July 2021.

Friday, March 13, 2020
Annual Survey, 2020 Self-study Deadlines, and Site Visits in light of the COVID-19 Pandemic- On behalf of APCCMPD Members, the APCCMPD requested the ACGME postpone the annual survey; 2020 self-study deadlines; and site visits.  The APCCMPD also requested the ACGME consider the current circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic upon reviewing annual survey results. Consideration must be given to the lack of faculty and fellow development around the new survey and the likely impact the pandemic will have on trainee and faculty wellbeing and morale. 
See email correspondence.
See ACGME's Response


APCCMPD Responds to Call for Comments on Proposed Changes to USMLE Score Report
On July 26, 2019, the APCCMPD responded to the proposed changes to the USMLE Score Report as outlined in a the Summary Report and Preliminary Recommendations from the Invitational Conference on USMLE Scoring (InCUS), March 11-12, 2019. 

July 26, 2019- Learn More and Read APCCMPD's Response

Proposed Revisions to NRMP Internal Medicine Specialty Match Timeline

November 2009- Correspondence to the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine