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OBGYN Standardized Letter of Evaluation: Towards a more transparent, honest and equitable approach

Objective: The UME to GME Review Committee (Coalition for Physician Accountability) recommends that

 structured evaluation letters replace all letters of recommendation (LORs) as a universal tool in the

 residency program application process. Many specialties have already adopted this practice. In line

 with these recommendations, the OBGYN Standardized Letter of Evaluation (SLOE) has been

 developed to provide a more transparent, honest and equitable assessment of applicants’ readiness

 for residency and achievement of competencies.


 The objectives of this workshop are to:

 1. Describe key components of the OBGYN SLOE

 2. Practice completing a SLOE based on simulated student portfolios

 3. Interpret “mock” SLOEs and consider their impact on the residency screening and selection process


Methods: This highly interactive workshop will begin with a background on the development and overview of the

 OBGYN SLOE (10 mins). In small groups, participants will practice completing a “mock” SLOE using

 simulated student portfolios, or real student applicants whom they have supported with LORs in the past

 (20 mins).


Results: Following a debrief on the experience of completing “mock” SLOEs including a discussion of

 usability, effectiveness and challenges (10 mins), participants will break-out again into small groups to

 interpret “mock” SLOEs from the residency program perspective (20 mins).


Conclusion/ Discussion: We will conclude with a discussion on how the SLOE can be used to support students in their residency application process and how programs can utilize it to achieve a more holistic, equitable, and efficient review process. (15 mins).


Topics: Faculty Development Seminar, 2022, Student, Faculty, Clerkship Director, Residency Director, Patient Care, Medical Knowledge, Professionalism, Systems-Based Practice & Improvement, Interpersonal & Communication Skills, Practice-Based Learning & Improvement, GME, UME, Assessment,

General Information

Student,Faculty,Clerkship Director,Residency Director,
Patient Care,Medical Knowledge,Professionalism,Systems-Based Practice & Improvement,Interpersonal & Communication Skills,Practice-Based Learning & Improvement,
Clinical Focus

Author Information

John Dalrymple, MD; Oluwabukola Akingbola, DO, MS; Sara Whetstone, MD, MHS

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