Why SCAI Supports the Match

Current State

  • Currently, the interventional cardiology fellowship timeline falls early in the academic cycle and continues to move up even earlier in the cycle, resulting in more competition for fellows and programs. Applicants start applying at the end of the first year of their fellowship, with interviews often starting within a week of when files are available to review in the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) system.  
  • This process contrasts with other Specialty Match programs that have moved later in the academic cycle over recent years, thus providing candidates with more time for professional development, forming a perspective on career choices, and examining available programs. 
  • The recruitment process has accelerated, especially in the era of virtual interviews, and candidates now go through an extremely high-pressure, high-stakes, and competitive interview process, with deadlines to accept offers either on-site or within a short period of time.  
  • This system is inherently unfair to candidates and undesirable to fellowship programs. 

Advantages of the Match  

  • The Match will provide candidates with a fair opportunity to interview and assess the spectrum of programs that might best meet their professional, personal, and logistic objectives—without the pressure of a deadline to commit. 
  • The Match will establish an agreement so that an accepted position may not be abandoned if a more desirable program or candidate is later identified.   
  • The Match will set a reasonable standardized time frame for the application, review of candidates, and the interview process. 
  • The Match will enable programs to address diversity and equity access for all trainees. 
  • SCAI is the home for interventional cardiologists and, therefore, will lead the effort to ensure fairness in the recruitment of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive pipeline of future interventional cardiologists through the Match program. 

Coming soon: Interventional Cardiology Match Program Toolkit