Selections FAQ

Selections Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Thank you for your interest in joining EST!  On this page you will find information about important application dates, as well as basic requirements that must be met prior to applying.   Our goal is to ensure that each potential applicant makes an informed decision about whether to join EST and over the years, we've gotten a lot of questions about our selections process. The questions below are some of the most common. Applicants, please read both the Applications Process and this page. If you can't find the answer to your questions here, please feel free to contact the selections co-chairs at We would love to hear from you and will respond to your question(s) as soon as possible.


What if I can't be there to sign up for an interview?

If you know for certain that you will be unable to sign up for your interview time, you must email the selections co-chairs immediately and they will arrange something for you.


What are you looking for in an applicant?

We are seeking enthusiastic and team-oriented applicants who are both physically and mentally fit to become an EMT. However, outside of that, we don't have a specific set of qualities that we look for in a potential medic. We have learned over the years that any of a number of qualities can contribute to the Emergency Support Team. We are looking for you to be yourself. Just tell us who you are and what you're all about in both your application and your interviews.


How many applicants apply each year? How many will you take?  

The number of applicants we receive varies greatly from year to year. In the past, we have received up to 150 applicants. Each year we invite around 100 applicants to the first round interviews. At the end of the process, we will welcome 18 new medics to our team.


I'm an upperclassman. Can I still apply?

Unfortunately, due to our training schedule and the needs of the team, we can only consider freshmen (regardless of medical knowledge) and sophomores who have already obtained their EMT-B license. We are truly sorry if this prevents you from applying but hope that you understand our reasons. Please contact the selections chairs if you have any questions.


I already have an EMT license; does that give me any advantage?  

While it's great that you already have experience in our field, we are primarily looking for personal qualities from applicants. However, don't be afraid to mention previous experience because it will help us see one side of you - your interest in emergency medicine! Keep in mind, only sophomores who have obtained their EMT licenses will be considered.


I don't have any medical experience; will that hurt me in the application process?

No, absolutely not. We provide medics with all the training they need.


I applied last year but did not make the team. Can I reapply?

If you have taken the time to obtain an EMT-B license on your own, we would love to reconsider you.


Is EST a big time commitment?

In many ways, yes. Once on the team, you will train for 15-20 hours in the first several weeks become CPR/Standard First Aid certified. Second semester, all of the new medics who do not have their EMT license will take an EMT course together that is about 8 hours a week. In addition, all medics attend a mandatory meeting each Sunday at 8:30pm. If you cannot make this meeting, you should not apply. Finally, anticipate taking 4-8 hours of duty time each week at the start. Keep in mind, though, that while on duty you may do homework in your room (if on campus), go to class, eat, or even sleep.


I heard you guys are just a bunch of pre-meds. Is that true?

EST medics hail from many of the undergraduate schools, with a variety of majors and professional aspirations. Our alumni have done many things after graduating, from Teach for America to the Peace Corps to medical school to working in the business world.


When will we find out if we made the team?

Selections for EST consists of two rounds of interviews. A cut is made after each round, and you will be sent an e-mail indicating your present status in the selections process. On rare occasions, EST has had to conduct a third round of interviews when decisions have been very difficult. You will always be notified via e-mail regardless of whether you made the team or not.