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Interview day environment may influence applicant selection of emergency medicine residency programs

  • Author(s): Lewis, Jason
  • Dubosh, Nicole
  • Rosen, Carlo
  • Schoenfeld, David
  • Fisher, Jonathan
  • Ullman, Edward
  • et al.
Abstract

Introduction The structure of the interview day affects applicant interactions with faculty and residents, which can influence the applicant's rank list decision. We aim to determine if there was a difference in matched residents between those interviewing on a day on which didactics were held and had increased resident and faculty presence (Didactic Day) versus an interview day with less availability for applicant interactions with residents and faculty (Non-Didactic Day).

Methods Retrospective study reviewing interview dates of matched residents from 2009-2015.

Results 42 (61.8%) matched residents interviewed on a Didactic Day with increased faculty and resident presence versus 26 (38.2%) on a Non-Didactic interview day with less availability for applicant interactions (p=0.04).

Conclusion There is an association between interviewing on a Didactic Day with increased faculty and resident presence and matching in our program.

 

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