Finding the perfect match

Factors that influence family medicine residency selection

Katherine M. Wright, Elizabeth Ryan, John L. Gatta, Lauren Anderson, Deborah S. Clements

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BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Residency program selection is a significant experience for emerging physicians, yet there is limited information about how applicants narrow their list of potential programs. This study examines factors that influence residency program selection among medical students interested in family medicine at the time of application. METHODS: Medical students with an expressed interest in family medicine were invited to participate in a 37-item, online survey. Students were asked to rate factors that may impact residency selection on a 6-point Likert scale in addition to three open-ended qualitative questions. Mean values were calculated for each survey item and were used to determine a rank order for selection criteria. Logistic regression analysis was performed to identify factors that predict a strong interest in urban, suburban, and rural residency programs. Logistic regression was also used to identify factors that predict a strong interest in academic health center-based residencies, community-based residencies, and community-based residencies with an academic affiliation. METHODS: Medical students with an expressed interest in family medicine were invited to participate in a 37-item, online survey. Students were asked to rate factors that may impact residency selection on a 6-point Likert scale in addition to three open-ended qualitative questions. Mean values were calculated for each survey item and were used to determine a rank order for selection criteria. Logistic regression analysis was performed to identify factors that predict a strong interest in urban, suburban, and rural residency programs. Logistic regression was also used to identify factors that predict a strong interest in academic health center-based residencies, community-based residencies, and community-based residencies with an academic affiliation. CONCLUSIONS: These findings have implications for how to best advise students in selecting a residency, as well as marketing residencies to the right candidates. Refining the recruitment process will ensure a better fit between applicants and potential programs. Limited recruitment resources may be better utilized by focusing on targeted dissemination strategies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)279-285
Number of pages7
JournalFamily Medicine
Volume48
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2016
Externally publishedYes

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Internship and Residency
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Logistic Models
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Patient Selection
Regression Analysis
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Wright, K. M., Ryan, E., Gatta, J. L., Anderson, L., & Clements, D. S. (2016). Finding the perfect match: Factors that influence family medicine residency selection. Family Medicine, 48(4), 279-285.

Finding the perfect match : Factors that influence family medicine residency selection. / Wright, Katherine M.; Ryan, Elizabeth; Gatta, John L.; Anderson, Lauren; Clements, Deborah S.

In: Family Medicine, Vol. 48, No. 4, 01.04.2016, p. 279-285.

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Wright, KM, Ryan, E, Gatta, JL, Anderson, L & Clements, DS 2016, 'Finding the perfect match: Factors that influence family medicine residency selection', Family Medicine, vol. 48, no. 4, pp. 279-285.
Wright KM, Ryan E, Gatta JL, Anderson L, Clements DS. Finding the perfect match: Factors that influence family medicine residency selection. Family Medicine. 2016 Apr 1;48(4):279-285.
Wright, Katherine M. ; Ryan, Elizabeth ; Gatta, John L. ; Anderson, Lauren ; Clements, Deborah S. / Finding the perfect match : Factors that influence family medicine residency selection. In: Family Medicine. 2016 ; Vol. 48, No. 4. pp. 279-285.
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