Postinterview communication with residency applicants: A call for clarity!

Gary N. Frishman, Kristen A. Matteson, Jessica L. Bienstock, Karen E. George, Tony Ogburn, Phillip N. Rauk, Peter F. Schnatz, Lee A. Learman

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

7 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

The residency match is an increasingly competitive process. Communication from medical student applicants to programs varies, and the effect this has on their rank status is unclear. We assessed how obstetrics and gynecology program directors interpret and act on postinterview communication initiated by applicants by conducting an anonymous cross-sectional web-based survey of allopathic obstetrics and gynecology program directors. One hundred thirty-seven program directors (55%) responded to the survey. Twenty-nine percent would consider ranking an applicant more favorably if the applicant expressed interest (beyond a routine thank you) or if a faculty mentor personally known to the program director stated that the applicant was ranking the program first. Fifty-two percent indicated that they would rank an applicant more favorably if a mentor known to them endorsed the applicant as outstanding. Approximately 30% responded that applicants who did not communicate with their program were disadvantaged compared with those who did. Approximately 17% stated it was desirable to create additional specialty-specific guidelines regarding postinterview contact between programs and applications. Based on the wide variation in how program directors interpret and act on postinterview communication from applicants, residency programs should formulate and communicate a clear policy about whether they request and how they respond to postinterview communication from applicants and their mentors. This will establish a more level playing field and eliminate potential inequities resulting from inconsistent communication practices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)344-350.e1
JournalAmerican Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Volume211
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2014

Fingerprint

Internship and Residency
Communication
Mentors
Gynecology
Obstetrics
Vulnerable Populations
Medical Students
Guidelines
Surveys and Questionnaires

Keywords

  • obstetrics and gynecology program directors
  • postinterview communication
  • residency match
  • resident applicants

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Medicine(all)

Cite this

Frishman, G. N., Matteson, K. A., Bienstock, J. L., George, K. E., Ogburn, T., Rauk, P. N., ... Learman, L. A. (2014). Postinterview communication with residency applicants: A call for clarity! American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 211(4), 344-350.e1. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajog.2014.07.034

Postinterview communication with residency applicants : A call for clarity! / Frishman, Gary N.; Matteson, Kristen A.; Bienstock, Jessica L.; George, Karen E.; Ogburn, Tony; Rauk, Phillip N.; Schnatz, Peter F.; Learman, Lee A.

In: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Vol. 211, No. 4, 01.10.2014, p. 344-350.e1.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Frishman, GN, Matteson, KA, Bienstock, JL, George, KE, Ogburn, T, Rauk, PN, Schnatz, PF & Learman, LA 2014, 'Postinterview communication with residency applicants: A call for clarity!', American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, vol. 211, no. 4, pp. 344-350.e1. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajog.2014.07.034
Frishman GN, Matteson KA, Bienstock JL, George KE, Ogburn T, Rauk PN et al. Postinterview communication with residency applicants: A call for clarity! American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 2014 Oct 1;211(4):344-350.e1. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajog.2014.07.034
Frishman, Gary N. ; Matteson, Kristen A. ; Bienstock, Jessica L. ; George, Karen E. ; Ogburn, Tony ; Rauk, Phillip N. ; Schnatz, Peter F. ; Learman, Lee A. / Postinterview communication with residency applicants : A call for clarity!. In: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 2014 ; Vol. 211, No. 4. pp. 344-350.e1.
@article{932e98e465444d23916c82ac4a6b1c8a,
title = "Postinterview communication with residency applicants: A call for clarity!",
abstract = "The residency match is an increasingly competitive process. Communication from medical student applicants to programs varies, and the effect this has on their rank status is unclear. We assessed how obstetrics and gynecology program directors interpret and act on postinterview communication initiated by applicants by conducting an anonymous cross-sectional web-based survey of allopathic obstetrics and gynecology program directors. One hundred thirty-seven program directors (55{\%}) responded to the survey. Twenty-nine percent would consider ranking an applicant more favorably if the applicant expressed interest (beyond a routine thank you) or if a faculty mentor personally known to the program director stated that the applicant was ranking the program first. Fifty-two percent indicated that they would rank an applicant more favorably if a mentor known to them endorsed the applicant as outstanding. Approximately 30{\%} responded that applicants who did not communicate with their program were disadvantaged compared with those who did. Approximately 17{\%} stated it was desirable to create additional specialty-specific guidelines regarding postinterview contact between programs and applications. Based on the wide variation in how program directors interpret and act on postinterview communication from applicants, residency programs should formulate and communicate a clear policy about whether they request and how they respond to postinterview communication from applicants and their mentors. This will establish a more level playing field and eliminate potential inequities resulting from inconsistent communication practices.",
keywords = "obstetrics and gynecology program directors, postinterview communication, residency match, resident applicants",
author = "Frishman, {Gary N.} and Matteson, {Kristen A.} and Bienstock, {Jessica L.} and George, {Karen E.} and Tony Ogburn and Rauk, {Phillip N.} and Schnatz, {Peter F.} and Learman, {Lee A.}",
year = "2014",
month = "10",
day = "1",
doi = "10.1016/j.ajog.2014.07.034",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "211",
pages = "344--350.e1",
journal = "American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology",
issn = "0002-9378",
publisher = "Mosby Inc.",
number = "4",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Postinterview communication with residency applicants

T2 - A call for clarity!

AU - Frishman, Gary N.

AU - Matteson, Kristen A.

AU - Bienstock, Jessica L.

AU - George, Karen E.

AU - Ogburn, Tony

AU - Rauk, Phillip N.

AU - Schnatz, Peter F.

AU - Learman, Lee A.

PY - 2014/10/1

Y1 - 2014/10/1

N2 - The residency match is an increasingly competitive process. Communication from medical student applicants to programs varies, and the effect this has on their rank status is unclear. We assessed how obstetrics and gynecology program directors interpret and act on postinterview communication initiated by applicants by conducting an anonymous cross-sectional web-based survey of allopathic obstetrics and gynecology program directors. One hundred thirty-seven program directors (55%) responded to the survey. Twenty-nine percent would consider ranking an applicant more favorably if the applicant expressed interest (beyond a routine thank you) or if a faculty mentor personally known to the program director stated that the applicant was ranking the program first. Fifty-two percent indicated that they would rank an applicant more favorably if a mentor known to them endorsed the applicant as outstanding. Approximately 30% responded that applicants who did not communicate with their program were disadvantaged compared with those who did. Approximately 17% stated it was desirable to create additional specialty-specific guidelines regarding postinterview contact between programs and applications. Based on the wide variation in how program directors interpret and act on postinterview communication from applicants, residency programs should formulate and communicate a clear policy about whether they request and how they respond to postinterview communication from applicants and their mentors. This will establish a more level playing field and eliminate potential inequities resulting from inconsistent communication practices.

AB - The residency match is an increasingly competitive process. Communication from medical student applicants to programs varies, and the effect this has on their rank status is unclear. We assessed how obstetrics and gynecology program directors interpret and act on postinterview communication initiated by applicants by conducting an anonymous cross-sectional web-based survey of allopathic obstetrics and gynecology program directors. One hundred thirty-seven program directors (55%) responded to the survey. Twenty-nine percent would consider ranking an applicant more favorably if the applicant expressed interest (beyond a routine thank you) or if a faculty mentor personally known to the program director stated that the applicant was ranking the program first. Fifty-two percent indicated that they would rank an applicant more favorably if a mentor known to them endorsed the applicant as outstanding. Approximately 30% responded that applicants who did not communicate with their program were disadvantaged compared with those who did. Approximately 17% stated it was desirable to create additional specialty-specific guidelines regarding postinterview contact between programs and applications. Based on the wide variation in how program directors interpret and act on postinterview communication from applicants, residency programs should formulate and communicate a clear policy about whether they request and how they respond to postinterview communication from applicants and their mentors. This will establish a more level playing field and eliminate potential inequities resulting from inconsistent communication practices.

KW - obstetrics and gynecology program directors

KW - postinterview communication

KW - residency match

KW - resident applicants

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=84907612442&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=84907612442&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1016/j.ajog.2014.07.034

DO - 10.1016/j.ajog.2014.07.034

M3 - Article

C2 - 25068562

AN - SCOPUS:84907612442

VL - 211

SP - 344-350.e1

JO - American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology

JF - American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology

SN - 0002-9378

IS - 4

ER -