Vascular In-person for Students In the match Trial: An investigation of post-interview site visits to address the limitations of virtual interviews.

Vascular In-person for Students In the match Trial: An investigation of post-interview site visits to address the limitations of virtual interviews.

Publication date: Mar 29, 2024

The graduate medical education community implemented virtual residency interviews in response to travel restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic, and this approach has persisted. Although many residency applicants wish to visit in person prospective training sites, such opportunities could bias programs toward those who are able to meet this financial burden, exacerbating equity concerns. One proposed solution is to offer applicants the opportunity to visit only after a program’s rank list is “locked,” avoiding favoritism to applicants who visit, but allowing applicants to experience some of the camaraderie, geography, and local effects of an in-person visit. As debate about the optimal format of residency interviews continues, it is important to investigate whether in-person program visits, completed after program rank list certification, provide meaningful benefits to applicants in the residency match process. All vascular programs entering the 2023 integrated vascular surgery residency match were invited to participate. Programs agreed to certify their National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) rank lists by February 1, 2023. Applicants then had the opportunity to visit the programs at which they interviewed. The particulars of the visit were determined by the individual programs. Applicants completed their standard rank list and locked on the standard March 1, 2023, date. Applicants then completed a survey regarding the impact of the visits on their rank order list decision-making. Program Directors completed a survey regarding their experiences as well. Data were collected using REDCap. Twenty-one of the 74 programs participated (28%). 19 PDs completed the post-interview site visit survey (response rate 90%). Applicants interviewing at the participating programs (n = 112) were informed of the study, offered the opportunity to attend post-interview site visits, and received the survey. 47 applicants responded (response rate 42%). 86% of applicants stated the visit impacted their rank list. Most important factors were esprit de corps of the program (86%), the faculty/trainees/staff (81%), and the physical setting (62%). 71 percent of those participating spent

Concepts Keywords
Covid DEI
February education
Interviews Match
Surgery residency interviews
training

Semantics

Type Source Name
disease IDO site
disease MESH COVID-19 pandemic
disease VO Equity
disease IDO process
drug DRUGBANK Etoperidone

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