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Factors used by program directors to select obstetrics and gynecology fellows

Kelly S Gibson, Tyler M Muffly, Emily Penick, Matthew D Barber
Obstetrics and Gynecology 2012, 119 (1): 119-24
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OBJECTIVE: To describe the factors and attributes that obstetrics and gynecology fellowship directors use in selecting applicants for interview and ranking.

METHODS: Anonymous questionnaires were completed by obstetrics and gynecology fellowship directors using a web-based survey (adapted from a previously published questionnaire) before match day 2011. Fellow selection practices were evaluated and included importance of prematch preparations, screening of applications, interview processes, and recommendations given to applicants. Fellowship directors were asked to grade selection factors based on a 5-point Likert-like scale (ranging from 1 being unimportant to 5 being essential).

RESULTS: A total of 187 fellowship directors representing programs accredited by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Inc. were surveyed, and 124 completed the survey (66% response rate). The factors in prematch preparations that 99-100% of program directors found in the essential to important range were a high-quality obstetrics and gynecology residency training program and experience with clinical research during residency or with clinical research after residency. Surgical experience was valued more by gynecologic oncologist respondents than by other subspecialty respondents, although this statistic did not reach statistical significance (P=.08).

CONCLUSION: Education pedigree and research experience are important factors considered by fellowship directors when selecting fellowship applicants. For applicants, these data will allow for a critical self-analysis before applying or interviewing.

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