Resident Selection: An Orthopaedic Program Director Survey
Journal of surgical orthopaedic advances
As the competitiveness of orthopaedic surgery residency increases, we sought to determine whether program and Program Director (PD) characteristics influence candidate selection. This novel 19-question survey reviews PDs' opinions and practices in resident selection. Response rate was 31% (63/203). Performance during orthopaedic rotations, United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) scores, and clerkship honors were the top three ranked criteria, with USMLE scores used to screen candidates for interviews (70%) and rotations (43%). PDs practicing < 10 years felt USMLE scores reflect resident quality, while those practicing >10 years felt they reflect ability to pass the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery exam. Most (81%) accept applicants with low scores. PDs > 66 years old emphasized academic honors and Dean's letters, PDs 46-55 emphasized conscientiousness, and PDs practicing >21 years emphasized dexterity. PD demographics such as age, time in practice, and geographic location affect how they approach candidate selection. (Journal of Surgical Orthopaedic Advances 31(1):042-047, 2022).
Sandler, Alexis B.; Scanaliato, John P.; LaPorte, Dawn M.; Nesti, Leon; and Dunn, And John, "Resident Selection: An Orthopaedic Program Director Survey" (2022). GW Authored Works. Paper 877.
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