CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 · J Acad Ophthalmol 2018; 10(01): e43-e47
DOI: 10.1055/s-0038-1641608
Research Article
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Preferences and Practices of U.S. Ophthalmology Residency Program Directors Regarding Post-interview Communication with Residency Applicants

Allison J. Chen
1  Department of Medicine, Roger Williams Medical Center, Boston University, Providence, Rhode Island
,
Elaine M. Tran
2  Section of Ophthalmology, Providence VA Medical Center, Providence, Rhode Island
3  Division of Ophthalmology, Brown University, Alpert Medical School, Providence, Rhode Island
4  Program in Liberal Medical Education, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island
,
Melissa A. Clark
5  Brown School of Public Health, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island
6  Department of Quantitative Health Sciences, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, Massachusetts
,
Ingrid U. Scott
7  Departments of Ophthalmology and Public Health Sciences, Penn State College of Medicine, Hershey, Pennsylvania
,
Paul B. Greenberg
2  Section of Ophthalmology, Providence VA Medical Center, Providence, Rhode Island
3  Division of Ophthalmology, Brown University, Alpert Medical School, Providence, Rhode Island
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Publication History

22 November 2017

06 March 2018

Publication Date:
11 April 2018 (online)

Abstract

Importance Little is known about the perspectives and practices of U.S. ophthalmology residency program directors (PDs) regarding communication between PDs and applicants during the post-interview residency match period.

Objective To investigate the preferences and practices of ophthalmology residency PDs regarding post-interview communication between PDs and residency applicants during the residency match period.

Design and Setting Web-based anonymous survey.

Participants Directors of ophthalmology residency programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

Results The response rate was 64% (74/116). The majority (75%; 55/73) of PDs preferred that PDs and residency applicants not communicate during the post-interview period; the main reasons were that such communication was not ethical and not productive. In addition, 62% (46/74) of PDs believed that the Ophthalmology Matching Program should institute a policy of no post-interview communication between applicants and faculty during the residency match period.

Conclusion and Relevance The majority of U.S. ophthalmology residency PDs favor instituting a policy of no post-interview communication between applicants and faculty during the residency match period.

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The views expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the position or policy of the Department of Veterans Affairs or the U.S. government.


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