Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci 2021; 25 (24): 7829-7832

DOI: 10.26355/eurrev_202112_27629

How real is a virtual interview? Perspectives of orthopaedic surgery residency directors

R. Elmorsi, M. Asaad, A.M. Ferry, A. Rajesh, R.S. Maricevich

Mansoura University, Faculty of Medicine, Dakahlia, Egypt. renata.maricevich@bcm.edu


OBJECTIVE: As a result of COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 US residency MATCH was devoid of the traditional in-person interviews. Herein, we assess the impact of Virtual Interviews (VIs) on resident selection, from the perspectives of Orthopedic Surgery (OS) Program Directors (PDs).

MATERIALS AND METHODS: A 14-item survey was sent to PDs of ACGME-accredited OS residencies. Questions were designed to assess the pros, cons, and robustness of VIs compared to their antecedent in-person format.

RESULTS: Forty-seven PDs responded to our survey. VIs antagonized PDs’ ability to assess applicants’ fit to program (76.6%), commitment to specialty (64%), and interpersonal skills (68.1%). This led to heavier dependence upon applicants’ portfolios (64%). Almost all respondents (97.9%) found VIs to be more cost-efficient, saving a median of $3000 in interview-related expenses. Overall, only 8.5% of PDs were willing to conduct exclusive VIs in future cycles, compared to the majority in favor of dual formats (51.5%) or exclusive in-person interviews (40.4%).

CONCLUSIONS: VIs have been an overall success, making most PDs opt for dual interview formats in future cycles. How this technology is further implemented in the future remains to be seen.

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R. Elmorsi, M. Asaad, A.M. Ferry, A. Rajesh, R.S. Maricevich
How real is a virtual interview? Perspectives of orthopaedic surgery residency directors

Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci
Year: 2021
Vol. 25 - N. 24
Pages: 7829-7832
DOI: 10.26355/eurrev_202112_27629