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14 Markers of a Problematic Residency Application

/14 Markers of a Problematic Residency Application

14 Markers of a Problematic Residency Application


By Pedram Mizani, MD, MHSA, family physician and chief clinical officer of the AmeriClerkships Medical Society

Published in Residency Program Alert* on September 2017

September 15 marks the start of the main residency Match season. For the most part, each residency program’s highly tailored—and often subjective—residency application screening process yields a high enough number of interviewees to provide an adequate statistical probability for the National Resident Matching Program’s (NRMP) Match algorithm to consistently fill about 95% of residency slots. However, the process and outcome for the unfilled 5% of slots that are reintroduced to residency candidates during the annual Match week’s Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program are the subject of incredible debate and anxiety. Many residency programs struggle with the regret of having to rank candidates with whom they were not 100% comfortable, on top of “missed opportunities” from not having invited—or having the interview slots to invite—more suitable applicants, especially when precious interview spots were misallocated.

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  • About Residency Program Alert: Residency program managers in all specialties are challenged to effectively manage their programs as accrediting agencies focus on outcome measures, the core competencies, proper documentation, resident supervision, and program, faculty, and resident evaluation. Add to those responsibilities the challenge to prepare for site visits, develop budgets for your program, and mitigate legal risks. Residency Program Alert is the source you need to confidently meet these challenges. This monthly resource provides residency managers with essential tips, tools, and best practices from the most well-respected, in-the-trenches experts. Dr. Pedram Mizani, the AmeriClerkships’ Chief Clinical Officer, is a writer and contributors to Residency Program Alert.

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