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Virtual Radiology Fellowship Recruitment: Benefits, Limitations, and Future Directions

Published:September 09, 2022DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.acra.2022.08.011
      The coronavirus pandemic forced radiology fellowships to shift to virtual interviews, a practice that continues for the 2022 application season. There are multiple publications pertaining to virtual radiology residency recruitment, but perspectives on the parallel process for fellowships are lacking even though this affects the vast majority of United States (US) radiology residents (
      • Deitte L.A.
      • Mian A.Z.
      • Esfahani S.A.
      • Hu J.Y.
      • et al.
      Going virtual: redesigning the interview experience.
      ,
      • Joshi A.
      • Bloom D.A.
      • Spencer A.
      • et al.
      Video interviewing: a review and recommendations for implementation in the era of COVID-19 and beyond.
      ,
      • Phadke D.
      • Khaja M.S.
      • Banathy A.K.
      • et al.
      Maximizing educational engagement and program exposure for recruitment to the integrated and independent interventional radiology programs in a virtual environment.
      ,
      • Tang O.Y.
      • Ruddell J.H.
      • Hilliard R.W.
      • et al.
      Improving the online presence of residency programs to ameliorate COVID-19′s impact on residency applications.
      ,
      • Moran S.K.
      • Nguyen J.K..
      • Grimm L.J..
      • et al.
      Should radiology residency interviews remain virtual? Results of a multi-institutional survey inform the debate.
      ,
      • Kerrigan T.P.
      • Jeong C.Y.
      • Pannu S.
      • et al.
      Increasing applicant engagement during the 2020-2021 virtual residency interview cycle and beyond: the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Radiology Residency Video Project.
      ,
      • McCain C.
      • Kemp B.
      • Baier M.B.
      • et al.
      A Framework for the virtual medical interview process: considerations for the applicant and the interviewer.
      ,
      • Kamel S.
      • Wang M.X.
      • Guccione J.
      • et al.
      Analyzing the landscape of the 2021 virtual match: a nationwide survey of radiology programs' stakeholders.
      ,
      • Yee J.M.
      • Moran S.
      • Chapman T.
      From beginning to end: a single radiology residency program's experience with web-based resident recruitment during COVID-19 and a review of the literature.
      ,
      • Guichet P.L.
      • Huang J.
      • Zhan C
      • et al.
      Incorporation of a social virtual reality platform into the residency recruitment season.
      ,
      • Czawlytko C.
      • Smith E.
      • Awan O.
      • et al.
      The effect of virtual interviews and social media on applicant decision-making during the 2020-2021 resident match cycle.
      ,
      • Jones H.M.
      • Ankem A.
      • Seroogy E.A.
      • et al.
      Impact of COVID-19 on radiology residency selection process: a survey of radiology residency programs in the US.
      ,
      • Singh N.P.
      • DeAtkine A.B.
      • Hattaway R.H.
      • et al.
      Changes in United States residency program online presence following COVID-19.
      ,
      • Ream M.A.
      • Thompson-Stone R.
      Virtual residency interview experience: the child neurology residency program perspective.
      ,
      • Codner K.
      • Palla B.
      • Miloro M.
      What are the lessons learned from the virtual interview process for oral and maxillofacial surgery residency programs affected by COVID-19?.
      ,

      Walk C, Gerardo R, Tuttle R, et al. Thriving in the virtual era: an organized approach to improve program visibility and virtual residency interview process. J Surg Educ, 2022 Jun 29:S1931-7204(22)00115-5. Epub ahead of print.

      ,
      • Ponterio J.M.
      • Levy L.
      • Lakhi N.A.
      Evaluation of the virtual interview format for resident recruitment as a result of COVID-19 restrictions: residency program directors' perspectives.
      ,
      • Estevez T.P.
      • Casasnovas C.E.
      • Safin D.S.
      Structuring the future residency recruitment seasons: applicants' perspective on the virtual experience during the 2020-2021 interview season.
      ,
      • Alomari S.
      • Lubelski D.
      • Feghali J.
      • et al.
      Impact of virtual vs. in-person interviews among neurosurgery residency applicants.
      ,
      • Shreffler J.
      • Platt M.
      • Thé S.
      • et al.
      Planning virtual residency interviews as a result of COVID-19: insight from residency applicants and physicians conducting interviews.
      ,
      • Zhang R.
      • Schappe A.
      • Salyapongse N.
      • et al.
      To zoom or not to zoom: weighing the pros and cons of the virtual plastic surgery residency interview.
      ,
      • Warren J.R.
      • Khalil L.S.
      • Pietroski A.D.
      • et al.
      Perceived effectiveness of video interviews for orthopaedic surgery residency during COVID-19.
      ,
      • Mulligan K.M.
      • Pan X.
      • Gerges C.
      • et al.
      The 2021 neurosurgery match: an analysis of the impact of virtual interviewing and other COVID-19-related changes.
      ,
      • Blankenburg R.
      • Gonzalez Del Rey J.
      • Aylor M.
      • et al.
      The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on pediatric graduate medical education: lessons learned and pathways forward.
      ). In this commentary, we highlight some benefits, challenges, and solutions related to virtual radiology fellowship recruitment in order to stimulate discussion and planning for future cycles. The following discussion is not intended to be an authoritative guide, but rather a means to spur discussion on the pros and cons of virtual recruitment, with the aim to enhance the process for both applicants and programs.

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