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Resident Perspective of the Virtual Diagnostic Radiology Residency Interview Process: A National Survey From the Association of Program Directors in Radiology

Published:January 21, 2023DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.acra.2022.12.024

      Rationale and Objectives

      The purpose of this study was to assess differences in first-year radiology resident perception of the match process and early satisfaction with residency programs between those who matched in 2020 versus 2021, the first virtual application cycle after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

      Materials and Methods

      A 33-question survey was distributed to first-year diagnostic radiology residents at programs throughout the United States through the Association of Program Directors in Radiology. Responses were collected in June of 2022 from residents who matched in 2020 and in July of 2022 from residents who matched in 2021. Questions were designed to assess applicant demographics, outcomes and attitudes towards the interview process. Comparison was made between the two cohorts.

      Results

      Of the 2231 matched residents in the 2020 and 2021 match years, 108 residents (4.8%) received, responded, and met inclusion criteria for the survey. Forty-three of 46 (92.5%) respondents that matched in 2020 interviewed in-person compared to one of 60 (1.7%) that matched in 2021 (p < 0.0001). There was no difference in satisfaction of match results, current training programs, work culture, satisfaction with facilities, and depiction of residency structure. Applicants from the 2021 cohort were more likely to express concerns about interview hoarding, having enough time to ask questions on interview days, and ability to accurately present themselves in interviews but were more likely to favor virtual interviews for future cycles.

      Conclusion

      The virtual interview process is perceived neutrally or positively by most early diagnostic radiology residents and produced similar satisfactory results compared to applicants that interviewed in person. Attention should be given to concerns of those who matched virtually if the virtual interview process is to be continued.

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