Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program Adherence to Universal Interview Offer Day Guidelines: A Retrospective Analysis

Catherine E. Hutchison, Jason I. Reminick, Ephy R. Love, Suzanne Karan, Kenneth R. Gundle

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Introduction:The 2020 to 2021 application cycle was marked by structural changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Adaptations included the American Orthopaedic Association Council of Residency Program Directors recommendations for a universal interview offer day (UIOD), synchronizing applicant interview offer release. As a novel process within orthopaedics, there are limited data on the execution and effect of a UIOD. Study goals include determining (1) residency program adherence to the Council of Residency Program Directors UIOD guidelines during the 2020 to 2021 cycle, (2) how quickly programs filled available interviews, and (3) any difference in time from release to booking between applicants using edu and com e-mail domains.Methods:Orthopaedic residency programs and applicants using the Thalamus interview management software platform during the 2020 to 2021 residency application cycle were analyzed, representing 46 residency programs and 993 interviewees (22% and 77% of the national total, respectively).Results:Of the programs included in this study, 19 (41%) were strictly adherent to the UIOD and time, 14 (30%) were weakly adherent and sent out offers outside of the assigned time, and 13 (28%) were nonadherent and sent out offers on dates other than the UIOD. The average time to fill to 80% capacity was 26 ± 14 minutes (range 3 to 77 minutes) for the 33 programs that released on the UIOD. Applicants with edu e-mail domains scheduled their first interview an average of 1.8 minutes after those with com e-mail domains (14.8 versus 13.0 minutes, P < 0.05).Conclusion:Despite more than 60% of the residency programs committing to participate, less than half of the programs that initially agreed to participate were strictly adherent to guidelines during the first UIOD in orthopaedic surgery. Although additional research is needed to analyze the unique, fully virtual 2020 to 2021 recruitment season, a phased or waved approach to the UIOD may improve the process for all stakeholders in future cycles.Level

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)E929-E938
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Issue number13
StatePublished - Jul 1 2022
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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