Analysis of Twitter Engagement in a Progressively More Competitive Urology Match: A Mixed Methods Study

Eric J. Macdonald, Jacob M. Gaines, Ella Taubenfeld, Kevin Labagnara, Aaron Huang, Andrew Winer, Ervin Teper, Nitya Abraham, Kara Watts

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Abstract

Objective: To analyze Twitter engagement in response to the urology match during the COVID-19 pandemic. Methods: Tweets containing the hashtags “#uromatch” or “#AUAmatch” during the 2021 and 2022 Match Week were reviewed. Date, author type and number of followers, general content, and engagement with each Tweet was collected. Differences in engagement between author type and content were analyzed using the Kruskal-Wallis H test. Tweet characteristics were compared between the 2021 and 2022 Match Cycles using the Chi-Square test. Results: There were 656 Tweets in total, with 272 (43.5%) from 2021 and 353 (56.5%) from 2022. Medical students’ and residency programs’ posts received significantly more Tweet engagement than those by residents/fellows, attendings, or the AUA (P <.05). Tweets focusing on announcing a new residency class and personal announcements of match results received significantly more engagements than other content categories (P <.05). In 2022, there was a significantly higher percentage of Tweets about advice for unmatched applicants (2.2 vs 12.5; P <.001), match statistics (0.4 vs 2.9; P = .028) and focus on underrepresented groups in urology (0.7 vs 3.4; P = .029). Conclusion: The Twitter response to the urology match between 2021 and 2022 mirrored the increase in competitiveness, with greater participation and an increasing focus on the difficulty of matching. During Match Week, Twitter is a readily available source of information for programs, matched students, and unmatched students alike. As we continue to embrace virtual platforms, we believe that Twitter will remain a major source of match-related information and can be an instrumental tool for broader networking in our field.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalUrology
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology

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