The gynecologic oncology fellowship interview process: Challenges and potential areas for improvement

Gregory M. Gressel, Anne R. Van Arsdale, Shayan M. Dioun, Gary L. Goldberg, Nicole S. Nevadunsky

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Abstract

The application and interview process for gynecologic oncology fellowship is highly competitive, time-consuming and expensive for applicants. We conducted a survey of successfully matched gynecologic oncology fellowship applicants to assess problems associated with the interview process and identify areas for improvement. All Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO) list-serve members who have participated in the match program for gynecologic oncology fellowship were asked to complete an online survey regarding the interview process. Linear regression modeling was used to examine association between year of match, number of programs applied to, cost incurred, and overall satisfaction. Two hundred and sixty-nine eligible participants reported applying to a mean of 20 programs [range 1–45] and were offered a mean of 14 interviews [range 1–43]. They spent an average of $6000 [$0–25,000], using personal savings (54%), credit cards (50%), family support (12%) or personal loans (3%). Seventy percent of respondents identified the match as fair, and 93% were satisfied. Interviewees spent a mean of 15 [0–45] days away from work and 37% reported difficulty arranging coverage. Linear regression showed an increase in number of programs applied to and cost per applicant over time (p<0.001) between 1993 and 2016. Applicants who applied to all available programs spent more (p<0.001) than those who applied to programs based on their location or quality. The current fellowship match was identified as fair and satisfying by most respondents despite being time consuming and expensive. Suggested alternative options included clustering interviews geographically or conducting preliminary interviews at the SGO Annual Meeting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)115-120
Number of pages6
JournalGynecologic Oncology Reports
Volume20
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2017

Keywords

  • Fellowship interview
  • Fellowship training
  • Gynecologic oncology
  • Quality-of-life

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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