J Med Educ Curric Dev
Background:Applications to the Fellowship Match through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) Specialties Matching Service (SMS) are at an all-time high. Data regarding the preparedness of medical residents who go through the interview process is limited. Objective:To assess whether the implementation of an interview curriculum could improve medical resident preparedness for and performance during fellowship interviews. Methods:All third-year internal medicine residents (N = 18) at the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell (Northwell) applying to subspecialty fellowship participated in an interview curriculum that comprised a didactic session and an Objective Structured Teaching Exercise (OSTE). Participants were surveyed on preparedness before and after the curriculum and medical residents and faculty were surveyed on medical resident performance after their OSTE and after their Northwell fellowship interview. Results:Out of the total possible number of participants, 16 (89%) were included in our analysis. Pre and post-test statistical differences in survey responses were evaluated using the Wilcoxon signed rank test. Medical resident preparedness and resident perceived performance increased in all measured categories, including overall preparedness (P = .001) and overall interview skills (P = .008). No significant change in faculty-rated resident performance was observed. Conclusion:The development and institution of a formal interview curriculum improved medical resident preparedness and perceived performance. However, this significant improvement seen between medical resident pre and post surveys did not translate to improvement between faculty pre and post surveys. Future studies should look at fellowship match rates to objectively assess the impact of the curriculum.
Faculty; Northwell Researcher
School of Medicine; Northwell Health