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The Residency Interview Season

Time for Commonsense Reform

Strand, Eric A., MD; Sonn, Tammy S., MD

doi: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000002969
Contents: Medical Education: Current Commentary

Residency applicants and residency programs invest significant resources in attempting to match applicants into the best possible programs. However, recent trends have made the process increasingly inefficient. Decisions made by all parties—students, medical schools, and residency programs—have contributed to a system that has become increasingly anxiety-provoking for the students and unnecessarily cumbersome for the programs. Relatively straightforward solutions exist, however, that would improve the process for all parties involved. With improved mentoring of medical students, honest and timely assessment of applicants by programs, and, most importantly, standardizing the interview invitation timeline, candidates and programs would encounter an improved residency interview experience.

The current residency interview process presents barriers for both applicants and programs that could be overcome with simple, straightforward changes.

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Division of General Obstetrics and Gynecology, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri.

Corresponding author: Eric A. Strand, MD, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Washington University School of Medicine, 4901 Forest Park Avenue, Suite 905, St. Louis, MO 63108; email:

Financial Disclosure The authors did not report any potential conflicts of interest.

Each author has indicated that he or she has met the journal’s requirements for authorship.

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Received July 02, 2018

Received in revised form August 27, 2018

Accepted September 06, 2018

© 2018 by The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Published by Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.