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Orthop J Sports Med. 2017 Dec 1;5(12):2325967117741276. doi: 10.1177/2325967117741276. eCollection 2017 Dec.

Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship Interviews: Structure and Organization of the Interview Day.

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1
Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
2
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Seton Hall-Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine, South Orange, New Jersey, USA.
3
Department of Orthopedics, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora, Colorado, USA.
4
Department of Orthopaedics, Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.

Abstract

Background:

Over the past few decades, there has been a trend toward an increasing subspecialization in orthopaedic surgery, with orthopaedic sports medicine being one of the most competitive subspecialties. Information regarding the application and interview process for sports medicine fellowships is currently lacking.

Purpose:

To survey orthopaedic sports medicine fellowship program directors (PDs) to better define the structure of the sports medicine fellowship interview and to highlight important factors that PDs consider in selecting fellows.

Study Design:

Cross-sectional study.

Methods:

A complete list of accredited programs was obtained from the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) website. An anonymous survey was distributed to fellowship PDs of all Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)-accredited orthopaedic sports medicine fellowships in the United States. The survey included 12 questions about the fellowship interview and selection process.

Results:

Of the 95 orthopaedic sports medicine fellowship PDs surveyed, 38 (40%) responded. Of these, 16 (42.1%) indicated that they interview between 21 and 30 applicants per year. Eleven of the 38 fellowship programs (28.9%) have only 1 fellow per year at their respective program. Most programs (27/37, 73%) reported that between 0 and 5 faculty members interview applicants, and 29 of the 38 programs (76.3%) arrange for applicants to have ≥4 interviews during their interview day. Large group interviews are conducted at 36 of 38 (94.7%) sports medicine fellowship programs, and most programs (24/38, 63.2%) hold individual interviews that last between 5 and 15 minutes. The most important applicant criterion taken into account by PDs was the quality of the interview, with an average score of 8.68 of 10.

Conclusion:

The most significant factor taken into account by PDs when deciding how to rank applicants was the quality of the interview. Many orthopaedic sports medicine fellowship programs interview between 21 and 30 applicants per year, with each applicant participating in an average of 2 to 4 individual interviews per interview day and interviews commonly lasting between 5 and 15 minutes.

KEYWORDS:

fellow education; fellowship; sports medicine

Conflict of interest statement

The authors declared that they have no conflicts of interest in the authorship and publication of this contribution.

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