A survey of the Complex General Surgical Oncology fellowship programs regarding applicant selection and rank Journal Article


Authors: Wach, M. M.; Ayabe, R. I.; Ruff, S. M.; D’Angelica, M.; Dineen, S. P.; Grubbs, E. G.; Shibata, D.; Shirley, L.; Weiss, M. J.; Davis, J. L.; Hernandez, J. M.
Article Title: A survey of the Complex General Surgical Oncology fellowship programs regarding applicant selection and rank
Abstract: Background: There is significant demand for training in Complex General Surgical Oncology (CGSO) fellowships. Previous work has explored objective quantitative metrics of applicants that matriculated to CGSO fellowships; however, ambiguity remains concerning academic benchmarks and qualitative factors that impact matriculation. Study Design: A web-based survey was sent to each ACGME/SSO-approved CGSO fellowship training program. The survey was comprised of 24 questions in various forms, including dichotomous, ranked, and five-point Likert scale questions. Results: Twenty-nine of 30 program directors (97%) submitted complete survey responses, representing 64 of the 65 CGSO fellowship positions (99%) currently offered. Programs received a mean of 73 applications per cycle (range 50–125) and granted a mean of 26 interviews (range 2–45). Seventy-two percent of programs had an established benchmark for ABSITE score percentile before offering a candidate an interview, with 62% of those programs setting that benchmark above the 50th percentile. The majority of programs also had established benchmarks for quantity of first author publications (mean: 2.3) and all publications of any authorship (mean: 4.4). An applicant’s interview was ranked as the most important factor in determining inclusion on the program’s rank list. The ability to work as part of a team, interpersonal interaction/communication abilities, and operative skills were rated as most important applicant characteristics, whereas an applicant’s personal statement was ranked as least important. Conclusions: After established academic benchmarks have been met, a multitude of factors influences ranking of applicants to the CGSO fellowship, most of which are assessed at the interview. © 2019, This is a U.S. government work and its text is not subject to copyright protection in the United States; however, its text may be subject to foreign copyright protection.
Keywords: publication; training; interview; skill; writing; surgical oncology; article; likert scale
Journal Title: Annals of Surgical Oncology
Volume: 26
Issue: 9
ISSN: 1068-9265
Publisher: Springer  
Date Published: 2019-09-01
Start Page: 2675
End Page: 2681
Language: English
DOI: 10.1245/s10434-019-07372-1
PUBMED: 31011903
PROVIDER: scopus
PMCID: PMC6684844
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Notes: Article -- Export Date: 30 August 2019 -- Source: Scopus
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