National Pediatric Experience With Virtual Interviews: Lessons Learned and Future Recommendations.
The coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic significantly impacted undergraduate and graduate medical education and created challenges that prevented a traditional approach to residency and fellowship recruitment and interviews. Early in the pandemic, the pediatric education community came together to support applicants and training programs and to foster an equitable recruitment process. We describe many of our community's innovations, including the use of virtual cafés to educate programs and highlight best practices for virtual recruitment and the use of regional webinars to highlight residency programs and provide information to applicants. Surveys of applicants and programs suggest that the virtual interview process worked well overall, with applicants and programs saving both time and money and programs maintaining a high rate of filling their positions. On the basis of this experience, we highlight the strengths and weaknesses of 3 potential models for future interview seasons. We close with a series of questions that need further investigation to create an effective and equitable recruitment process for the future.
COVID-19; Child; Fellowships and Scholarships; Humans; Internet; Internship and Residency; Interviews as Topic; Job Application; Pandemics; Pediatrics; Personnel Selection; SARS-CoV-2; United States
COVID-19; Fellowships and Scholarships; Internet; Internship and Residency; Interviews as Topic; Job Application; Pandemics; Pediatrics; Personnel Selection; SARS-CoV-2
Frohna JG, Waggoner-Fountain LA, Edwards J, et al. National Pediatric Experience With Virtual Interviews: Lessons Learned and Future Recommendations. Pediatrics. 2021;148(4):e2021052904. doi:10.1542/peds.2021-052904