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Factors Important to Under-Represented
Minority Applicants when Selecting an
Emergency Medicine Residency Program
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Factors Important to Under-Represented Minority Applicants when Selecting an Emergency Medicine Residency Program
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Factors Important to Under-Represented Minority Applicants when Selecting an Emergency Medicine Residency Program
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Factors Important to Under-Represented Minority Applicants when Selecting an Emergency Medicine Residency Program
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Factors Important to Under-Represented Minority Applicants when Selecting an Emergency Medicine Residency Program
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Factors Important to Under-Represented Minority Applicants when Selecting an Emergency Medicine Residency Program
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Factors Important to Under-Represented Minority Applicants when Selecting an Emergency Medicine Residency Program
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Factors Important to Under-Represented Minority Applicants when Selecting an Emergency Medicine Residency Program

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Background: In 2008, the Council of Emergency Medicine Residency Directors (CORD) assembled a panel of program directors (PDs), associate PDs, and emergency medicine (EM) faculty members to discuss the state of diversity in EM and to develop a set of “best practice” recruitment strategies designed to increase the number under-represented minorities (URMs) in EM residency training programs.

Objective: To evaluate the perceived importance of factors significant in influencing URM candidate residency program selection.

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Factors Important to Under-Represented Minority Applicants when Selecting an Emergency Medicine Residency Program

  1. 1. Factors Important to Under-Represented Minority Applicants when Selecting an Emergency Medicine Residency Program Boatright D, Simon J, Jarou Z, Tunson J, Flores S, Heron S, Gisondi M, Druck J Denver Health/University of Colorado, Emory, Highland, Northwestern
  2. 2. Factors Important to Under-Represented Minority Applicants when Selecting an Emergency Medicine Residency Program Boatright D, Simon J, Jarou Z, Tunson J, Flores S, Heron S, Gisondi M, Druck J Denver Health/University of Colorado, Emory, Highland, Northwestern De-identified responses were collected via a web-based survey sent to a convenience sample of self-identified URM students and their non-URM peers who applied to four different EM residency programs in 2014. Comparison of USMLE scores, number of programs applied to, number of interviews received, home EM program by URM status Assessment of perceived importance of 21 program factors applicants consider when selecting a residency by URM status In 2008, the Council of Emergency Medicine Residency Directors (CORD) assembled a panel of program directors (PDs), associate PDs, and emergency medicine (EM) faculty members to discuss the state of diversity in EM and to develop a set of “best practice” recruitment strategies designed to increase the number under-represented minorities (URMs) in EM residency training programs. BACKGROUND METHODS Sheryl L. Heron, MD, MPH, Elise O. Lovell, MD, Ernest Wang, MD, and Steven H. Bowman, MD. “Promoting Diversity in Emergency Medicine: Summary Recommendations from the 2008 Council of Emergency Medicine Residency Directors (CORD) Academic Assembly Diversity Workgroup.” To evaluate the perceived importance of factors significant in influencing URM candidate residency program selection. OBJECTIVE
  3. 3. Factors Important to Under-Represented Minority Applicants when Selecting an Emergency Medicine Residency Program Boatright D, Simon J, Jarou Z, Tunson J, Flores S, Heron S, Gisondi M, Druck J Denver Health/University of Colorado, Emory, Highland, Northwestern METHODS MEDIAN USMLE SCORES (IQR)DEMOGRAPHICS Overall: Average age 28 years old. 54% Male. 135 self-identified non-URM applicants 91% White 17% Asian 4% LGBTQ 101 self-identified URM applicants 49% Black or African American 47% Hispanic or Latino 22% White 7% American Indian or Alaskan Native 3% Asian 7% LGBTQ Non-URM URM Step 1* 238 (227-248) 226.5 (212-240) Step 2* 249 (239-259) 240 (225-250) 2014 Mean Scores for Matched US Seniors: Step 1 (230), Step 2 (243) MEDIAN APPLICATION DATA (IQR) Non-URM URM Applications 35 (30-45) 39 (30-50) Interviews* 20 (13-26) 15 (6-23) HOME RESIDENCY PROGRAM (95% CI) Non-URM URM Yes* 81% (73-87%) 66% (56-75%)
  4. 4. Factors Important to Under-Represented Minority Applicants when Selecting an Emergency Medicine Residency Program Boatright D, Simon J, Jarou Z, Tunson J, Flores S, Heron S, Gisondi M, Druck J Denver Health/University of Colorado, Emory, Highland, Northwestern FOURTEEN PROGRAM FACTORS OF SIMILAR IMPORTANCE
  5. 5. Factors Important to Under-Represented Minority Applicants when Selecting an Emergency Medicine Residency Program Boatright D, Simon J, Jarou Z, Tunson J, Flores S, Heron S, Gisondi M, Druck J Denver Health/University of Colorado, Emory, Highland, Northwestern SEVEN PROGRAM FACTORS MORE IMPORTANT TO URM APPLICANTS
  6. 6. Factors Important to Under-Represented Minority Applicants when Selecting an Emergency Medicine Residency Program Boatright D, Simon J, Jarou Z, Tunson J, Flores S, Heron S, Gisondi M, Druck J Denver Health/University of Colorado, Emory, Highland, Northwestern METHODS URM and non-URM applicants applied to the same number of programs but URMs received fewer interviews. It is unclear if this is related to lower USMLE scores or lack of quality advising information related to not having a home EM residency program. Regardless of URM status, the most important factors in choosing a residency program were:  interaction with the residents  the interview day experience  geographic location  program reputation  serving a diverse patient population CONCLUSIONS Program factors more important to URM applicants include:  diversity of residents and faculty  program affirming a commitment to diversity including a website statement  serving patients of a similar background  residency involvement with community outreach programs and pipeline programs Limitations  While this study showed a difference between URM and non-URM USMLE scores at these 4 competitive programs, this may not reflect national trends  Applicants may have reported interviews attended rather than invites received
  7. 7. Factors Important to Under-Represented Minority Applicants when Selecting an Emergency Medicine Residency Program Boatright D, Simon J, Jarou Z, Tunson J, Flores S, Heron S, Gisondi M, Druck J Denver Health/University of Colorado, Emory, Highland, Northwestern METHODS URM and non-URM applicants applied to the same number of programs but URMs received fewer interviews. It is unclear if this is related to lower USMLE scores or lack of quality advising information related to not having a home EM residency program. Regardless of URM status, the most important factors in choosing a residency program were:  interaction with the residents  the interview day experience  geographic location  program reputation  serving a diverse patient population CONCLUSIONS Program factors more important to URM applicants include:  diversity of residents and faculty  program affirming a commitment to diversity including a website statement  serving patients of a similar background  residency involvement with community outreach programs and pipeline programs Limitations  While this study showed a difference between URM and non-URM USMLE scores at these 4 competitive programs, this may not reflect national trends  Applicants may have reported interviews attended rather than invites received

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