Navigation Links
Hospitals' communication during residency matching may put stress on OB-GYN doctors-in-training

Ann Arbor, Mich. Many hospitals offer residency programs for doctors in training, allowing them to complete the education needed to become practicing physicians. Hospitals find those residents using National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) rules, but a new study finds wide variation in the interpretation of those rules.

The NRMP rules are intended to minimize pressure on residency candidates, says lead author Diana S. Curran, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., residency program director for the U-M Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. But her study, published in the Journal of Graduate Medical Education, found that the rules may instead be leading to stress for both OB-GYN residents and program directors.

The results suggest that programs may be communicating their match intentions, especially to favored candidates. Curran and her co-authors surveyed OB-GYN residency program directors across the United States in an online survey.

The majority of respondents (76.6%) reported that their programs initiated contact with residency candidates after interviewing them either all of the time (28.7%), most of the time (21.3%) or sometimes (26.6%). Only 23.4% reported never initiating post-interview contact with candidates.

Eighty-four percent of the program directors reported that candidates asked about their ranking status after the interview, with 1.1% reporting that they informed the candidate about his/her chance and 16.0% reporting that they provide a vague answer to candidate inquiries. Sixty-percent of programs informed inquiring candidates that their rank could not be revealed, however 51.5% also reported that highly desirable candidates might be contacted to inform them they were ranked to match.

"Our program here at the University of Michigan has a policy of minimal to no communication with candidates after their interview day to avoid any potential impropriety or placing undue pressure on candidates to state their intentions. We instituted a practice change to inform candidates on their interview day to not expect a call or e-mail from us, but the candidates' feedback suggested that perhaps other programs were communicating more frequently with candidates during the pre-rank period. This study seems to support that," says Curran, who also is assistant professor of OB-GYN at U-M.

Curran says U-M has minimal, if any, post-interview contact with candidates, which is the University's interpretation of NRMP rules.

"Our experience is that both candidates and faculty are not always sure what the rules permit," says Curran. "Many of the responding program directors believe that candidates and programs attempt to guess what the other is trying to communicate and that game playing is part of the routine. We asked program directors to comment during the survey, and they showed frustration with the post-interview, pre-Match process."

Curran and her co-authors say adherence to NRMP rules are crucial in the very stressful match process. OB-GYN residency programs are competing for a large pool of highly qualified candidates: in 2009 the number of match candidates exceeded the number of existing positions in the specialty by 611 residents.

"We hope this study spurs discussion between OB-GYN program directors, the NRMP, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, and medical schools is to help restore trust in the original purpose of the NRMP: to protect candidates from inappropriate pressure," says Curran.


Contact: Mary F. Masson
University of Michigan Health System

Related medicine news :

1. Ethics should drive health policy reform, especially with physician-owned specialty hospitals
2. Under pressure from Medicare, hospitals hold more seniors for observation
3. University Hospitals Case Medical Center experts present at ASCO Annual Meeting
4. Urban Hospitals May Act as Breeding Ground for MRSA
5. Fewer prostate cancer surgery complications found in teaching hospitals with fellowship programs
6. In Some Brain Bleeds, Patients Do Better at High-Volume Hospitals
7. Heart Attack Survival Varies Widely Among Hospitals, Study Finds
8. Higher-spending hospitals have fewer deaths for emergency patients
9. Version 2.0 of Award-Winning Proloquo2Go App for iPhone, iPad & iPod touch Speeds Up Communication, Adds New Voices and Customization Options
10. Study links teamwork, communication with quality of nursing home care
11. Listening in, researchers learn about end-of-life communication
Post Your Comments:
(Date:6/26/2016)... ... June 26, 2016 , ... PawPaws brand pet supplements ... that was developed to enhance the health of felines. The formula is all-natural and ... main herbs in the PawPaws Cat Kidney Support Supplement Soft Chews are ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... The temporary closing of Bruton Memorial Library on June 21 due ... up a new, often overlooked aspect of head lice: the parasite’s ability to live away ... a common occurrence, but a necessary one in the event that lice have simply gotten ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... ... On Friday, June 10, Van Mitchell, Secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and ... their exemplary accomplishments in worksite health promotion. , The Wellness at Work Awards took ... the BWI Marriott in Linthicum Heights. iHire was one of 42 businesses to receive ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... Marcy was in a crisis. Her son ... lash out at his family verbally and physically. , “When something upset him, he couldn’t ... would use it. He would throw rocks at my other children and say he was ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... 2016 , ... Topical BioMedics, Inc, makers of Topricin and MyPainAway Pain Relief Products, join The ... raise to $12 an hour by 2020 and then adjusting it yearly to increase at ... the minimum wage, assure the wage floor does not erode again, and make future increases ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... India , June 24, 2016 ... Needles Market by Type (Standard Pen Needles, Safety Pen ... Therapy (Insulin, GLP-1, Growth Hormone), Mode of Purchase (Retail, ... by MarketsandMarkets, This report studies the market for the ... expected to reach USD 2.81 Billion by 2021 from ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... June 23, 2016  MedSource announced today that ... e-clinical software solution of choice.  This latest decision ... value to their clients by offering a state-of-the-art ... relationship establishes nowEDC as the EDC platform of ... full-service clients.  "nowEDC has long been a preferred ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... -- In a startling report released today, National Safety Council ... comprehensive, proven plan to eliminate prescription opioid overdoses. Prescription ... are tackling the worst drug crisis in recorded U.S. history, assigned ... Kentucky , New Mexico , ... 28 failing states, three – Michigan , ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: