Match Preparation: Optimizing Success and Satisfaction

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Local Mentor:Abigail Ford WinkelAPGO Advisor:Hope Ricciotti, MDPROBLEM:There is a lack of structured advising for 4th year medical students applying for Ob/Gyn residency. Given the increasing need for Ob/Gyns, it is critical to support top applicants and ensure success. This advising program offers standardized guidance to improve student satisfaction with the match process and outcome.INTERVENTION:A specialty-specific program was designed for structured advising and preparation to optimize match results, preparedness for residency interviews, and satisfaction with the match process and outcome. The program consists of 3 group advising meetings for Fourth Year Schedule Planning, Application Strategy and Preparation, and Interview Preparation. Students are assigned to faculty advisors to further assist with applications and participated in mock interviews. Outcomes measured include unmatched rate relative to national rate, percentage of students matching at their top 3 programs, percentage of students participating in the advising program, and satisfaction with the advising process and match outcome measured by survey.CONTEXT:This program was implemented during students' third year of medical school and extended through residency match.OUTCOME/LESSONS LEARNED:All students applying for Ob/Gyn residency participated in the advising program. All students felt at least somewhat prepared for interviews. Most students felt well prepared. Some students reported the timing of one group advising session was not optimal for the focus topic. All 12 students who participated in the advising program matched into categorical Ob/Gyn residencies, compared to 70% for US graduates. Of the respondents, 72.7% matched into one of their top 3 programs. The majority of students were satisfied with the match process and match results.

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