Residency-Coordinator Perceptions of Psychiatry Residency Candidates: A Pilot Study

Abstract

Objective

The authors sought to assess whether Residency Training Coordinators (RTCs) can predict psychiatry residency applicants’ success in obtaining a residency position.

Method

RTCs completed a rating form to measure their perceptions of the residency candidates’ attentiveness, communication, attitude, and professionalism and answered the question “Would you feel comfortable seeing this person as your doctor?” These data were paired with ranking data from the National Residency Matching Program.

Results

Residency candidates rated highly by the coordinators were more likely to be ranked by Southern Illinois University (SIU) match at SIU. A “No” answer to the question “Would you feel comfortable seeing this person as your doctor?” was especially predictive of failure to match.

Conclusions

RTCs can provide an important perspective on residency candidates’ attentiveness, communication, attitude, and professionalism. Asking RTCs the question “Would you feel comfortable seeing this person as your doctor?” provides a simple and powerful screening tool.

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Robinson, S.W., Roberts, N. & Dzara, K. Residency-Coordinator Perceptions of Psychiatry Residency Candidates: A Pilot Study. Acad Psychiatry 37, 265–267 (2013). https://doi.org/10.1176/appi.ap.12030053

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Keywords

  • Academic Psychiatry
  • Psychiatry Residency
  • Acad Psychiatry
  • International Medical Graduate
  • Interpersonal Style