Impact of a Preinterview Dinner on Candidate Perception of a Fellowship Training Program

Joseph H. Skalski, Megan M. Dulohery, Diana J. Kelm, Kannan Ramar

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BACKGROUND : The interview visit is an important component of residency and fellowship recruitment that requires a substantial expenditure of time and resources for both training programs and candidates.

OBJECTIVE : Survey aimed to study the impact of a preinterview dinner on fellowship program candidates.

METHODS : A single center preintervention and postintervention comparison study was conducted using an electronic survey distributed to all Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship candidates over 3 years (2013-2015). The interview visit in 2013 did not include a preinterview dinner (no-dinner group), while the candidates interviewing in 2014 and 2015 were invited to a preinterview dinner with current fellows on the evening before the interview day (dinner group).

RESULTS : The survey was distributed to all candidates (N = 70) who interviewed between 2013 and 2015 with a 59% (n = 41) completion rate. Ninety percent of respondents (37 of 41) reported that a preinterview dinner is valuable, primarily to gain more information about the program and to meet current fellows. Among candidates who attended the dinner, 88% (23 of 26) reported the dinner improved their impression of the program. The dinner group was more likely to have a positive view of current fellows in the program as desirable peers compared to candidates in the no-dinner group.

CONCLUSIONS : This pilot study suggests that a preinterview dinner may offer benefits for candidates and training programs and may enhance candidates' perceptions of the fellowship program relative to other programs they are considering.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)763-766
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of graduate medical education
Issue number5
StatePublished - Dec 1 2016

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  • Medicine(all)


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