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Resident Selection Criteria in Veterinary Medicine.

Authors
  • Yanke, Amy B1
  • Shaver, Stephanie L2
  • Diehl, Kathryn A3
  • Woolcock, Andrew4
  • Lyon, Shane D5
  • Hofmeister, Erik H6
  • 1 Department of Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, Auburn University, 1220 Wire Road, Auburn, AL 36849 USA.
  • 2 Department of Specialty Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine, Midwestern University, 5715 West Utopia Road, Glendale, AZ 85308 USA.
  • 3 Department of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia, 2200 College Station Road, Athens, GA 30602 USA. , (Georgia)
  • 4 Department of Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, Purdue University, 625 Harrison Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907 USA.
  • 5 Clinical Skills Laboratory Coordinator, Department of Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University, 1800 Denison Ave., Manhattan, KS 66506 USA.
  • 6 Department of Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, Auburn University, 1010 Wire Rd., Auburn, AL 36849 USA.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of veterinary medical education
Publication Date
Jun 28, 2023
Identifiers
DOI: 10.3138/jvme-2022-0111
PMID: 37384579
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

With the continued rise of interest and need for veterinary specialists, information regarding optimal selection criteria for successful residency candidates has been lacking in veterinary medicine. A 28-question online survey was developed to determine prioritized resident selection criteria, the importance of formal interviews, and residency supervisor satisfaction with the current selection process. This survey was sent to all programs listed by the Veterinary Internship and Residency Matching Program (VIRMP) for the 2019-2020 program year. Overall, the most important aspects of the residency application process were (1) letters of recommendation, (2) performance during the interview, (3) personal contact/recommendation from a colleague, (4) personal statement, and (5) demonstrated interest in the residency specialty. While measures of academic performance including GPA and veterinary class rank may play a role in sorting of candidates in more competitive specialties, this does not necessarily exclude them from the ranking process. This information should be helpful to candidates and program directors alike in understanding the success of the current residency candidate selection process.

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