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Development and Implementation of a Regional Virtual Residency Program Town Hall to Prepare Programs for the Virtual Residency Application Season
To develop and implement a regional virtual OBGYN residency program town hall to enhance preparation for the virtual residency application season.
As part of the recommendations from the “Right Residency, Right Program, Ready Day One” working group, CREOG and APGO have encouraged a virtual residency application season. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) District XI identified a potential need to prepare Texas residency programs.
We solicited input from all 18 Texas OBGYN residency programs to determine whether there was a need to help programs prepare for the upcoming virtual residency application season. We developed a planning group inclusive of resident, medical student, residency director, student director, and CREOG Region 4 representative perspectives to develop a virtual session addressing these needs.
Sixteen of 18 (89%) Texas residency programs responded to the needs assessment, all in favor of a town hall session. All 18 (100%) ultimately registered for the program once announced. Based on needs identified, we developed a 2-hour evening program including an overview and timeline of the residency application season; discussion of preparatory resources available (CREOG, APGO, and AAMC); a virtual panel on social media/website presence; a virtual panel on conducting interview days; and a “Q&A” session.
A regional virtual residency program town hall provides programs with information and collaboration to prepare for a virtual interview season, and can be modified to meet the needs of programs in a particular geographic region.
CREOG & APGO Annual Meeting, 2021, Faculty, Residency Director, Residency Coordinator, Professionalism, GME,