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Pilot Study: Factors that Influence URiM Trainee Residency Recruitment in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Purpose: Assess important factors in the residency application
and match process for recruitment of OBGYN trainees underrepresented in
Background: ACGME has implemented requirements to cultivate a
diverse workforce. Little is known regarding program selection among URiM
applicants. We sought to identify factors in the recruitment and match process
among OBGYN URiM trainees compared to their peers.
Methods: Class of 2025 OBGYN residents were surveyed.
Participants were recruited by email and social media posts. Factors impacting
program selection were scored 1-5 (1=not important, 5=extremely import). Data
are presented as median (interquartile range).
Results: Of the 86 respondents, 24% (21/86) identified as URiM.
When assessing factors that positively impacted the decision to rank programs
top 3, compared to non-URiM applicants, URiM respondents ranked diverse patient
populations (4 (3 – 5) vs. 5 (4 – 5)), diversity initiatives (3 (2 – 4) vs. 5
(4 – 5)), inclusion initiatives (3 (2 – 4) vs. 5 (4 – 5)), advocacy initiatives
(3 (3 – 4) vs. 4 (3 – 5)) and faculty that were reflective of their own
identities (3 (2 – 4) vs. 5 (4 – 5)), respectively, all p< 0.05
significantly more important. URiM respondents ranked employment opportunities
for significant other less important than non-URiM respondents (1 (1 – 2) vs. 3
(1 – 5), respectively, p=0.02).
Discussions: Significant differences exist regarding factors that
influence URiM applicants’ top ranked residency programs when compared with
non-URiM respondents. Further research is necessary to understand the impact of
such factors to effectively recruit URiM trainees.
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