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Monday, February 27 • 10:00am - 10:45am
(POWDER MOUNTAIN-SOLITUDE) The Fellowship Applicant Interview Process: Keys to a Successful Selection (Oakley Preston)

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Abstract Body: Objectives Summarize changes in the University of Utah Endocrinology Fellowship selection process. Engage participants in sharing their own selection processes. Engage participants in designing a standardized selection process that optimizes the likelihood of selecting fellow candidates who will succeed at the institution. Methods The fellowship application process from the program’s perspective consists of 3 stages, which includes application review, the interview, and the post-interview ranking process. This is quite challenging at every stage since the applicants have varied experiences in education, clinical & community outreach activities, teaching, and research. Also, their personality, ability to communicate effectively, interest in the respective specialty, exam scores, letters of recommendation, and their potential to ‘fit’ well into a program are all extremely important factors to be considered during the ranking process. The varied experiences of different applicants should be weighed on the same platform using a judicious, reproducible and systematic process. This is extremely challenging due to a multitude of interviewee and interviewer related factors, both academic and personality. The University of Utah Endocrinology Fellowship program recently changed from recruiting 1 fellow per year for a required 3-year fellowship to 2 fellows per year for the ACGME required 2-year fellowship. We also changed our process from including a few faculty in the selection process to all faculty. About 58 prospective fellows apply every year, 10-30 applicants are invited for a personal interview, and a selected percentage of them are ranked. The fellowship training involves a close interaction between a small group of faculty and fellows almost on a daily basis throughout the training period which is very different from large residency programs where trainees have limited interaction with the same faculty. Also, fellows are considered ‘adult learners’ compared to residents and a higher emphasis is placed on research and leadership prospects during fellowship selection. Intended Outcomes Understanding the similarities and differences between residency and fellowship selection process. Exchange of ideas about increased value for our effort and identify best practices. Establishing a focus group interested to interact and share ideas about this in the future. Target Audience Program directors, assistant directors, and faculty Trainees (fellows, residents, and medical students) Training program managers and coordinators Undergraduate Medical Education faculty and staff 

Monday February 27, 2017 10:00am - 10:45am

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