Thursday, April 19, 2018

Predicting Future Resident Performance Based on Residency Application Material

Ramy Masroujeh
Case Western Reserve University

Resident recruitment is an annual costly and resource-intensive process for training programs. Limited empirical evidence is available to guide resident selection. The purpose of this work was to assess the effectiveness and attempt to improve the current internal medicine resident selection process for the categorical track at University Hospitals – Cleveland Medical Center (UHCMC). A retrospective review of performance and applicant characteristics of recent program graduates between the years 2010 and 2016. A total of 135 residents were studied. Global resident performance was assessed by two program directors. Applicant characteristics studied were interview scores, United States Medical Licensure Examination (USMLE) scores, internal medicine clerkship grade, third year class percentile, medical school of graduation, graduate degrees, scientific publications, Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) membership, and Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) membership. Overall, there was weak correlation between current ranking system and final resident performance. Multiple linear regression showed that GHHS membership, an internal medicine grade above pass, and higher exit interview score predicted better resident performance.