An evaluation of social media utilization by general surgery programs in the COVID-19 era

Academic Article


  • Background: Our study investigates how general surgery residency programs utilized social media to adapt to the challenges of COVID-19. Methods: 319 participating general surgery residency programs provided by the Electronic Residency Application Service were analyzed in this study. Associated Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook accounts were assessed to find virtual open houses and externships. Results: Of the 319 program, 188 (59%) were found to have a social media presence. A total of 348 social media accounts were found, as some of the programs had separate residency and department accounts. Of all the social media accounts, 112 (32%) of the accounts were created after March 1, 2020. Virtual open houses opportunities were found to be advertised across all platforms. Conclusion: Many general surgery programs responded to the physical limitations of COVID-19 pandemic by increasingly utilizing social media during the COVID-19 pandemic. Virtual opportunities should be considered as a novel approach for future outreach and recruitment.
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Pubmed Id

  • 1079919
  • Author List

  • Fang HA; Boudreau H; Khan S; Singh NP; Rais-Bahrami S; King TW; Corey B; Chen H
  • Start Page

  • 937
  • End Page

  • 943
  • Volume

  • 222
  • Issue

  • 5