Perspectives on virtual interviews—A follow-up study of the Comprehensive Endocrine Surgery Fellowship interview process

Academic Article


  • Background: The American Association of Endocrine Surgeons Comprehensive Endocrine Surgery Fellowship interview stakeholders previously favored in-person interviews, despite time and expense. This study assessed perception changes given mandated virtual interviews because of coronavirus disease 2019. Methods: Immediately after the 2020 Match, anonymous surveys were distributed to applicants (n = 37) and program directors (n = 22). Mixed-methods analyses were used to evaluate responses. Results were compared to data from a prior study of the 2013 to 2018 in-person interview process. Results: Response rates were 82% (program directors) and 60% (applicants). Compared with prior applicants, 2020 applicants attended similar numbers of interviews (1–10, 32% vs 37%; P = .61), used fewer vacation days (23% vs 56%; P = .01), and most reported 0 expenses. Burdens included lack of protected time for interviews. The virtual format did not compromise applicant ability to meet faculty (mean rank = 6.8/10) or make favorable impressions (mean rank = 6.8/10). Program directors reported equivalent or improved assessments of applicants. Program directors (72%) and applicants (77%) indicated that future interviews should be partially or completely virtual. Conclusion: In contrast to prior survey data, applicants and program directors now express interest in virtual or hybrid interview processes. Virtual interviews were less costly, less time-consuming, and met goals effectively. Integrating virtual interview components will require innovative strategies to reduce redundancies and promote equitable access.
  • Published In

  • Surgery  Journal
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Pubmed Id

  • 28173150
  • Author List

  • Geary AD; Wang TS; Lindeman B; Kuo JH; Lyden ML; Shen WT; Morris-Wiseman LF; Carty SE; Drake FT
  • Start Page

  • 259
  • End Page

  • 264
  • Volume

  • 171
  • Issue

  • 1