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A Novel Collaboration to Reduce the Travel-Related Cost of Residency Interviewing

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Introduction: Interviewing for residency is a complicated and often expensive endeavor. Literature has estimated interview costs of $4,000 to $15,000 per applicant, mostly attributable to travel and lodging. The authors sought to reduce these costs and improve the applicant interview experience by coordinating interview dates between two residency programs in Chicago, Illinois.

Methods: Two emergency medicine residency programs scheduled contiguous interview dates for the 2015–2016 interview season. We used a survey to assess applicant experiences interviewing in Chicago and attitudes regarding coordinated scheduling. Data on utilization of coordinated dates were obtained from interview scheduling software. The target group for this intervention consisted of applicants from medical schools outside Illinois who completed interviews at both programs.

Results: Of the 158 applicants invited to both programs, 84 (53%) responded to the survey. Scheduling data were available for all applicants. The total estimated cost savings for target applicants coordinating interview dates was $13,950. The majority of target applicants reported that this intervention increased the ease of scheduling (84%), made them less likely to cancel the interview (82%), and saved them money (71%).

Conclusion: Coordinated scheduling of interview dates was associated with significant estimated cost savings and was reviewed favorably by applicants across all measures of experience. Expanding use of this practice geographically and across specialties may further reduce the cost of interviewing for applicants.

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Applicant characteristics and estimated costs of interviewing.aStandard cost assumptions: $225 travel, $130 per night food and lodging.2$485 for same-week applicants (standard travel costs, 2 x food and lodging costs).$710 for separate-week applicants (2 x travel costs, 2 x food and lodging costs).
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f1-wjem-18-539: Applicant characteristics and estimated costs of interviewing.aStandard cost assumptions: $225 travel, $130 per night food and lodging.2$485 for same-week applicants (standard travel costs, 2 x food and lodging costs).$710 for separate-week applicants (2 x travel costs, 2 x food and lodging costs).

Mentions: Historical data used to identify the target group and estimate cost savings of same-week interviews is outlined in Figure 1. The estimated total cost savings of coordinated interview dates was $13,950. An additional $6,300 in potential cost savings was identified in the subgroup of target applicants who did not complete both interviews in the same week.


A Novel Collaboration to Reduce the Travel-Related Cost of Residency Interviewing
Applicant characteristics and estimated costs of interviewing.aStandard cost assumptions: $225 travel, $130 per night food and lodging.2$485 for same-week applicants (standard travel costs, 2 x food and lodging costs).$710 for separate-week applicants (2 x travel costs, 2 x food and lodging costs).
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f1-wjem-18-539: Applicant characteristics and estimated costs of interviewing.aStandard cost assumptions: $225 travel, $130 per night food and lodging.2$485 for same-week applicants (standard travel costs, 2 x food and lodging costs).$710 for separate-week applicants (2 x travel costs, 2 x food and lodging costs).
Mentions: Historical data used to identify the target group and estimate cost savings of same-week interviews is outlined in Figure 1. The estimated total cost savings of coordinated interview dates was $13,950. An additional $6,300 in potential cost savings was identified in the subgroup of target applicants who did not complete both interviews in the same week.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

ABSTRACT

Introduction: Interviewing for residency is a complicated and often expensive endeavor. Literature has estimated interview costs of $4,000 to $15,000 per applicant, mostly attributable to travel and lodging. The authors sought to reduce these costs and improve the applicant interview experience by coordinating interview dates between two residency programs in Chicago, Illinois.

Methods: Two emergency medicine residency programs scheduled contiguous interview dates for the 2015–2016 interview season. We used a survey to assess applicant experiences interviewing in Chicago and attitudes regarding coordinated scheduling. Data on utilization of coordinated dates were obtained from interview scheduling software. The target group for this intervention consisted of applicants from medical schools outside Illinois who completed interviews at both programs.

Results: Of the 158 applicants invited to both programs, 84 (53%) responded to the survey. Scheduling data were available for all applicants. The total estimated cost savings for target applicants coordinating interview dates was $13,950. The majority of target applicants reported that this intervention increased the ease of scheduling (84%), made them less likely to cancel the interview (82%), and saved them money (71%).

Conclusion: Coordinated scheduling of interview dates was associated with significant estimated cost savings and was reviewed favorably by applicants across all measures of experience. Expanding use of this practice geographically and across specialties may further reduce the cost of interviewing for applicants.

No MeSH data available.