Surveying Obstetrics and Gynecology Residents About Their Residency Applications, Interviews, and Ranking

Karen E. George, Gregory M. Gressel, Tony Ogburn, Mark B. Woodland, Erika Banks

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Background Residency applications have increased in the last decade, creating growing challenges for applicants and programs. Objective We evaluated factors associated with application and match into obstetrics and gynecology residency. Methods During the annual in-training examination administered to all obstetrics and gynecology residents in the United States, residents were surveyed on the residency application process. Results Ninety-five percent (5094 of 5347) residents responded to the survey. Thirty-six percent reported applying to 30 or fewer programs, 26.7% applied to more than 31 programs, and 37.1% opted not to answer this question. Forty-nine percent of residents received honors in their obstetrics and gynecology clerkship and 37.1% did not. The majority of residents (88.6%) reported scoring between 200 and 250 on USMLE Step 1. Eighty-six percent matched into one of their top 5 programs. The only factor associated with matching in residents’ top 5 programs was receiving honors in their clerkship (OR 1.29; 95% CI 1.08–1.54; P <.005). The only factor associated with matching below the top 5 programs was a couples match (OR 0.56; 95% CI 0.43–0.72; P <.001). In choosing where to apply, residents identified program location and reputation as the most important factors, while for ranking, location and residency culture were the most important. Conclusions Most obstetrics and gynecology residents reported matching into their top 5 choices. Receiving an honors grade in the clerkship was the only factor associated with matching in applicants’ top 5 programs. Location was the most important factor for applying to and ranking of programs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)257-265
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of graduate medical education
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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