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Faculty Members’ Perspective on Virtual Interviews for Medical Residency Matching during the COVID-19 Crisis: A National Survey

Version 1 : Received: 7 December 2021 / Approved: 10 December 2021 / Online: 10 December 2021 (20:17:44 CET)

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Aljamaan, F.; Alkhattabi, F.; Al-Eyadhy, A.; Alhaboob, A.; Alharbi, N.S.; Alherbish, A.; Almosned, B.; Alobaylan, M.; Alabdulkarim, H.; Jamal, A.; Alhaider, S.A.; Alsaywid, B.; Bashiri, F.A.; Barry, M.; Al-Tawfiq, J.A.; Alhasan, K.; Temsah, M.-H. Faculty Members’ Perspective on Virtual Interviews for Medical Residency Matching during the COVID-19 Crisis: A National Survey. Healthcare 2022, 10, 16. Aljamaan, F.; Alkhattabi, F.; Al-Eyadhy, A.; Alhaboob, A.; Alharbi, N.S.; Alherbish, A.; Almosned, B.; Alobaylan, M.; Alabdulkarim, H.; Jamal, A.; Alhaider, S.A.; Alsaywid, B.; Bashiri, F.A.; Barry, M.; Al-Tawfiq, J.A.; Alhasan, K.; Temsah, M.-H. Faculty Members’ Perspective on Virtual Interviews for Medical Residency Matching during the COVID-19 Crisis: A National Survey. Healthcare 2022, 10, 16.

Journal reference: Healthcare 2021, 10, 16
DOI: 10.3390/healthcare10010016

Abstract

During the COVID-19 pandemic, conducting face-to-face medical residency interviews was challenging due to infection prevention precautions, social distancing and travel restrictions. Virtual interviews were implemented by the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties (SCFHS) as an alternative process for residency matching while striving to maintain the same quality standards. This national survey was conducted to assess the satisfaction and perceptions of faculty members’ virtual interviews performance in the assessment for the medical training residency programs. Among the participating 173 faculty members (34.1%) did not have previous experience with video-conferencing. Zoom application was the most commonly used platform (65.9%). Most (89.6%) of the faculty perceived virtual interviews as “adequate” for the candidates to express themselves, while almost half of the faculty (53.8%) agreed that virtual interviews allowed them to accurately reach an impression about the candidates. Overall, 73.4% of faculty felt comfortable ranking the virtually interviewed candidates. We conclude that the acceptance of participating faculty members in the first Saudi medical residency training matching cycle virtual interviewing event was well perceived. This study provides evidence for future application and research of virtual interviews in residency candidates' assessment, especially after the pandemic crisis resolves.

Keywords

COVID-19; medical residency; virtual interviews; satisfaction; survey; faculty member

Subject

MEDICINE & PHARMACOLOGY, Other

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