Original Article

Factors Influencing Fourth-Year Medical Students’ Rank Lists of Radiology Residency Programs


University of Texas Medical Branch, Galvesto, Texas, USA

DOI: 10.5152/iai.2021.21016
Read: 795 Downloads: 248 Published: 09 June 2021

Background: Applicants for radiology residency programs consider various factors when completing their ranking lists of programs. However, in making their decision, there is usually minimal objective data that can guide applicants in creating their rank list. The goal of the study is to determine which factors in order of importance lead to the decision to rank one residency program over the other.

Methods: This study was an anonymous, cross-sectional study conducted through an online survey in March of 2019. Emails were sent out to applicants who had interviewed at the University of Texas Medical Branch’s Diagnostic Radiology department after match day. The survey consisted of a single open-ended question asking the respondents to list 4 factors in order of importance that guided their program rank list.

Results: Of the 73 surveys sent out, a total of 30 applicants responded, a response rate of 41%. The most common “first preference” factors were “Reputation,” “Location,” and “Work Environment,” with 23.33%, 20%, and 20% of applicants considering these the most important factors in ranking a program.

Conclusion: Despite reputation being the most common “first preference” factor, “Work Environment” was more commonly mentioned overall, being mentioned in 23.35% of all answers compared to “Reputation” at 12.5%. These results, combined with the difficulty in changing a program’s location and reputation, make it clear that programs should focus on building and highlighting a healthy work environment to attract applicants.
Cite this article as: Saenz F, Alwan S, Nguyen Q. Factors influencing fourth-year medical students’ rank lists of radiology residency programs. Imaging Interv. 2021; 1(1): 6-10.  

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