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News and briefs: U-M study suggests contact rules with match candidates need clarity

Residency Program Insider, July 10, 2012

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More than three-fourths of OB-GYN program directors indicated they initiated contact with candidates to match to their program after interviewing them, according to a University of Michigan study published in the latest issue of The Journal of Graduate Medical Education.

In the survey of OB-GYN program directors, 76.6% reported at least some level of such contact. The survey also found that 51.1% said they contacted “highly desirable candidates” to inform them they were ranked high enough to match prior to Match Week, according to an online The Wall Street Journal article.

Survey author Diana Curran, MD, FACOG, says the National Residency Matching Program’s (NRMP) rules on contact after the interview are too vague, leading to a wide interpretation of the rules. She says the NRMP, ACGME, and programs must work to clarify the rules.

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