ACEP expresses concerns over results of residency rankings

Residency Program Insider, September 26, 2014

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In response to recently released residency program rankings by Doximity, representatives from the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) met with the social networking service’s co-founder, Nate Gross, to state their concerns with the results regarding emergency medicine programs. They also met with Ben Harder, managing editor and director of health analysis for U.S. & News Report, which promoted the survey results.
During the meetings, the ACEP representatives expressed the following concerns:
·         The results were misleading because they were not based on objective criteria
·         Factors that influence medical students’ residency choices, such as geography, were not included in the survey
·         The results are based on the opinions of physicians who only have first-hand knowledge of programs they personally attended
·         The results didn’t reflect the unique nature of the emergency medicine specialty
·         The results sent a dangerous public health message to patients having medical emergencies
The ACEP representatives and Harder discussed the possibility of publishing a companion piece about the results in U.S. & News Report. Gross suggested discussing the results further at ACEP’s next conference.
Source: American College of Emergency Physicians


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