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Recommendation letters don't evaluate competency, new study says

Residency Program Insider, November 25, 2008

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Residency program managers are in the thick of the interview season. Selection committees are pouring over exam scores, CVs, and letters of recommendation. At the end of the day, program directors and coordinators want their rank lists filled with top-notch candidates who already have demonstrated some proficiency in the six ACGME core competencies. But just how effective are these metrics at providing information about the competencies?

Researchers at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, NJ, examined whether or not letters of recommendation provided information relevant to the core competencies. They studied sentence structure and content of the recommendation letters of candidates that were accepted into their programs since 1998.  

Of the 70 letters reviewed, 65 had at least one sentence regarding competency. Researchers say the content of most letters did not focus on other information. Although the majority of letters mentioned core competencies, there was not ample information regarding them in the letters of recommendation.

The study was published in the October issue of the Journal of Reproductive Medicine.



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