News and briefs: Study suggests team athletes are most successful residents

Residency Program Insider, August 28, 2012

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What is the best quality that indicates success for a resident in a program? Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis published a study that concludes “established excellence in a team sport” was the most common link to successful residents, according to an online story.

The study, published in a recent edition of the Journal of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck, suggests a stronger correlation between future physician success and past success in team sports than standardized test scores, grades, or interviews. As a result of the study, The University of Washington is currently screening applicants for experience in team-based activities such as sports or musical groups, according to the story.

A larger study across multiple programs is expected from these researchers soon. To read more, click here.

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