Tip of the week: How to develop a selection policy

Residency Program Insider, February 28, 2014

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The sponsoring institution and every program within it should also have a selection policy. The purpose of the selection policy is to ensure that residency programs are picking the best candidates based on academic credentials, communication skills, preparedness, ability, aptitude, and personal qualities such as motivation and integrity. The Institutional Requirements state that ACGME-accredited programs must not discriminate against applicants “with regards to sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, disability, or any other applicable legally protected status.”

Just like with the eligibility policy, it is easy to create the framework of your selection policy by following the ACGME’s Institutional Requirements. Again, adding your own individual program requirements for selection is optimal, but you will want to make sure they are in agreement with the ACGME’s stipulations listed above. You may consider adding prerequisites such as:

  • Class rank
  • Research experience
  • Extracurricular experience

The second part of the resident selection process entails participating in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) if it is available for your specialty. The NRMP is rapidly moving toward including all specialties because it provides the fairest and most efficient way for you to select qualified applicants. The ACGME strongly recommends any program eligible to participate in “The Match.”

This tip is from The Graduate Medical Education Committee Handbook, by Vicki Hamm.

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