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Neurosurgery Resident Matching Program ERAS/NRMP: AAMC Society of Neurological Surgeons. Philip R. Weinstein, MD SNS Match Committee. NSRMP. TRANSITION SFM TO ERAS/NRMP MATCH RESULTS FOR 2009 Program Director Survey PROBLEMS ENCOUNTERED GOALS FOR THE FUTURE QUESTIONS AND CONCERNS.

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Neurosurgery resident matching program eras nrmp aamc society of neurological surgeons

Neurosurgery Resident Matching ProgramERAS/NRMP: AAMCSociety of Neurological Surgeons

Philip R. Weinstein, MD

SNS Match Committee


Nsrmp

NSRMP

TRANSITION SFM

TO ERAS/NRMP

MATCH RESULTS FOR 2009

Program Director Survey

PROBLEMS ENCOUNTERED

GOALS FOR THE FUTURE

QUESTIONS AND CONCERNS


Rationale for transition to aamc match
Rationale for Transitionto AAMC Match

  • Financial considerations

  • Separate applications for GS internship

  • Integration of PGY 1 into neurosurgery

  • Neurology and ENT transition was satisfactory

  • Disadvantages

    • Loss of personalized service

    • Later match date: simultaneous

    • Longer interview period


Background contacts
Background/Contacts

  • NRMP 1952

    • 37,000 students processed /yr.

    • 4,100 programs matched

    • 24,000 matches

    • User guide: www.nrmp.org

    • Help: [email protected]

    • 866-617 5837

  • ERAS 1995


Cost

  • ERAS

    • Free to programs

    • Students: $60/1-10 programs

      $8/11-20

      $15/21-30

      $25ea./31+

  • NRMP

    • $175/Dean’s Office institutional fee

    • $30/Program + $30/matched applicant

    • $50/Student


Timeline for nsrmp 2009 2010
Timeline for NSRMP: 2009-2010

  • ERAS REGISTRATION 4-30-09

  • INTERVIEW DATES LISTED: SNS/ERAS 7-1-09

  • INTERVIEW DATE COORDINATION 7-8/10

  • NRMP REGISTRATION 9-1-09

  • APPLICATIONS SUBMITTED 8-10/09

  • DEADLINE: APPLICATIONS 11/1-09

  • INTERVIEW INVITATIONS 9 to 11-09

  • INTERVIEWS 10-09 to 2/10

  • QUOTA CHANGE DEADLINE 1-31-10

  • DEADLINE: RANK LISTS 2-24-10

  • MATCH WEEK 3-15-09

  • MATCH DAY 3-18-10

  • MATCH OUTCOME: STUDENTS/ PROGRAMS 3-22-10


Interest qualifications for ns
Interest/qualifications for NS

2008 2009

  • Rank lists submitted 254 317

  • Positions/applicants 0.7 0.6

  • Applicants/position 1.9:1 2.4:1

  • Ranked applicants/position --- 3.9

  • Applications: total 356 458/272

  • US seniors matched 88%-154 82%-171

  • Positions offered 179 191

  • NS only/first choice --- 221

  • Av. USMLE/matched 236 239

  • Av. Applications/student 24 38

  • Av. Offers received 4.7 --


Ns residency positions available us senior student applicants matched
NS Residency Positions Available/US Senior StudentApplicants Matched

  • 1998 148/71%

  • 2001 151/93%

  • 2004 153/79%

  • 2007 171/83%

  • 2008 179/88%

  • 2009 191/82%


Unmatched us seniors total 2009 n 44 126
Unmatched US Seniors/Total 2009 (n=44/126)

  • Only 10 of 44 US seniors ranked an alternative in the match

    • PGY-1 gen’l surg. only 2

    • Gen’l surg. Categorical 2

    • Neurology 1

    • Radiology 1

  • Remainder used Scramble or chose to wait, take fellowship and try again

  • No open NS positions this year

  • 19% US Seniors unmatched

  • Students go to Dean’s Office or NS mentors for advice/assistance

  • Unmatched 2008 70 US+IMG vs 126 (2009)


Stressful circumstance for ns committed students
Stressful Circumstance for NS committed students

  • Application, interview, rank listing and acceptance for a back up non-neurosurgical specialty eliminates possibility of participating in the Scramble (if there is one) for an open unfilled position in a NS program because of the NRMP contractual agreement to accept the position if matched to a backup specialty.


Comparative match data
Comparative Match Data

Pos. %US %Tot.

Neurosurg. 191 90 100

Neurology 196 63 100

Orthosurg. 641 92 100

Fam. Med. 2535 42 91


Neurosurgery program directors match survey 2009 response rate 60 58 99
Neurosurgery Program Directors Match Survey- 2009 Response rate: 60% (58/99)

Easy Difficult

  • Data download 91% 9%

  • System use overall 93% 7%

  • Rank list entry 100% ----

  • Help Desk 100% ----

  • Compare SFM 94% 4%


Favorite features

Online, electronic

Paperless, efficient

Easy to track, score, rank, complete, distribute, review applications

Sorting, grouping, filter, reports

Post office, communications

Interview manager

Easier for students to prepare and submit applications

Additional later submissions filed automatically

Project data for selection meetings

Favorite Features


Problems encountered
Problems Encountered

  • ERAS not user friendly, difficult to rank, files lost

  • Letters of recommendation not transmitted

  • Download to disc difficult

  • Unable to access from home (should not be a problem)

  • Not MAC compatible (pdf files download to disc)


Interview process
Interview Process

  • Number increased 44%

  • Range 10-25%

  • Number Same 30%

  • More time better 42%

  • No difference 39%

  • Started later 73%


Interview process1
Interview Process

  • Listed dates on SNS website 90%

  • Coordinated regionally 50%

  • Willing to coordinate 2010 82%

  • Interview during externship 29%

  • Second visit allowed 85%

  • Second visit encouraged 35%


Number of applications 2009
Number of Applications: 2009

  • Increased 68%

  • Unchanged 32%

  • Range increase: n=20-100 20-25%


Profile of applicants 2009
Profile of Applicants: 2009

  • Quality improved 66%

  • Quality unchanged 34%

  • More females 41%

  • Backup specialty selected 22%

  • Students advised re backup 23%


Use of eras to prepare export rank list to nrmp
Use of ERAS to prepare/export rank list to NRMP

  • Easy 45%

  • Fair 20%

  • Not used 68%

  • Comment: This is easy and saves lots of time/effort. Call Help desk as needed.


Application additions requested
Application additions requested

  • Undergraduate transcripts

  • List of neurosurgery rotations

  • USMLE II scores (sent when available)

  • Additional 2-3 reference letters (?neurosurgeons)

  • Statement of goals after training

  • Comment: Each of these items can be requested by individual programs on department web sites and/or in interview acceptance letter but are not required by ERAS.


Interview scheduling
Interview Scheduling

  • Programs list dates on SNS and ERAS

    websites: Coordinators attempt regional scheduling by weeks and days

    Suggested remedies:

    Earlier interview invitations

    Shorter interview period:

    Nov. and Dec. or Nov. and Jan.

    Allow interviews during externship visit


Transition action items for 2009 10
Transition Action Itemsfor 2009-10

  • List special application requirements or preferences on department web site, brochures, interview acceptance letter

  • Inform less qualified NS interested students at your school that simultaneous application to a back-up specialty is advisable since unfilled positions are rarely if ever available through the Scramble

  • Avoid repeat recruitment visits and expense payments and pre-match commitments despite late match date

  • Refine PGY-1 curriculum/rotations

  • Coordinate interview dates with neighboring programs in July; offer multiple dates


Sns match rules
SNS Match Rules

  • Don’t ask; don’t tell about rank list:

  • No commitments prior to match by students or program

  • Clerkship helps but is optional

  • Second visit allowed but not encouraged or required or official

  • No interview or visit expenses paid

  • Avoid gender or marital discrimination


Summary
Summary

  • Neurosurgery is continuing to attract qualified, competent and dedicated residency applicants

  • The transition to ERAS/NRMP has occurred smoothly and without major adjustment problems in most cases

  • Future efforts to reduce the number of applications to programs and interviews per student and to coordinate interview travel time and expense are needed

  • Counseling and alternative planning for potentially and actually unmatched US senior students is needed


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