Evidence-Based Selection of Surgical Residents

Surg Clin North Am. 2021 Aug;101(4):667-677. doi: 10.1016/j.suc.2021.05.012.


Residency programs should use a systematic method of recruitment that begins with defining unique desired candidate attributes. Commonly sought-after characteristics may be delineated via the residency application. Scores from standardized examinations taken in medical school predict academic success, and may correlate to overall performance. Strong letters of recommendation and a personal history of prior success outside the medical field both forecast success in residency. Interviews are crucial to determining fit within a program, and remain a valid measure of an applicant's ability to prosper in a particular program, even with many interviews being completed in the virtual realm.

Keywords: ABSITE; Recruitment; Resident; Selection; USMLE.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Evidence-Based Practice
  • General Surgery / education*
  • Humans
  • Internship and Residency / organization & administration*
  • Interviews as Topic
  • Personality
  • School Admission Criteria*
  • Social Skills
  • Students, Medical / psychology
  • United States