Advising Medical Students for the Match: A National Survey of Pediatrics Clerkship Directors

Michael S. Ryan, Leonard J. Levine, Jorie M. Colbert-Getz, Nancy D. Spector, H. Barrett Fromme

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Abstract Objective To describe the role and perspectives of pediatrics clerkship directors (CDs) who provide advice to students who apply to Pediatrics residency training programs. Methods We developed a survey based on previous studies and data from the 2012 National Residency Matching Program- Program Director (NRMP-PD) survey. Topics included CDs roles and confidence in advising, perspectives on applicants' competitiveness, and resources used to inform advising practice. This survey was disseminated as part of the 2013 Council on Medical Student Education in Pediatrics annual survey. Results CDs from 63 (45%) Liaison Committee for Medical Education-accredited medical schools in the United States responded. All CDs had some advising role, and most (68%) served in a formal advising capacity. Most (58%) also participated in the intern selection process at their institution. Those with formal advising roles were not significantly more confident in their advising than those without formal roles. CDs relied heavily on subjective resources and most did not use the NRMP-PD survey data. Despite this, the perspectives of CDs were similar to those of program directors based on the most recent NRMP-PD survey. Conclusions Pediatrics CDs uniformly serve in advising capacities and have perspectives that compare favorably with those of program directors. Despite this concordance, the high reliance on subjective resources and the frequency in which CDs participate in intern selection raises concern. The results of this study have several implications for key stakeholders in the residency selection process.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number707
Pages (from-to)374-379
Number of pages6
JournalAcademic pediatrics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • advising
  • pediatrics clerkship
  • residency application
  • undergraduate medical education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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