The profile of successful applicants for endocrine surgery fellowships: Results of a national survey

Afif N. Kulaylat, Erin M. Kenning, Charles H. Chesnut, Benjamin C. James, Jane R. Schubart, Brian D. Saunders

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Abstract

Background The American Association of Endocrine Surgeons initiated a fellowship match in 2007. The profile of applicants who successfully match into an endocrine surgery (ES) fellowship has not previously been characterized

Methods: An institutional review board-approved, web-based survey was distributed to recent and current ES fellows

Results: The survey response rate was 62% (56/90). The overall mean age was 33 years (standard deviation ±3), 54% were female, and 37% self-identified as non-white. Only 5% entered their surgical training with the aim of specializing in ES. During residency, respondents were exposed to high volumes of index ES cases. Sixty-two percent had dedicated research time. At the time of fellowship application, the median number of publications was 5 (range, 0 to 25), and 30% of respondents had additional advanced degrees. Conclusion Entering ES fellows has diverse backgrounds, with strong academic credentials. These data help inform the career mentoring of aspiring ES applicants.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)685-689
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Surgery
Volume208
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery

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