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The benefit of a special elective gynecologic oncology program for obstetrics and gynecology residents
Objective: To assess the benefit of a special elective gynecologic oncology program for Obstetrics and Gynecology (Ob/Gyn) residents. Methods: We reviewed our housestaff records from July 1992 to June 1998 and the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) subspeciality match results for gynecologic oncology from its inception in 1994 to 1999. Results: From July 1992 to June 1998, a total of 146 residents participated in our elective program. Of the 104 candidates who went through our program and subsequently participated in the NRMP, 55 (53%) obtained match positions. After completion of the elective, 42 of the 146 residents (29%) did not participate in the NRMP for gynecologic oncology and therefore were not eligible to obtain match appointments. During the study period, there were 255 other residents in the United States who applied for gynecologic oncology fellowship positions through the NRMP and did not participate in our program. Of these 255 candidates, 137 (54%) matched. Conclusion: The percentage of residents who went through our program, participated in the NRMP, and obtained fellowships did not differ significantly from the percentage of residents who matched without participating in the program. However, almost onethird of the residents who went through our program did not participate in the NRMP. The reasons for their lack of participation were not formally evaluated, but are likely related to a personal decision to pursue another carrer pathway, a decision facilitiated by their experience in our program. Therefore, it appears that the main benefits of the program are to help potential candidates decide whether or not to pursue a career in gyencologic oncology and to aid fellowship programs in identifying exceptional candidates for subspecialty training.