Through its Reimagining Residency initiative, the American Medical Association (AMA) has awarded APGO a grant of $1.75 million over five years to fund the Transforming the UME to GME Transition: Right Resident, Right Program, Ready Day One project. APGO previously received a grant from the AMA to fund the initial feasibility study for the project. The goal of the project, led by Principal Investigator, Maya Hammoud, MD, MBA, is to:
Optimize the alignment and compatibility between interested applicants and potential residency programs through the application and selection processes
Provide incoming (matched) PGY-1 residents with professional development to ensure they have the medical knowledge, skills and support necessary to successfully begin residency
The project aims to simplify the residency application process by:
Developing standards to the ob-gyn application and interview processes by creating a single national calendar for residency application deadline, interview offerings, and rejections, and by establishing communication guidelines between applicants and programs.
Developing additional application review metrics to encourage holistic review of residency applications.
Developing an applicant compatibility index app that aids students with program selection by increasing transparency of metrics and characteristics programs use for residency selection.
Creating an optional early result application program to decrease the number of applications needed for a successful match whenever possible.
The project leadership team includes representation from both APGO and the Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology (CREOG).
On February 29, in conjunction with the CREOG & APGO Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida, the leadership team and volunteer work group members met to focus on these objectives.