Student Edgemont Junior senior high school Scarsdale, New York, United States
Case Diagnosis: Significance: Prior to applying to residency and interviewing, most of the applicants turn to the internet to gain more information about the program, their residents and faculty members. Maintaining and updating the program website is critical especially during the current pandemic as most of the applicants are not able to visit the hospitals and interviews are being conducted virtually. Studies have demonstrated that amongst anesthesia and emergency medicine residency applicants, the content of the program's website including curriculum, hospital location, faculty, current residents and research opportunities influences a prospective applicant's decision to apply to the program.
Objective: To evaluate comprehensiveness of PM&R residency program websites.
Design and Participants: Review of all PM&R residency program websites including information available on FRIEDA is reviewed for comprehensiveness.
Discussions: Main outcomes and measures: Review of multiple criteria including ease of finding link to the department website, criteria for application process, instruction, rotation schedule, research, clinical training and information about faculty members.
Results: Very few PM&R residency websites met all the criteria and majority were lacking useful information including requiring multiple attempts to reach the residency website.
Conclusions: Conclusions and relevance: The Frieda and hospital websites provide few direct links to PMR residency websites. Individual program websites do not effectively and completely convey information about the programs. The Internet is an underused resource for resident recruitment. The lack of information on these sites allows for future opportunity to optimize this resource.