Evaluation of Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency and Fellowship Program Websites

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  • Background: The internet is a valuable resource for residency and fellowship applicants when deciding where to apply or interview, yet program websites have shown critical deficiencies in accessibility and content. No analysis of cardiothoracic surgery program websites has been performed. Methods: Online databases and Google were used to identify integrated, 4 + 3, and traditional cardiothoracic surgery residency and fellowship programs. The accessibility of websites from each of these sources was assessed and the presence or absence of content that may be relevant to applicants was evaluated by two reviewers. Results: Eighty-nine active programs were identified and 86 had functional websites. Website content and accessibility were overall suboptimal in all 86 of these programs. Google was the most reliable means of accessing a program's website. Fifty percent of integrated program websites and 60% of traditional fellowship websites contained less than half of the content assessed. Information on 4 + 3 programs was extremely limited. Conclusions: Despite the value that a program's website could provide to applicants when making decisions during the application process, cardiothoracic surgery residency and fellowship websites remain difficult to access and are not uniformly providing information that may be important. Improving cardiothoracic website accessibility and content may have implications for attracting the most competitive applicants while limiting the financial and scheduling demands associated with the interview process. Creation of a current database containing standardized information relevant to applicants may improve applicants' ability to form an impression of a program before scheduling an interview.
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  • Miller VM; Padilla LA; Schuh A; Mauchley D; Cleveland D; Aburjania Z; Dabal R
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  • 200
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  • 206
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  • 246