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Prospectus: Virtual Interviews: The Good, the Bad, and the Unexpected

Resident: Annaleigh Coleman, MD

Faculty Advisor: Katie Smith, MD, MS


Introduction: Historically, interviews for medical residency were conducted in-person and on site.This allowed candidates to view facilities, meet many residents and faculty and observe interactions of the program residents.Following the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Association of American Medical Colleges provided guidance recommending continued virtual interviews throughout the 2022-2023 residency application interview cycle. This recommendation has continued and most if not all interviews will be conducted virtually in the upcoming season. Advantages of virtual interviews include cost effectiveness, time efficiency, and reduced carbon footprint. Disadvantages of virtual interviews include technological issues and difficulty assessing “fit.”

Aims: This study aims to evaluate the perception of medical students and current residents from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine regarding virtual interviews to guide preparation for future interview cycles.


The observational study will survey residency applicants and current residents from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine via an anonymous Qualtrics survey.Students and residents will be surveyed about perceptions of programs in the virtual environment compared to when they arrived for residency as well as their perceived advantages and disadvantages to the virtual interview process.

Results / Conclusions

The study is currently ongoing.


Steele TN, Prabhu SS, Layton RG, Runyan CM, David LR. The Virtual Interview Experience: Advantages, Disadvantages, and Trends in Applicant Behavior. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2022 Nov 22;10(11):e4677. doi: 10.1097/GOX.0000000000004677. PMID: 36438459; PMCID: PMC9681621.