Chair: Lisa David
Co-Chair: Amanda Gosman
The residency selection committee has been working on 3 issues this year and would like to relay the following information to our members:
Issue 1- Resident Match Survey Results
Applicants to plastic surgery integrated and independent training programs in 2014 were surveyed. Our results showed that the majority of respondents matched successfully and felt that the process was fair. However, most respondents believe that the interview process is unreasonably expensive, with most applicants interviewing at more than eight programs to make a sound decision for their rank list. The respondents agreed that regionalizing interviews could save money and time. Respondents had mixed opinions about the ACAPS policy restricting contact between applicants and programs, but did report that nearly all programs adhered to the policy.
Issue 2- Late Program Withdrawals from the Integrated Match
During the 2013-14 San Francisco Match cycle for Independent Plastic Surgery Residencies, an unprecedented number of programs withdrew from the Match late in the process. The American Council of Academic Plastic Surgeons (ACAPS) provides oversight of the San Francisco Match for the Independent Plastic Surgery Residency Programs. ACAPS leadership thoroughly examined the circumstances of each program withdrawal and the existing Match policies. In each case reviewed, program withdrawal from the Match was to avoid a candidate matching to a position that may not meet the requirements American Board of Plastic Surgery eligibility-because of program instability due to changes in institutional funding, leadership or ABPS policy compliance. It is an ACAPS priority moving forward to encourage early disclosure of program instability and reduce the hardship imposed upon the applicants by late program withdrawals. Effective for the 2014-15 Match cycle a December 1st deadline will be imposed for program withdrawals from the Match.
Issue 3- Residency Letter of Recommendation has been revised and is on the website.