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Microsurgery Fellowship Website and Social Media Presence: Are Programs Optimizing Recruitment Strategy?

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Atia, A; Langdell, HC; Hollins, A; Shammas, RL; Glener, A; Marks, C; Lee, BT; Phillips, BT
Published in: J Reconstr Microsurg
May 2021

BACKGROUND:  Microsurgery fellowship applicants make decisions for future training based on information obtained from colleagues, mentors, and microsurgery fellowship program Websites (MFWs). In this study, we sought to evaluate the accessibility and quality of available information by microsurgery programs by analyzing the most commonly used web resources and social media outlets for applicants. METHODS:  The San Francisco (SF) Match and American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery Websites were queried in April 2020 for microsurgery fellowship programs (MFPs) participating in the SF Match. Twenty-two independent variables of information were assessed on MFWs based on previously published data. Social media presence was also assessed by querying Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for official hospital, plastic surgery residency, and microsurgery fellowship accounts. RESULTS:  All 24 MFWs participating in the SF Match had a webpage. Program description, faculty listing, operative volume, and eligibility requirements were listed for all programs (100%). The majority of MFWs listed affiliated hospitals (75%), provided a link to the fellowship application (66.7%), listed interview dates (66.7%), and highlighted research interests (50%). A minority of MFWs provided information on conference schedule (37.5%), current fellow listing (25%), previous fellow listing (16.67%), and positions held by previous fellows (8.33%). No MFWs (0%) presented information on selection process, or rotation schedule.All hospitals with an MFP had a Facebook page and nearly all had Instagram (83.3%) and Twitter accounts (95.8%). Plastic surgery residency programs at the same institution of an MFP had social media presence on Facebook (38.9%), Twitter (38.9%), and Instagram (66.7%). Only three MFPs had Facebook accounts (12.5%) and none had Instagram or Twitter accounts. CONCLUSION:  As the field of microsurgery continues to grow, the need for effective recruitment and training of microsurgeons continues to be essential. Overall, we conclude that both the accessibility and quality of information available to applicants are limited, which is a missed opportunity for recruitment.

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J Reconstr Microsurg

DOI

EISSN

1098-8947

Publication Date

May 2021

Volume

37

Issue

4

Start / End Page

380 / 384

Location

United States

Related Subject Headings

  • United States
  • Surgery
  • Social Media
  • San Francisco
  • Microsurgery
  • Internship and Residency
  • Humans
  • Fellowships and Scholarships
  • Education, Medical, Graduate
  • 3203 Dentistry
 

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Atia, A., Langdell, H. C., Hollins, A., Shammas, R. L., Glener, A., Marks, C., … Phillips, B. T. (2021). Microsurgery Fellowship Website and Social Media Presence: Are Programs Optimizing Recruitment Strategy? J Reconstr Microsurg, 37(4), 380–384. https://doi.org/10.1055/s-0040-1717152
Atia, Andrew, Hannah C. Langdell, Andrew Hollins, Ronnie L. Shammas, Adam Glener, Caitlin Marks, Bernard T. Lee, and Brett T. Phillips. “Microsurgery Fellowship Website and Social Media Presence: Are Programs Optimizing Recruitment Strategy?J Reconstr Microsurg 37, no. 4 (May 2021): 380–84. https://doi.org/10.1055/s-0040-1717152.
Atia A, Langdell HC, Hollins A, Shammas RL, Glener A, Marks C, et al. Microsurgery Fellowship Website and Social Media Presence: Are Programs Optimizing Recruitment Strategy? J Reconstr Microsurg. 2021 May;37(4):380–4.
Atia, Andrew, et al. “Microsurgery Fellowship Website and Social Media Presence: Are Programs Optimizing Recruitment Strategy?J Reconstr Microsurg, vol. 37, no. 4, May 2021, pp. 380–84. Pubmed, doi:10.1055/s-0040-1717152.
Atia A, Langdell HC, Hollins A, Shammas RL, Glener A, Marks C, Lee BT, Phillips BT. Microsurgery Fellowship Website and Social Media Presence: Are Programs Optimizing Recruitment Strategy? J Reconstr Microsurg. 2021 May;37(4):380–384.
Journal cover image

Published In

J Reconstr Microsurg

DOI

EISSN

1098-8947

Publication Date

May 2021

Volume

37

Issue

4

Start / End Page

380 / 384

Location

United States

Related Subject Headings

  • United States
  • Surgery
  • Social Media
  • San Francisco
  • Microsurgery
  • Internship and Residency
  • Humans
  • Fellowships and Scholarships
  • Education, Medical, Graduate
  • 3203 Dentistry