Charlotte Page Wills

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PURPOSE To study the prevalence of potentially illegal questions in residency interviews and to identify the impact of such questions on applicants' decisions to rank programs. METHOD Using an Electronic Residency Application Service-supported survey, the authors surveyed all applicants from U.S. medical schools to residency programs in five specialties(More)
A 25-year-old US-born man, formerly healthy, presented to the emergency department, complaining of foreign body sensation in his right eye for 1 day. Review of symptoms revealed 18 months of intermittent pruritic skin swellings. Travel history was extensive, mainly to Central and South America (including Peru recently), with one 12-day trip to Equatorial(More)
PURPOSE To describe the prevalence and effects on applicants of being asked potentially illegal questions during the residency interview process by surveying all residency applicants to all specialties. METHOD The authors surveyed all applicants from U.S. medical schools to residency programs in all specialties in 2012-2013. The survey included questions(More)
PURPOSE The multiple mini-interview (MMI) is a validated interview technique used primarily to evaluate medical school applicants. No study has compared MMIs with traditional interviews (TIs) in the evaluation of U.S. emergency medicine residency (EMR) applicants. METHOD During the 2011-2012 interview season, a four-station MMI was incorporated into the(More)
OBJECTIVES The residency review committee for emergency medicine (EM) requires residents to have greater than 70% attendance of educational conferences during residency training, but it is unknown whether attendance improves clinical competence or scores on the American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM) in-training examination (ITE). This study examined(More)
INTRODUCTION Applicants to residency face a number of difficult questions during the interview process, one of which is when a program asks for a commitment to rank the program highly. The regulations governing the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) match explicitly forbid any residency programs asking for a commitment. METHODS We conducted a(More)
BACKGROUND Residency applicants often have difficulty coordinating interviews with multiple programs. An online scheduling system might improve this process. OBJECTIVE The authors sought to determine applicant mean time to schedule interviews and satisfaction using online scheduling compared with manual scheduling. METHODS An electronic survey was sent(More)
A 66-year-old man with a history of ankylosing spondylitis presented to the emergency department as a trauma activation after a fall backward onto his sacrum from the bottom rung of a ladder. He initially complained of neck pain. On physical examination, midline lower cervical spine tenderness to palpation was present, but careful neurologic examination(More)