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An Evaluation of the Content of Canadian Plastic Surgery Residency Websites

Sahil Chawla, Sarim Faheem, Sandeep Shelly, Faisal Khosa
Published: 19 July 2021

Abstract: Background: Plastic surgery residency program websites are an important source of information to prospective applicants, especially given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and resulting suspension of all visiting electives and in-person interviews. This study aimed to analyze the online content of Canadian plastic surgery residency program websites. Methods: The content of all accredited Canadian plastic surgery residency websites was evaluated using 77-point criteria in the following 10 domains: recruitment, faculty, residents, research and education, surgical program, clinical work, benefits and career planning, wellness, environment, and gender of faculty leadership. Results: All accredited Canadian plastic surgery residency programs (n = 13) were identified using Canadian Resident Matching Service and had their dedicated program websites available for analysis. On average, residency program websites obtained a score of 33.5 (standard deviation = 13.7). The majority of programs did not score differently on the criteria by geographical distribution ( P > .05) nor by ranking ( P > .05). Conclusions: Most Canadian plastic surgery residency program websites are lacking content relevant to prospective applicants. Addressing inadequacies in online content may support programs to inform and recruit strong applicants into residency programs.
Keywords: plastic surgery / surgeons / program websites / residency

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