Qualitative assessment of online information available on accredited head and neck surgery fellowship programs

Alex J. Gordon, Aneek Patel, Donald Weed, Arnaud F. Bewley, Michael G. Moore, Babak Givi

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Abstract

Background: The present study aims to assess the quality and availability of online information about fellowships accredited by the American Head & Neck Society (AHNS). Methods: AHNS directory pages and institutional web sites of 50 AHNS-accredited fellowships were identified. Web pages were scored using 20 standardized criteria including general information, application information, alumni, surgical training, research, and quality-of-life. Results: Median scores for AHNS directory pages and institutional web sites were 11 (range: 7–14) and 10 (4–15), respectively. Faculty listings, contact information, program location, number of positions, and breadth of surgical exposure were the most commonly listed criteria. Less common criteria included didactic schedule, protected academic time, previous research projects, year of accreditation, work-life balance, fellow selection criteria, interview information, and salary. Conclusions: The AHNS directory and institutional web sites are most comprehensive in general program information and details about surgical training. Information about the application process, work-life balance, and research opportunities were less common.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalHead and Neck
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2022
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • endocrine surgery fellowship
  • fellowship web site
  • head and neck surgery fellowship
  • program directory
  • qualitative evaluation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology

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