The process for interviewing fellowship candidates changed dramatically during the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 recruitment seasons in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, with applicants and programs developing new approaches for the application and recruitment process and conducting interviews almost exclusively via a virtual format. These past recruitment cycles highlighted the strengths and challenges of conducting interviews virtually – in particular, balancing most applicants access to interviews.
The Alliance thanks the APDIM – ASP Writing Group for reviewing and revising these guidelines: Vera P. Luther, MD; Ricardo Correa, MD, EdD; Laurel B. Fick, MD, FACP; Gaby Weissman, MD, FACC; Valerie O.
Interview strategies and methods changed in adaptation to the pandemic. New policies were developed, adopted, and continue to serve most applicants and programs. As stakeholders explore options to address systemic issues within the recruitment and interview process, the guidance provided should help learners, faculty, and administrators navigate the current landscape. AAIM acknowledges the complex and evolving nature of this current landscape; recommendations are made in the spirit of equity and fairness for all applicants, educators, staff, and others involved in the interview process. Evaluation of benefits and disadvantages of interview practices should continue on an ongoing basis, with iterative adjustments made in future guidance for fellowship programs.
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