Recruitment Season Kickoff
Here we are, kicking off a new season of recruiting!
Many of you will soon be here in Kansas City for the National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students, in search of your next class of residents.
National Conference is such a great time, not just for recruiting students but also for learning from them.
If we listen to students, we can learn how they feel about medical education and the changing healthcare landscape. We can learn what they are looking for in a residency program. And we can gain some insight as to how our programs are viewed by those outside. The more we learn about students, the better we will be able to recognize the right ones to join our families – for three years as residents and lifelong as alumni.
National Conference also offers opportunities for program directors to contribute. Volunteer to review medical student CVs. Present a workshop. Participate in the student or resident congress. All are great ways to stay connected and contribute to our discipline.
As I embark on this new interview season, I look forward to meeting eager students, who are choosing family medicine as a career because they realize it is where they can make the greatest impact on the future of America’s health. The excitement of these students is contagious – and is why many of us love to teach.
In the coming months, our schedules will be filled with interviewing students and pitching our programs. Since NRMP has made some changes to The Match and is proposing even more changes, now is a good time to evaluate how our programs recruit. As many seasoned program directors will tell you, not all programs are on the up-and-up. It is our responsibility to ensure that our recruiting practices are fair and ethical. A quality program sells itself.
Have a great week in Kansas City. Come by and say hello to the AFMRD staff and me. Let us know what we can do for you. We are your organization – and here to help make your jobs a little easier.
Todd Shaffer, MD, MBA, FAAFP