Virtual grand rounds as a novel means for applicants and programs to connect in the era of COVID-19

Linhan Xu, David Ambinder, Juhye Kang, Sarah Faris, Kristen Scarpato, Lou Moy, Kathleen Kobashi, Gary Lemack, Rena Malik

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Background: COVID-19 has disrupted the 2020–2021 residency application cycle with the cancellation of away rotations and in-person interviews. This study seeks to investigate the feasibility and utility of video conferencing technology (VCT) as an opportunity for applicants to interact with faculty from outside programs. Methods: 18 prospective urology applicants were randomized to 6 urology programs to give a virtual grand rounds (VGR) talk. Presentations were recorded and analyzed to determine audience engagement. Students were surveyed regarding perceived utility of VGR. Faculty were surveyed to determine system usability of VCT and ability to evaluate the applicant. Results: 17 students completed the survey, reporting a 100% satisfaction rate with VGR. A majority felt this was a useful way to learn about outside programs. 85 physicians completed the faculty survey, with nearly half feeling confident in their ability to evaluate the applicant. Video transcription data shows sessions were interactive with minimal distractions. Conclusions: VGR can be a useful means for medical students to express interest in programs as well as an additional marker for faculty to evaluate applicants.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)956-961
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican journal of surgery
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2021


  • COVID-19
  • Education
  • Residency applications
  • Virtual grand rounds

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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