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Abstract Details

Survey on the Fellowship Application Timeline for UCNS-accredited Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry Programs
Education, Research, and Methodology
P10 - Poster Session 10 (8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
15-004
Despite 1) an AAN position statement calling for unified fellowship application timelines and 2) prior surveys documenting residents’ strong preferences for a unified timeline, BNNP programs have not yet adhered to this strategy.
Evaluate impressions of program directors (PDs) and fellows regarding the fellowship application timelines for UCNS-accredited behavioral neurology and neuropsychiatry (BNNP) programs. Also, assess PDs’ disposition toward unified timepoints.
A one-time REDCap survey was distributed to all UCNS-accredited BNNP fellowship PDs. PDs were asked to forward the survey to current and incoming fellows.
Surveys were completed by 22 PDs (50% response rate) and 17 fellows (11 current, 6 incoming). 71% of fellows belonged to a neurology residency and 29% psychiatry. Regarding the application process, most fellowship programs reported rolling admissions. We noted a span of 17 months between the first application opening (August PGY-3) and the last position offering (January PGY-4), with interviews occurring in the interim. 86.3% of PDs agreed (4 or 5 out of 5 on a Likert scale) that the different application timelines can negatively impact their ability to recruit applicants and 95.5% would be open to having an agreed upon date before which no offers would be made. Only 41.1% of fellows reported that different timelines prevented them from completing interviews for all their desired programs, but 82.4% agreed that the different timelines negatively impacted the ability of programs to recruit applicants; 88.3% agreed with a unified timeline. Between 50 and 60% of fellows reported anxiety or stress in trying to keep fellowship offers open while awaiting later interviews and navigating the different timelines. PDs commented on the importance of considering the typical fellowship application timelines for both neurology and psychiatry residencies.

Most participants recognized challenges due to differing timelines. Most PDs agree in unifying the time when fellowship positions are offered.

Authors/Disclosures
Sylvia Josephy, MD (Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social)
PRESENTER
Dr. Josephy has nothing to disclose.
Roy H. Hamilton, MD, MS, FAAN Dr. Hamilton has received personal compensation in the range of $500-$4,999 for serving as a Consultant for Alexion Pharmaceuticals. Dr. Hamilton has received personal compensation in the range of $500-$4,999 for serving on a Scientific Advisory or Data Safety Monitoring board for Highland Instruments. Dr. Hamilton has received personal compensation in the range of $10,000-$49,999 for serving as an officer or member of the Board of Directors for McKnight Brain Research Foundation. Dr. Hamilton has received personal compensation in the range of $10,000-$49,999 for serving as an Editor, Associate Editor, or Editorial Advisory Board Member for Neurology (Journal). The institution of Dr. Hamilton has received research support from NIH. The institution of Dr. Hamilton has received research support from Department of Defense. The institution of Dr. Hamilton has received research support from Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.