Are We Helping Applicants Understand How To Train In Our Specialty? Analysis Of Neurology And Vascular Surgery Residency Youtube Videos
Bharath Peddibhotla, Michael F. Amendola, MD.
VA Medical Center/VCU Health System, Richmond, VA, USA.
OBJECTIVES: Video media is considered by some the ideal way to connect to new recruits in Vascular Surgery (VS) and Neurology (N). Often such videos depict how to apply for a specialty (HTA) and can be presented by individual or groups of speakers. We set forth to examine VS and N YouTube videos to understand the differences in what is presented to potential applicants especially in light of HTA and potential gender differences in group setting videos.METHODS: YouTube was examined in December 2019 for the top 75 relevant “vascular surgery residency” and “neurology residency” videos. All videos were examined for subject type, time of creation and total views. Videos were examined by a single reviewer for content in particular if HTA was depicted as well as the ratio of male to female speakers in group videos (Group - M/F).RESULTS: Comparing the top videos for VS and N to each other (Table).CONCLUSIONS: In examining the VS to N content on YouTube we find similar durations of videos, total views and time since creation. N videos as a whole were more likely to have HTA content. In group videos, there was a more significant balance of male to female speakers when groups present the video content regarding N residencies. These data should help guide future video development to include information tailored toward trainees and without potential gender bias.
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