Category: Medical Education

EP251-3 - Influential Factors For a Medical Student Ranking Their Home Institutions Family Medicine Residency Program

Friday, Nov 24
3:10 PM – 3:25 PM

Background: Understanding the factors that influence medical students self-rank order of residency programs is of great interest to these programs. Ottawa’s Family Medicine Postgraduate training program has observed fluctuation in the number of medical students choosing to pursue family medicine at Ottawa in recent years (14-20 students / cohort 2013-2016).

Summary of Work: In order to assess whether fluctuations were due to modifiable program factors, a survey was developed based on influential factors from the literature, and students were asked to assess these factors’ impact on where Ottawa was placed on their rank list.

Summary of
Results: 42 students completed the survey. 55% reported basing rankings primarily or completely on location. Top two positively influential factors were desirability of Ottawa as city (lifestyle) (n=33) and quality of clinical sites (n=26). Top two negatively influential factors were proximity to hometown (n=15) and location of spouse / partner (n=14).


Discussion: The most positively influential factors are split between non-modifiable factors (Ottawa as a city) and semi-modifiable factors (quality of clinical sites). The most negatively influential factors (proximity to hometown, location of spouse / partner) are non-modifiable by the program. Location of program is a key determinant in students rank orders.


Conclusion: Ottawa medical students are in a unique position with regards to their opinion of the Family Medicine residency program, due to their exposure to family medicine related programs and initiatives over their four years of undergraduate training, and interactions with family medicine residents on clinical rotations.

Christopher G. Russell

Medical Student
University of Ottawa
Fonthill, Ontario, Canada

Christopher Russell (BHSc). Medical student at the University of Ottawa with a strong interest in research and medical education, hoping to pursue a career in family medicine.

Christopher G. Russell

Medical Student
University of Ottawa
Fonthill, Ontario, Canada

Christopher Russell (BHSc). Medical student at the University of Ottawa with a strong interest in research and medical education, hoping to pursue a career in family medicine.

Christopher G. Russell

Medical Student
University of Ottawa
Fonthill, Ontario, Canada

Christopher Russell (BHSc). Medical student at the University of Ottawa with a strong interest in research and medical education, hoping to pursue a career in family medicine.