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TU_44_2920 - Relationship Between Citation-Based Scholarly Activity of United States Radiation Oncology Residents and Subsequent Choice of Academic versus Private Practice Career

Tuesday, October 23
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Location: Innovation Hub, Exhibit Hall 3

Relationship Between Citation-Based Scholarly Activity of United States Radiation Oncology Residents and Subsequent Choice of Academic versus Private Practice Career
S. McClelland III1, T. Mitin2, L. D. Wilson3, C. R. Thomas Jr2, and J. J. Jaboin2; 1Department of Radiation Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR, 2Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, OR, 3Department of Therapeutic Radiology, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT

Purpose/Objective(s): Citation-based scholarly activity of physicians has become increasingly evaluated via the Hirsch index (h-index), which assesses the number of manuscripts (h) that have been cited at least h times. However, such evaluation involving Radiation Oncology residents is lacking in the peer-reviewed literature. The objective of this study was to assess h-index data and its association with resident choice of academic versus private practice career.

Materials/Methods: A combination of internet searches, telephone interviews, and the 2015 Association of Residents in Radiation Oncology (ARRO) directory was used to compile a list of 2016 radiation oncology resident graduates (163 residents from 76 Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education-certified programs) and their post-residency career choice (academic versus private practice) as previously described (McClelland et al., Practical Radiation Oncology 2017). The Scopus bibliometric citation database was then searched to collect h-index data for each resident. Demographics included in analyses were gender and PhD degree status.

Results: The mean h-index score for all resident graduates was 4.15. Residents with a PhD had significantly higher h-index scores (6.75 versus 3.42; p<0.01), while there was no statistically significant difference in h-index scores between male and female residents (4.38 versus 3.36; p=0.14). With regard to career choice, residents choosing academic careers had higher h-index scores than those choosing private practice (5.41 versus 2.96; p<0.01). There was no significant difference in mean h-index scores between male and female residents regardless of private practice (3.15 versus 2.19; p=0.25) or academic (5.80 versus 4.30; p=0.13) career choice. Twenty-one of the 23 residents (91.3%) with an h-index of zero went into private practice, while 13 of the 18 residents (72.2%) with an h-index of at least 10 went into academics. Of the 17 residents with an h-index of one, 12 (70.6%) went into private practice.

Conclusion: The average radiation oncology resident graduate has published a minimum of four manuscripts cited at least four times. Graduates with a PhD are significantly more likely to have higher h-index scores, as are residents who choose academic over private practice careers. Eighty-three percent of residents with an h-index score less than two chose private practice careers. There is no significant difference in h-index score between male and female residents regardless of career choice. These results offer up-to-date benchmarks for evaluating radiation oncology resident productivity and have potential utility in predicting career choices post-residency.

Author Disclosure: S. McClelland: None. T. Mitin: Honoraria; UpToDate Inc. L.D. Wilson: Stock; CBLI, Glaxo, Novart, Amgen, Biogen, ISIS, Merck, Vertex, Immunogen, United Healthcare, UCAN. Royalty; Jones and Bartlett. Trustee; ABR. Professor/VC/Clinical Director; Yale University. C.R. Thomas: None.

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