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Our Fellowship receives between 400 and 500 applications per year. This number is rising. This is an international pool and applicants are not limited to the United States. Selection of applicants for interviews is based on overall academic performance
and life experience, social citizenship (giving back to their training institutions or their community) and a shared philosophy with our Program. We need to be compatible in order to mutually meet each other’s personal and professional needs.
We offer a rigorous academic training program. Each applicant is accessed for their ability to meet our academic standards and their ability to become part of our professional family. We support the Diversity Policy of our parent Institutions.
When applications are visible to our Program in ERAS, all applicants are reviewed personally and solely by the Program Director. This is done early in the application season. Although the list of candidates will be reviewed again later in the cycle, interview
selection is made early in the process. We set up interviews immediately thereafter. All personal statements are reviewed by the Program Director as well as all letters of recommendation. The entire ERAS application is reviewed carefully. Emphasis
is placed on candidates who have demonstrated a commitment to their education, their service to others, and their contribution to learning. Applicant’s life experience is a critical part of the selection process. Just being a good test-taker
or a prolific researcher is not the foundation of our Program. Successful candidates are those who are academic achievers but also people who are students of life and who share their discoveries with those around them. Our Program grows and remains
vibrant by recruiting fellows with varied but compatible life experiences.
All members of the interview committee have access to the applicant’s entire ERAS application. In addition, the Program Director provides a summary of each candidate’s background including pertinent life experiences, academic records, and
letters of recommendation. The Associate Program Director does a review of the applicant’s research activities that are provided to the interviewing faculty. All of this information is given to the faculty in advance of the interview day. Our
interview committee changes year-to-year based on faculty responsibilities in our program and availability. Our core clinical faculty are usually the centerpiece of our interviewing committee. A V.A. faculty member is always involved in our interviewing.
Chief fellows may also be involved in interview day. All candidates are interviewed by four faculty members and/or a chief fellow. Each interviewer is asked to write up a review of the candidate using an assessment template that they are provided.
Apart from the template they are asked to rate and assess the candidate’s overall qualifications and suitability for Fellowship at the University of Cincinnati. Faculty are encouraged to reach out to colleagues from an applicant’s home
institutions. All interview templates, along with faculty comments, are returned to the Program Director who reviews this information. We consider the interview to be one of the most important criteria for selection into our Program.
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