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      Implementing a “Distance Traveled” Question to Improve Resident Diversity: Process and Feasibility

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          Increasing diversity in the physician workforce is important to improving racial and ethnic disparities in health outcomes in the United States. We describe the implementation of a “distance traveled” question (DTQ) in our residency application process. For the 2021-2022 cycle, all applicants to the University of Washington otolaryngology residency program were allowed to complete an optional DTQ. Responses were shared with the application review committee. Following the distribution of interview invites, an anonymous survey was sent to all faculty reviewers. The response rate was 26 of 36 (72%). Among respondents, 20 (77%) felt that the DTQ helped them learn something new about the applicant, and 19 (73%) reported that the DTQ influenced their decision making about the applicant. Thus, a DTQ may provide faculty with new and influential information regarding residency applicants.

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                OTO Open
                OTO Open
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                spopn
                OTO Open
                SAGE Publications (Sage CA: Los Angeles, CA )
                2473-974X
                30 July 2022
                Jul-Sep 2022
                : 6
                : 3
                Affiliations
                [1 ]Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, School of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA
                [2 ]Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium, Joint Base San Antonio–Ft Sam Houston, Texas, USA
                [3 ]Seattle Children’s Hospital and Research Institute, Seattle, Washington, USA
                Author notes
                [*]Sherise Epstein, MD, MPH, Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, School of Medicine, University of Washington, 1959 NE Pacific St, Box 356515, Seattle, WA 98195, USA. Email: Sherise@ 123456uw.edu
                [*]

                These authors contributed equally to this article.

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                10.1177_2473974X221113847
                10.1177/2473974X221113847
                9340931
                db9158f9-5ec8-4903-be66-18056ed9f54c
                © The Authors 2022

                This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 License ( https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/) which permits non-commercial use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access pages ( https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/open-access-at-sage).

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                July-September 2022
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                physician workforce,match,diversity,holistic review,distance traveled

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