Study Title: Understanding the Impact of Virtual Residency Interviews

Principal Investigator: Stephanie Nitzschke, MD; Amanda Dilger, MD

This is a research study with the purpose of learning more about the environmental, financial and diversity impacts of changing to a virtual modality for residency interviews.

There is no sponsor of this study.

We have obtained your contact information through your General Surgery program director.

We will not be collecting specimens. All data will de-identified and stored in the secure database, RedCap. Your de-identified information will not be used or shared with other researchers for future studies. Your responses will NOT be be used in clinical care. Also, your answers will NOT be accessible by any of your co-residents nor program leadership. Your responses WILL be seen by other members of our study team, who will have access to the RedCap survey and database.

Risks associated with this study include psychosocial risks such as increased anxiety stress, depression, altered self-concept, embarrassment, shame, fear, boredom or frustration.

The only identifiable information that will be collected is the zip code of your medical school. This information will be stored securely in the RedCap database. No information will be gathered from other sources.

Participation is voluntary and can stop at any time. Deciding not to participate will not affect medical care that you receive at Mass General Brigham now or in the future, or any benefits that you receive now or have a right to receive. Deciding not to participate will not affect professional standing or evaluations in your program or department.

For any questions, please contact Stephanie Nitzschke, MD. You can call her at

If you’d like to speak to someone not involved in this research about your rights as a research subject, or any concerns or complaints you may have about the research, please contact the Mass General Brigham IRB at (857) 282-1900.

We are required by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) to protect the privacy of health information obtained for research. This is an abbreviated notice and does not describe all details of this requirement. During this study, identifiable information about you will be collected and shared with researchers conducting the research. In general, under federal law, identifiable health information is private. However, there are exceptions to this rule. In some cases, others may see your identifiable health information for purposes of research oversight, quality control, public health and safety or law enforcement. We share your health information only when we must, and we ask anyone who receives it from us to protect your privacy.

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