Journal of General Internal Medicine

, Volume 34, Issue 12, pp 2733–2734 | Cite as

Gender Differences and Themes in Peer Nominations for Chief Resident: a Qualitative Analysis

  • Maureen D. LyonsEmail author
  • Michelle K. Martinchek
  • Patrick G. Lyons
  • Justin R. Boike
  • John F. McConville
  • Jeanne M. Farnan
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We sought to describe what qualities residents recognize in peers nominated for the Chief Resident (CR) position and whether particular attributes are valued differently in male and female nominees.


We analyzed peer CR nominations from the University of Chicago Internal Medicine Residency Program for academic years 2013–2015. Nominations were solicited via email and nominators were encouraged to include qualitative comments. We used a constructivist paradigm and grounded theory approach to describe attributes noted for CR nomination and gender differences in those nomination comments. Nominator comments were reviewed using an iterative process and data were analyzed using a constant comparative method with no a priori hypotheses. Themes and sub-themes were generated and refined via discussion to develop a final coding strategy. Two investigators then coded the entire sample using this framework, resolving disagreements by discussion. Descriptive statistics were...


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The authors declare that they do not have a conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of General Internal Medicine St. Louis University School of MedicineSt. LouisUSA
  2. 2.University of Chicago MedicineChicagoUSA
  3. 3.Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and the Department of MedicineWashington University in St. Louis School of MedicineSt. LouisUSA
  4. 4.Division of Gastroenterology and HepatologyNorthwestern University Feinberg School of MedicineChicagoUSA

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