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In a survey examining how otolaryngology–head and neck (OHNS) programs prioritize aspects of the match process, the most weighted were interviews and extended personal interaction with applicants.1 This finding reflects what many believe to be the most fundamental aspect that determines successful performance. According to the American College of Surgeons’ “Selection of Applicants for Graduate Training for Surgery,” this aspect is character (Figure). This was published in 1939!2
Lee WT, Esclamado RM, Puscas L. Selecting Among Otolaryngology Residency Applicants to Train as Tomorrow’s Leaders. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2013;139(8):770-771. doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2013.3982