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August 2013

Selecting Among Otolaryngology Residency Applicants to Train as Tomorrow’s Leaders

Author Affiliations
  • 1Section of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, Durham VA Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina
  • 2Division of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina
JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2013;139(8):770-771. doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2013.3982

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

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