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July 2015

Use of a Secondary Essay in the Residency Application Process

Author Affiliations
  • 1Division of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, Department of Surgery, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2015;141(7):591-592. doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2015.0677

The recent Viewpoint articles regarding the high number of applications per otolaryngology residency applicant have highlighted the struggle felt by both parties involved in the Match—a desire not just to find a job (the applicant) or an employee (the program), but to make a match that is a good fit—a resident in a program in which there is a meeting of the minds and spirits and the relationship is one of mutual enthusiasm and respect. This makes the long hours and effort of residency training satisfying for everyone involved.