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May 2018

A Novel Approach to the National Resident Matching Program—The Star System

Author Affiliations
  • 1Division of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, Department of Surgery, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut
  • 2Division of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Washington, DC
JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2018;144(5):397-398. doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2018.0068

For almost 20 years, otolaryngology–head and neck surgery (OTO-HNS) has remained one of the most competitive specialties in medicine.1 Recently, it has been one of the most difficult specialties in which to match, based on mean US Medical Licensing Examination Step 1 scores, match rates, and number of applicants per position.2 As matching has become more difficult, the number of programs to which applicants apply has steadily increased. Program directors (PDs) have viewed this inundation of applications as “a great problem for the field of OTO-HNS.”3(p1014)

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