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October 20, 2008

Otolaryngology (Urban) Legend: The More Programs to Which You Apply, the Better the Chances of Matching

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2008;134(10):1038. doi:10.1001/archotol.134.10.1038

Two hundred eighty-eight applications, 2 resident slots, aahhh! Over the past several years, the number of applications to our program has been steadily climbing, and determining which applicants to invite for a limited number of interview spots has become increasingly challenging. An explanation for the rise in applications is the medical students' belief that applying to more programs enhances their chances of acceptance, a process simplified by the ability to submit multiple applications through an electronic, centralized match system. To determine whether the large number of applications was unique to our program or ubiquitous, we sent a Web-based survey to all 104 Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education–approved otolaryngology program directors requesting information pertaining to the match process for the 2006-2007 year.

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