The present system of postgraduate training for a student who is interested in otolaryngology involves one to two years of general surgery followed by three to four years of ear, nose, and throat (ENT) training. The application system necessary to secure these positions is often perplexing. The application process for the first- and second-year residency surgical position is fairly straightforward. Deadlines and dates of acceptance are well publicized. Application takes place a year before the onset of the training, and positions are generally assigned via a matching system. The student ranks his/her choices in order of preference, as does the institution, and a computer assigns the applicant to the highest place possible on the student's list. Prior to applying for a first-year residency position, the student may have already begun applying and interviewing for ENT residencies. This is where the lack of coherence in the system becomes apparent. The student
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