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November 1978

Current Methods of Resident Selection

Author Affiliations

From the Division of Otolaryngology, University of California, San Diego.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1978;104(11):636-637. doi:10.1001/archotol.1978.00790110026007

The present resident selection process is based on data obtained from several sources and subjected to a process of analysis that results in the rank ordering of candidates and the eventual selection of one or more members of the ranked group.

To form the basis for a discussion of this subject, a questionnaire was sent to all otolaryngology program directors. A return of about 75% (88) of the forms was obtained, and the results are tabulated and discussed according to the subject. This is not intended to be a statistical study but one suggesting trends and opinions.

PROGRAM STATISTICS  A review of program statistics indicates that 44 programs (50%) require one year of general surgery, the American Board of Otolaryngology minimal requirement, while 26 (30%) require two years, and 17 (20%) require three years. Out of 82 programs, 76 (93%) require three years of otolaryngology, while six (7%) have a

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