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April 1992

Otolaryngology Residency Selection Process: Medical Student Perspective

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Otolaryngology, University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville.

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1992;118(4):365-366. doi:10.1001/archotol.1992.01880040023004

• In an effort to improve the otolaryngology matching process at the University of Florida, Gainesville, we sought to obtain the medical student's perspective of the current system. All students who interviewed here over a 3-year period were surveyed regarding the application, interview, and ranking process. In addition, suggestions for improving the system were sought from the students. The application and interviewing patterns of the students surveyed were found to be similar to those of the entire otolaryngology residency applicant pool. We were unable to identify any factors that influence a student's rank list that could be prospectively used to help select applicants for interview. A variety of suggestions for improvements in the match were received, several of which could easily be instituted. A uniform interview invitation date as requested by the students could be rapidly implemented and would provide benefits for both the students and the residency programs.

(Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1992;118:365-366)

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