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ENT Residency Questions

What advice would you give about getting letters of recommendation in your specialty?

Would generally recommend 3-4 with the majority being from ENT.

What is the value of doing audition rotations in your specialty?

High value especially if it is a place you are interested in matching and you are willing to work very hard on the rotation.

To what extent does research, publications, or presentations affect one’s ability to match in your specialty?

It is definitely considered - most applicants are high quality and look very similar on paper, research is one aspect that can help make you stand out.

Is a Step 2CK score needed before you will invite someone for an interview?


What does the perfect applicant look like in your specialty?

History of success and well-rounded outside of academics.

Does having a below average Step 1 score doom you in your specialty?

Not necessarily, I feel like most programs will look at everyone, a very low score puts you at a disadvantage though.

Would you ever take someone with a Step 2CS failure?

Probably not.

Does a student need to Honor in your specialty in order to match?

N/A most ENT rotations are pass/fail or not rigorously graded as the core specialties.

The students have significant elective time during their 2nd and 3rd year for career exploration.

What electives would you recommend to a student who knows they are interested in your specialty?

ENT! Consider plastics, OMFS and neuroradiology

What electives would you recommend to a student who is undecided but considering your specialty?

ENT! If you like the idea of being a surgical specialist I would consider other surgical subspecialties like urology, ophthalmology, plastics and neurosurgery (all quite different!)

Is there anything else I haven’t asked that you feel an applicant to your specialty ought to know?

ENT (Otolaryngology) Residency Data

Length of Training: 5

Mean USMLE Step 1 score = 248
Mean USMLE Step 2 CK score = 254

Mean number of programs applied to: 58

Programs: 106

Program Interview Invites (%): Completions (%):
Before Oct. 1 1 1
October 44 1
November 40 10
December 10 47
January 6 42

Average hours worked per week: 53.1

Sources: NRMP; AAMC
Updated: 01-2019