Commentary on Bowe et al, “The State of the Otolaryngology Match: A Review of Applicant Trends, ‘Impossible’ Qualifications, and Implications”

Vidur Bhalla, Kevin J. Sykes, Shannon M. Kraft, Alexander G Chiu

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Abstract

An objective evidence-based review of the metrics used to evaluate applicants entering our field ultimately found these figures to have upward trends without any major correlation to performance in residency. The rise of these metrics coincides with a yearly drop in senior applicants, and in 2017, nearly 10% of programs did not match their contingent. The causes of unmatched spots must be examined to ensure that the field of otolaryngology can continue to grow and attract medical students who will excel in our field. Considerations into revising the applicant selection process, early introduction and mentorship within the otolaryngology field, and changes to the current otolaryngology interview process are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)217-218
Number of pages2
JournalOtolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery (United States)
Volume158
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2018
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • applicants
  • interview
  • medical student
  • metrics
  • otolaryngology
  • residency
  • selection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology

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