Study Description: The purpose of the study is to characterize the best course of action for medical students who fail to obtain a residency position in otolaryngology after a first attempt and seek to re-apply to the specialty. We aim to do this by contacting applicants who failed to ?match? into residency the first time and categorizing them into cohorts according to the type of work they undertake during the intervening academic year. Our hypothesis is that a year of residency training within a general surgery department gives applicants a better chance at obtaining a residency position within otolaryngology than a research position.
Principal Investigator: Michael Groves
Eligibility Criteria: Inclusion criteria: -Students or graduates of allopathic medical schools in the United States who previously applied to residency programs in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery as their first choice specialty, and who were unable to gain admission to these programs following the NRMP match algorithm, and who are seeking to re-apply to otolaryngology programs a second time. -Re-applicants who are applying to multiple specialties may be included as long as otolaryngology is anticipated to be their first-choice specialty. -Re-applicants who previously attempted to couples match are acceptable for inclusion.
Compensation: No, subjects will not be compensated.
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