ENT Interest Group

Applying to Residency

We’re here to help you

Matching into otolaryngology programs is traditionally more difficult than other specialties. While the process can be daunting, we have consulted the Pritkzer School of Medicine administration and the OHNS department to make sure you are as prepared to succeed as possible. This site to help guide you in your journey to becoming an ENT!

Resources

Pritzker Residency Handbook Info

Click each tab to learn more about specific aspects of your application!

Link to full handbook: https://tinyurl.com/5mk5ztem

Faculty Mentors

Program Director at UCM

Fuad Baroody, MD

Recommended Specialty Advisors

In selecting someone as a specialty advisor, try to select someone with whom you feel you can develop a close relationship: someone with whom you feel comfortable and candid. Potential advisors could include:

  • Nishant Agrawal, MD (Section Chief)
  • Fuad Baroody, MD (Program Director)
  • Andrea Shogan, MD (Clerkship Director)
  • Elizabeth Blair, MD
  • Nadia Caballero, MD
  • David Chan, MD
  • Michael Gluth, MD
  • Zhen Gooi, MBBS
  • Jay Pinto, MD
  • Lou Portugal, MD
  • Christopher Roxbury, MD
  • Brandon Baird, MD
  • Terence Imbery. MD
  • Dana Suskind, MD
USMLE Data

Sources: UCM Program Directors and 2018 Charting Outcomes in the Match (NRMP publication)

Step 2 CK reports can help if a student’s Step 1 score is low.

Away Rotations
  • Should I complete away rotations?
    • Yes, you should complete 2-3. It is important to do a sub-internship between June and September to be sure you are committed to this specialty. Doing your sub-internship at UCM first and then doing one or two away rotations at other institutions is optimal, but certainly not required. Doing an away rotation gives you a chance to learn about the specialty and a chance to get an outside letter. But most importantly, it is basically an extended interview at programs in which you might be interested. Our Program Director and faculty can help you choose away rotations by giving you information about outside programs.
Research

Research experience is desirable although not a major consideration. According to the NRMP, the US Seniors who matched participated in an average of 3.5 research experiences and published 5.1 abstracts, presentations, and publications. Work in progress is useful even if there are no publications or presentations yet as it supports the candidate’s interest.

Letters of Recommendation

* Typically obtained from the Chair or the Program Director at institutions where away rotations were pursued

If you cannot get three excellent letters, do not apply into ENT. Letters from faculty members in the Department of Surgery or from a research mentor are appropriate.

Procedure for Asking for a Chief ’s Letter

Set up an appointment to speak with Dr. Agrawal. The letter is a summary of the student’s clinical performance during the ENT sub-internship.

Personal Statements

Otolaryngology programs are just looking to see if you are able to write. A poorly written personal statement can hurt an applicant. A newly added option for personal statements for an ENT application is a paragraph describing reasons you are applying to each specific program (i.e. a separate paragraph for each program to which you are applying). This used to be mandatory but is now elective and depends on the programs you are applying to (some mandate it and some do not). Our program does not require such a paragraph.

Application Timing

Otolaryngology programs are just looking to see if you are able to write. A poorly written personal statement can hurt an applicant. A newly added option for personal statements for an ENT application is a paragraph describing reasons you are applying to each specific program (i.e. a separate paragraph for each program to which you are applying). This used to be mandatory but is now elective and depends on the programs you are applying to (some mandate it and some do not). Our program does not require such a paragraph.

Interview and General Advice

Interview

The interview is the most important part of the process. Applicants should be enthusiastic and prepared to ask good questions. Remember that the interview begins when you arrive and ends when you leave. Be sure to speak to the residents. While you should appear enthusiastic about the program, you really need to consider whether this is the program where you want to spend the next 5 years.

General

  • Is it common practice for applicants to contact their #1 program to let them know they are ranking them first? 
    • Yes. If you have a strong preference for a program, you should feel free to communicate that to them.

Matched M4 Advice

Hear words of wisdom from Pritzker Students who have been through the process!

Ryan Judd’s advice: “Find projects and extracurriculars that you are passionate about. Having research that results in presentations or publications matters, but having something that you care deeply about and can talk about passionately is also highly important. Enjoy the first two years of medical school, and don’t be afraid to explore your interests, inside and outside of medicine.”

Ryan matched at The Ohio State University Medical Center. Congrats, Ryan!!

UChicago Medical Center/OHNS Tour

Let Sam, one of our residents, walk you through our facilities! (Click this if video does not load)

See more about us!

Everyone in the ENT department – from the interest group to the residents and attendings – are really helpful and it has been a fantastic time working for them!

Ryuji Arimoto

Student, Pritzker School of Medicine

Pritzker Match Lists

See where Pritzker students matched during the 2022 match!

ENT is the best specialty ever! The faculty here at UChicago is so nice and willing to support their students in any way they can! Shadowing has been really easy to do as a first year medical student.

Ashley Diaz

Student, Pritzker School of Medicine

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