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Implementing a National Otolaryngology Residency Interview Calendar—Planning for Uncertainty During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has altered the training and preparation of future otolaryngologists. United States otolaryngology residency applicants are preparing for an unprecedented application cycle with fewer opportunities for clinical exposure and the prospect of virtual interview days. These changes may affect residency interviews and the otolaryngology match long after the pandemic subsides and negatively affect the process for applicants and programs. The effective elimination of away rotations by COVID-19 strips applicants of an opportunity to express interest in a program while virtual interview days may allow strong applicants to attend many more interviews than required to match, wasting interview positions that might be better served by other interested applicants. This commentary discusses how a national interview calendar and initial interview invitation date may add some reassurance for applicants and residency programs for the upcoming otolaryngology residency application cycle.

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Article Information

Corresponding Author: Christopher D. Badger, MD, MBA, Division of Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery, George Washington University School of Medicine, 2300 M St, 4th Floor, Washington, DC 20037 (cbadger@mfa.gwu.edu).

Published Online: December 30, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2020.4999

Conflict of Interest Disclosures: None reported.

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