• This study was undertaken to characterize the objective information available about applicants to otolaryngology—head and neck surgery residency positions, and to determine the influence of these factors on obtaining a residency position. Applicants to the otolaryngology—head and neck surgery programs at University of Utah, Salt Lake City, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, and University of Louisville (Ky) were studied. Thirty-one variables were examined, representing demographic and academic factors. Excellent academic performance in medical school (as represented by  medical school grade-point average greater than 3.4,  National Board part I score greater than 650,  class percentile rank greater than 85th percentile,  honors grades in both junior medicine and surgery clinical clerkships, or  election to Alpha Omega Alpha) was significantly correlated with success in obtaining an otolaryngology-head and neck surgery residency position.
(Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1990;116:1041-1043)