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Residency Application Process

Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery residency programs participate in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP), using the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). This service collates, standardizes and distributes all application materials for those applying. ERAS will provide you with an application and information packet that describes the application process and timetable.

We suggest that you follow these basic guidelines so that your application can be completed in a timely fashion: It is critical for you to establish contacts that can provide letters of recommendation as early as possible in the application process. It is recommended that you work towards completion of your basic application form in the late spring or early summer of your third medical school year. During the summer months you should attempt to obtain letters of recommendation to support your application.

The deadline for applications for our program is October 1. All materials must be received by that date. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Otolaryngology is a 5-year program; the PGY-1 year is a categorical internship that includes rotations in General Surgery, Medical Intensive Care, Anesthesiology, Neurosurgery, Plastic Surgery & Pediatric Surgery, as well as 6 months of ENT.

How do I submit my application?

We accept applications only through the ERAS system, 

What constitutes a complete application?

An ERAS application form, personal statement, current Curriculum vitae, medical school transcript, USMLE (or COMLEX) transcript, at least 3 letters of recommendation, Medical School Performance Evaluation, ECFMG certificate (if applicable)

Selection process

Each individual applicant as a whole is taken into consideration.  We review all applicant files that are received by the October 1 deadline.  As a rule, we receive approximately 200 applications – all of which are reviewed – and this is narrowed down to a pool of approximately 80.  The review committee performs a final review during the third week of October and invitations are issued to approximately 40 applicants, via email, on the first day of the "interview offer window" implemented by the Otolaryngology Program Directors Organization.  Applicants are given a choice of two interview days to choose from.  First come, first serve.  Once invitations are issued, application status letters will be sent to all applicants.  

Wait list

Once the initial invitations have been issued, a wait list is created and those applicants will be notified at the time application status letters are distributed.  We do not divulge anyone’s particular spot on the wait list.  If an applicant accepts an invitation and subsequently cancels, invitations will be issued to those on the wait list.  

Interview process outline

We will interview approximately 20 applicants on each scheduled interview day.  The evening prior to the interview day, a reception is held at a local venue nearby, where applicants can meet and mingle with current faculty and residents. Your interview day begins at 7:30 a.m. with breakfast, a welcome and brief overview of the program by the Program Director. Subsequent to this, half of the group will meet with current residents and tour the medical center campus and nearby attractions, while the other half will participate in interviews.  All of our faculty members participate in applicant interviews. This entails each applicant interviewing with 1 or 2 faculty members simultaneously. Each group will interview for approximately 2 1/2 hours. The interview day ends at approximately 2:00 p.m.

For International Medical Graduates

Previous US clinical experience
      No previous US clinical experience is required to apply to the program.

Visa options for the program
     An applicant must be able to qualify for a J-1 visa.  Upon hiring, these applications are handled
     through the GME Office.

Visiting Student Rotations

Student rotations are coordinated through the Student Affairs Office at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.  Currently we have no cap on the number of visiting students that we will take; thus, your rotation request should be granted if you meet all of the medical school’s requirements and stipulations. Information for potential visiting students can be found here. 

Contact Information:

Please feel free to contact our offices at the School of Medicine with any questions you may have concerning the Otolaryngology Residency Program

Denean Vreeland, Residency Coordinator
Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Phone: 217-545-4777