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Perceptions of the laryngology Match: A survey of program directors and recent trainees

Mark S. Courey, Eric J. Formeister, Katherine C. Yung
Objectives/Hypothesis Evaluate program director and recent trainee perceptions of the advantages and disadvantages of the laryngology Match. Study Design Web-based survey study. Methods A Web-based survey study was distributed to program directors and recent laryngology trainees to evaluate perceptions of the laryngology Match. A 15-item questionnaire with free-form, Likert, and multiple selection answers was emailed to 115 recent/current trainees and 22 laryngology directors. Results Fifty-nine percent (13/22) of the program directors and 47% (54/115) of the recent trainees responded to the survey. There were significant increases in the number of programs applied to, interview offers received, and interviews attended by laryngology trainees who applied after adoption of the Match compared to those who applied prior to the Match. Seventy-one percent (22/31) of applicants after 2012 participated in the Match; those who did not accepted positions outside of the Match. Ninety-five percent (21/22) who applied through the Match successfully matched. Two-thirds of recent trainees and three-quarters of directors believe the Match process primarily benefits the applicant. The number of candidates interviewed per program approximately doubled from three to six after institution of the Match. Conclusions Overall, both program directors and recent or current laryngology trainees have a positive perception of the laryngology match process. The Match process increased the number of applicants and interviews per year, which both directors and trainees believe increases an applicant's chance at successfully matching. Level of Evidence NA. Laryngoscope, 127:2818–2822, 2017

Publisher URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/resolve/doi

DOI: 10.1002/lary.26761

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