SDN Members don't see this ad. (About Ads) Does anyone know average board scores to get ortho or ORL residencies? My grades are good--I'm expecting AOA assuming 3rd year goes well. Another question: I have 3 years research experience in undergrad in a pretty basic research oriented topic--not too clinical and no publication. I did a year of research before med school that is clinically relevant and will be published, but it has nothing to do with either of these specialties. Will I be competitive? Thanks for any advice you can give.