Hello everyone, Newly minted MS4 here getting geared up to apply for Otolaryngology. I wanted to start off by thanking all of the attendings/residents on the forum who put in the time to enlighten us lowly medical students. It is greatly appreciated!! I just had a few questions regarding the ENT residency process for those more knowledgable than I. With applications around the corner I hate to be another one of those "what are my chances" posts but I would love to hear some of the attending/senior members take on my application given how competitive ENT has become. I have read Neutropeniaboy's informative sticked thread a few dozens times throughout third year but would appreciate more individualized feedback on my chances of matching and if there are any glaring weaknesses in my applications: - U.S. News top 25 medical school with pretty good home ENT program - Step 1= 260, Honors in all core rotations except for Ob/Gyn & Family Medicine, Honored ENT Sub-I - 3 ENT/cancer biology manuscripts (1 first authors), 1 oral podium presentation, and 4 ENT related poster presentations. - Several leadership roles throughout medical school but nothing to write home about - Strong letters from chairman, program director, and 2 senior ENT faculty at home institution In addition to your take on my app I had a few additional questions regarding interviewing/ranking programs: 1.) With most surgical specialities I think everyone agrees that a program's case load and case diversity are important for resident education. Aside from simply how many cases a given institution is doing what are some of the other qualities that you looked for when you were interviewing and ranking programs? 2.) When you were going through the interview process what were some of the important questions you asked program directors? 3.) Are there any red flags that you noticed while interviewing that immediately turned you away from a specific program? 4.) From reading this forum it is clear that most ENT programs will provide you with a great training experience. However, when it comes to choosing where to interview and finalizing your rank list I find that it helps to classify programs by tiers. I know that there are several published ranking lists of ENT hospital and residencies such as Doximity and US News. Are there any programs that typically aren't considered "top tier" by these various rankings metrics but are known to have excellent clinical training? Thank you and good luck to everyone about to undergo this crazy process.