M3 chances for getting in ENT residency

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  1. rockRT

    rockRT 7+ Year Member

    Mar 15, 2009
    Hi, I'm a M3 at an average medical school in the US. Here are my score:
    Step1: 229
    AOA: no
    Class Ranking: in 3rd quatile
    Publications: nothing to date, working on some at this time
    ENT Rotations: we don't have an ENT residency program, I'm trying to get some aways and work with the local ENT docs
    Clerckship honors: Surgery, Medicine, OB, rest are A's

    Do I really have a change in getting in an ENT program? Do you guys have any examples of a great PS?

    Thank you!!!!
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  3. OtoHNS

    OtoHNS ENT Attending 7+ Year Member

    Aug 16, 2010
    Step 1: not great, not horrible. May get weeded out pre-interview at some places with this score.

    Class rank: definitely not ideal. Though sounds like you are doing much better M3 year. Clinical grades >>> M1-M2 grades in importance to your application.

    Research: get on this. Your application needs some strengthening and this is a good way to do that.

    ENT rotations: definitely do a rotation at your home school. Since you have no home residency, you may want to consider doing 2 aways.

    Clerkships: sounds like you are doing well, though some rotations are graded H/P/F and others are A-F?

    With some effort over the next year and applying broadly, I think you still have a reasonably good chance of matching. You need to focus on research experience and getting good letters of rec.
  4. rockRT

    rockRT 7+ Year Member

    Mar 15, 2009
    OtoHNS thank you so much for your reply and for your honesty. clerkship grades are H/ A-F. However, how would I improve my application with ENT research if in town is only a private ENT practice (with no research involvement) and no ENT residency?
  5. OtoHNS

    OtoHNS ENT Attending 7+ Year Member

    Aug 16, 2010
    I thought you said you had publications in the works. These are non-ENT, then?

    For ENT research-

    1. At least talk to the private guys in town, maybe they are willing to help and do some sort of small scale study with you. Especially if you are willing to do all the work on it.
    2. Can try to find an interesting case that one of them has seen recently and write a case report about it.
    3. Do a case report and/or chart review with an attending during your away rotation. There's not time for much more in a month.
    4. Get involved with another department's research project that overlaps with ENT (neurology, neurosurg, neuroradiology, emergency med (for ENT emergencies), pediatrics, general surgery, endocrine (thyroid), etc, etc).
    5. For a much more hardcore approach, consider taking a year off to do an ENT research fellowship, there are several out there (some have been advertised on this forum in the past few months if I remember correctly).
  6. ThePursuit

    ThePursuit 5+ Year Member

    Jan 6, 2010
    USA! USA! USA!
  7. rocketz

    rocketz 2+ Year Member

    Apr 29, 2011
    I'm looking for year-long ENT research fellowships between MS3 and MS4. Any suggestions/success stories/etc? I'm not having a ton of luck at the moment.

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