Residency Applicant Information

Information for Residency Applicants

Due to COVID-19, interviews will be held virtually using RezRATE.

Dates and Deadlines

2022 Interview dates: Jan. 7 & 8

Application deadline: Sept. 29, 2021

Submit application via ERAS.

Contact for information:

Candace Wright, MA, C-TAGME
Residency Program Manager
1215 21st Avenue South
Suite 7209
Nashville, TN 37232
(615) 343-6972 (office)
candace.wright@vumc.org

Candace Wright


 

Initial Review and Selection Process

The Vanderbilt Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery Residency Program receives close to 500 applications annually. Each application received by the deadline is reviewed thoroughly, and, while there is no USMLE board score requirement, the score is used to narrow down the number of applications, given initial volume. We are aware that a CV with USMLE scores, grades, awards, publications and letters of recommendation cannot do the applicant justice as a surrogate for the characteristics that will make you an outstanding surgeon and human - someone whom we would be fortunate to attract to our family. The initial review produces 150-200 applications for the review committee, which arrives at a list of 48 applicants. On November 5, 2021, applicants can expect to receive a phone call inviting them to an interview. Applicants will have a choice of two interview dates during the same weekend, and application status notifications will be sent via email to all applicants. 

Interview Process Outline

COVID-19 update: there will be no in-person interviews.  

Interview Day Itinerary:

AM Applicants

 7:15 AM  Welcome - Chair/Program Director
 8:00 AM  Interviews
 11:40 AM  Lunch Break/Common Room for Applicants
 1:00 PM  Meet with Residents (Schedule below)

 

 1:00-1:20 PM  Resident   Welcome    
   Breakout 1:  Breakout 2:  Breakout 3:
 1:20-1:40 PM  Group 1  Group 2  Group 3
 1:40-2:00 PM  Group 3  Group 1  Group 2
 2:00-2:20 PM  Group 2  Group 3  Group 1
 2:20-2:40 PM  Closing Q&A    

Breakout room topics: 
1. Interns/PGYs2
2. Diversity, research, life outside residency
3. Operative volume, resident relationships, next steps after residency

PM Applicants

 7:15 AM  Welcome - Chair/Program Director
 8:00 AM  Meet with Residents (Schedule below)
 11:40 AM  Lunch Break/Common Room for Applicants
 1:00 PM  Interviews

 

 8:00-8:20 AM  Resident   Welcome    
   Breakout 1:  Breakout 2:  Breakout 3:
 8:20-8:40 AM  Group 1  Group 2  Group 3
 8:40-9:00 AM  Group 3  Group 1  Group 2
 9:00-9:20 AM  Group 2  Group 3  Group 1
 9:20-9:40 AM  Closing Q&A    

Breakout room topics: 
1. Interns/PGYs2
2. Diversity, research, life outside residency
3. Operative volume, resident relationships, next steps after residency