Frequently Asked Questions

How is your program different from other programs?

The Department of Otolaryngology at University of Minnesota has been in existence for more than 100 years. Historically, this department has been dedicated to training academic otolaryngologists who not only have excellent clinical skills but will also become teachers and researchers in the specialty. Clinical fellowships are offered by the department in Facial Plastic Reconstructive Surgery, in Pediatrics, and in Neurotology.

How many positions are available?

Four positions are offered at the PGY1 level through the National Resident Matching Program in March each year.

How many interviews are granted?

We schedule approximately 48 interviews in November-January each year. An interview is a prerequisite for admission.

How many applications did you receive?

In Fall 2018, we received 340 applications for the March 2019 National Resident Match.

What qualities are you looking for in applicants?

Historically, this Department has been dedicated to training academic otolaryngologists who not only have excellent clinical skills, but will also become teachers and researchers in the specialty. We are looking for applicants with an interest in academic medicine, research experience and a strong academic record.

What are eligibility requirements?

The Department of Otolaryngology abides by University of Minnesota Medical School policies regarding eligibility for residency, available in the Institution Manual.

What criteria are used to select candidates for admission?

The Department of Otolaryngology abides by University of Minnesota Medical School policies regarding selection of residents, available in the Institution Manual.

Do you sponsor the J1 visa? Do you sponsor the H1 visa?

For candidates who match into this program, the Department of Otolaryngology will support any visa type for which the incoming resident is eligible according to University of Minnesota Medical School policy. Currently, Medical School policy is to prefer the J1 visa, but to allow the H1 for candidates able to meet criteria listed in the Institution's Graduate Medical Education Policy Manual.

Does your state have any special licensure requirements?

Residents must obtain a Residency Permit or a Physician License from the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice before beginning the residency. More information about licensure is available on Minnesota Board of Medical Practice website.