Medical Student Resources

You’re in medical school, but what’s next?

The AAO-HNS offers resources to help guide medical students who are interested in exploring a career in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery.

Read the articles below to learn more about the match process, life as a resident, the path to becoming a fellow-in-training, and firsthand knowledge about practicing otolaryngology. The Academy also offers surgical videos and learning modules to provide an in-depth look at real procedures from expert surgeons.

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Preference Signaling for ENT Residency Applications

This webinar covered an overview of the program and specific details of how preference signaling worked during the 2020 application season, including a discussion of the background, rationale, logistics, and benefits to both applicants and residency programs. For any medical student planning on applying for ENT residency, this session is a must to better understand the impact of preference signaling.

Learn from junior and senior residents and fellows-in-training about what to expect when you join the otolaryngology specialty. Discussion topics include: what to do (and not do) after you match, what to expect during your first year of residency, opportunities and resources available from AAO-HNS, how to connect with new colleagues, and more!

Designed for incoming residents, and students interested in otolaryngology, first and second year residents discuss their first-year experiences, address concerns and questions, and offer recommendations on how to prepare for the first year of residency.

Members of the AAO-HNS Diversity and Inclusion Committee share their own challenges and personal journeys to otolaryngology including tools and resources for students underrepresented in medicine, successful navigation of the system to match into Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, and early Residency experiences.

Medical Student Travel Grant applications to attend the AAO-HNSF 2024 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience in Miami, Florida will open in Spring 2024.

Questions about Medical Student Travel Grants? Contact [email protected]

Diversity Endowment URM Away Rotation Grant – 2024 School Year Applicants

The American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery Diversity and Inclusion Committee would like to introduce medical students from underrepresented minorities (URM) to the field of otolaryngology.

Recipients are required to participate in weekly meetings with a selected mentor, submit a letter from the program representative verifying proof of participation in an away rotation, and submit a 350-word article to the Academy at the conclusion of the rotation. The application process for 2026 graduates will open in Spring 2025.

AAO-HNSF 2024 Annual Meeting & OTO EXPO Early Registration Ends July 31Learn More