Application Process

The Boston Medical Center Otolaryngology Residency Program participates in the NRMP Match and utilizes the ERAS application process.

The application process requires the following:

  1. Completion of the ERAS application form
  2. USMLE Transcript – due to the State of MA licensing requirements, Step 2 CS and CK must be taken prior to December 31st of the Match season
  3. Medical school transcripts
  4. Minimum of three letters of recommendation from supervising physicians/researchers
  5. Dean's Letter / Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE)

October 1st is the deadline for submission of the ERAS application. All supporting documentation must be uploaded to ERAS by October 15th in order for your application to be reviewed.

Interviews are by invitation only and are generally held in December and January. Interviews cannot be scheduled until all materials are received by ERAS.

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How Do I Match in Otolaryngology?

Residency positions in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery remain highly sought among U.S. medical students. The number of applicants to otolaryngology residencies consistently outpaces the number of residency positions each year, resulting in a competitive matching process. While the vast majority of U.S. applicants do match in otolaryngology, there are usually highly qualified applicants who do not secure a position in their graduating class. Residency training programs differ in the qualities sought in trainees and the selection criteria used for creating a ranking list is not uniform. Generally speaking, successful applicants have a strong and well-balanced application that demonstrates a commitment to the field of otolaryngology and patients with otolaryngic disorders. Each of the listed criteria below are important factors for students to consider in their application.

About Boston Medical Center (BMC)

Dedicated to providing accessible healthcare to everyone. At Boston Medical Center, all are welcome and treated equally. The best and brightest physicians, representing virtually every medical specialty, choose to work here for the opportunity to make a difference in their community and beyond. Unwavering in its commitment to the community, BMC is a private, not-for-profit, 514-bed, academic medical center located in Boston's historic South End. The primary teaching affiliate for Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine, BMC is the largest safety-net hospital and busiest trauma and emergency services center in New England. More than half of our patients come from underserved populations, such as the low-income and elderly, who rely on government payers such as Medicaid, the Health Safety Net, and Medicare for their coverage; 32 percent do not speak English as a primary language.

Built on respect, powered by empathy: This value is about doing the right thing for our patients and each other every day, and putting yourself in other people’s shoes to ask what matters to them and how you can make their day better.

Move mountains: To move mountains, employees should not just ask why, but also why not when trying to meet our patients’ needs, innovating and problem solving whenever necessary.

Many faces create our greatness: This value recognizes the fact that diversity is one of the greatest strengths of the hospital, and that everyone has a unique story, which brings a valuable perspective and contribution.

About Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine

We are Frontline Medicine. This is no ordinary medical school. Here you’ll find students, researchers, and faculty with a roll-up-your-sleeves attitude, fierce empathy, and a global drive. We not only pay special attention to the underserved, but work tirelessly at the edges of modern medicine. Whether it’s tackling the resurgence of an infectious disease, uncovering brain disease in a retired linebacker, or analyzing health care patterns in rural Zambia, we’ve built our classrooms at the very front lines of the human condition.

Underrepresented Minorities in Medicine

The Graduate Medical Education Diversity & Inclusion is committed to the recruitment, engagement and advancement of underrepresented minority (URiM) physicians within our residency and fellowship ranks. Through partnerships with our residency and fellowship programs, clinical departments, and administrative offices we aim to provide a diverse physician staff  in order to enhance the quality of care for the patients we serve. We define underrepresented minorities in medicine as: Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, Pacific Islander, Native American, and Native Hawaiian.

Social Determinants of Health

At Boston Medical Center (BMC) our goal is not only to treat disease, but to understand and address its root causes. Research has shown that health is shaped by more than just quality healthcare, but also by social and environmental factors known collectively as the social determinants of health (SDOH). We know that for many, the root causes of medical issues are a lack of employment, income, stable housing or food, and limited education. These challenges can contribute to chronic disease and mental health issues and create barriers to accessing healthcare.

Healthcare providers must address SDOH on both a systemic and individual level. Improving health outcomes for our patients requires addressing structural barriers to good health and increasing equitable access to education and employment, food and nutrition, stable housing, and economic opportunity. To help build better, lasting health for patients and communities, BMC is dedicated to addressing the root causes of poor health so that everyone has an opportunity to thrive.

Contact Us

Janine Lipsky, MPH
Education Coordinator

Phone: 617.638.7066
Fax: 617.638.7965
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For all patient matters please call 617-638-8124