Section for residents and fellows-in-Training survey results

Tara L. Rosenberg, Kanwar Kelley, Jayme R. Dowdall, William H. Replogle, Jeffrey C. Liu, Nikhila P. Raol, Mark E. Zafereo

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Objectives. (1) To present data from the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) Section for Residents and Fellows-in-Training (SRF) annual survey from 2002 to 2011. (2) To compare and analyze trends in resident demographics, residency experiences, and post-training career choices. Study Design. Review of cross-sectional survey data. Setting. Residents and Fellows registered as Members-in-Training through AAO-HNS. Methods. A review of data from surveys distributed between 2002 and 2011 was conducted. Respondent demographic data including age, postgraduate year, gender, and geographic distribution were analyzed. Responses about training experiences, fellowship selection, debt burden, and post-training practice choice were studied in order to elicit trends. Results. Respondents have consistently rated otolaryngology, anesthesia, and trauma/critical care as the most important intern rotations for otolaryngology residents. Each year, approximately 70% of respondents have reported interest in pursuing a fellowship. Pediatric otolaryngology fellowship is now the most popular fellowship among respondents. There has been a recent increase in the percentage of respondents who are interested in pursuing a career in academics. Location, family, and lifestyle have consistently been the most important factors in determining choice of practice. Respondents have reported increasing levels of educational debt. Conclusion. The AAO-HNS SRF survey collects important data regarding resident/fellow training. Several factors limit the generalizability of these results. Despite its limitations, these unique data provide valuable information for continual evaluation and improvement of physician training in the specialty.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)582-588
Number of pages7
JournalOtolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery (United States)
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Otolaryngology residents
  • Section for residents and fellows
  • Survey

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology


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