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Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2017 Aug;157(2):222-225. doi: 10.1177/0194599817703077. Epub 2017 Apr 18.

Resident Involvement in Professional Otolaryngology Organizations: Current Trends in the United States.

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1 Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Boston University Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
2 Department of Pediatrics, Boston Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.


Involvement by residents in professional medical organizations can enrich their training, but little data exist regarding the number and types of involvement opportunities available to otolaryngology residents. We sought to fill this gap in knowledge by quantifying the extent to which major otolaryngology-related organizations in the United States provide involvement opportunities to otolaryngology residents. Our analysis included 23 organizations and subspecialty societies. Results showed that many opportunities exist for residents to attend conferences and present research; however, fewer involvement and funding opportunities existed in any other leadership, health policy, or service-learning experiences. These findings were consistent across general and subspecialty societies. Given the many purported benefits of resident involvement in otolaryngology outside of the standard training environment, future efforts may be warranted to increase the number and type of involvement opportunities currently available in professional societies.


graduate medical education; health policy; otolaryngology; research; resident education; service learning

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