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Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 2017 Jun;126(6):493-497. doi: 10.1177/0003489417705396. Epub 2017 Apr 19.

Quantifying Medical Student Education and Exposure to Otolaryngology.

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1 Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA, USA.
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2 Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Boston Medical Center, Boston, MA, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

Evaluate the educational and exposure opportunities provided to students by national otolaryngology organizations.

METHODS:

Twenty-four otolaryngology organizations and subspecialty societies were reviewed for medical student involvement opportunities, educational and enrichment opportunities, costs of involvement, and available research and travel scholarships.

RESULTS:

Nine organizations (37.5%) offered membership; 6 charged a membership fee, averaging $73 ± $30 (mean ± SD). Membership was limited to associate status for 7 organizations (77.8%; 7/9). Three organizations (12.5%) provided service opportunities, 4 (16.7%) allowed students to vote, and 1 (4.2%) allowed students to endorse others for membership. Most organizations allowed students to attend conferences (95.8%), and 19 (79.2%) allowed students to present research. Twenty-one (87.5%) organizations charged a conference registration fee ($366 ± $300). Seven organizations (29.2%) offered research scholarships, and 5 (20.8%) offered travel awards.

CONCLUSIONS:

Opportunities exist for medical students to attend conferences and present research; however, educational and enrichment activities in other areas were limited. Future efforts may be warranted to increase the number and type of opportunities for students.

KEYWORDS:

medical student; national otolaryngology organizations; otolaryngology/education; undergraduate medical education

PMID:
28420243
DOI:
10.1177/0003489417705396
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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