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Application Process

Dear Prospective Applicant,

We sincerely appreciate your interest in our residency program. Each year, we receive approximately 350 applications from which about 32 applicants are chosen to interview to fill the alternating 2 to 3 positions. All applications are reviewed and interviews for prospective candidates are arranged on the basis of their academic record, research experience, extracurricular activities and letters of recommendation. There is no minimum USMLE score requirement per se; however, competition is exceptionally high, with many more outstanding applicants than openings each year. Applicants are ranked on the basis of high moral and professional qualifications by the Resident Selection Committee for final selection in the Otolaryngology Matching Program.

Students wishing to apply to our program must do so through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) sponsored by the Association of Academic Departments of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery.

To complete an application, go to the following link Once at ERAS website, click on "Residency & Osteopathic Internship Applicants" for a complete description of the application process. Currently there is no strict deadline for applications, however, we strongly recommend submission by October 1 to receive the best consideration.

Interviews are scheduled during the months of December and January. You will be notified by e-mail if you are invited to interview. If you are completing an Otolaryngology sub-internship rotation at UCI, your interview will be scheduled while on site for convenience.

Please navigate through the following link for further information on our program.

Residency Program Overview

For additional information, please contact:

Shiella Labarcon
or by phone at (714) 456-5753, ext. 4

Naveen D. Bhandarkar, M.D.
Residency Program Director