Application Information

The University of Florida Department of Otolaryngology welcomes your application to the Otolaryngology Residency Program. Applications for Match 2024 will be accepted through the NRMP/ERAS Matching Program. For more information please visit .


All Applicants

Required Documents

– Common Application Form
– Personal Statement (specialty specific paragraph not required)
– Medical School Transcript
– USMLE Transcript
– MSPE/Dean’s Letter
– 3 Letters of Recommendation
– Photograph

Additional Documents Needed

Foreign Students

– ECFMG Certification
– J-1 Visa Status
– United States residency status (permanent resident, naturalized citizen, etc)
– Two years of experience in the US
– Proof of passing USMLE step I, II and III

The NRMP has suggested that we answer the following two questions to assist you in your decision:

How do we differ?

We are an extremely well balanced medium-sized program with an outstanding national reputation. We allow each resident to reach their own potential rather than attempting to mold them to our design. Our location in a university community may prove particularly attractive to those applicants who do not desire the negative aspects of urban life. We have a close-knit friendly group of faculty and residents who genuinely care about their colleagues.

What qualities do we look for?

The ideal resident would possess the 4 I’s: Integrity, Intelligence, Industrious, and Interesting. The ability to work well with small team dynamics, including flexibility, is an additional positive feature.

Technical standards for Otolaryngology have been established to allow the resident candidate to determine their ability to perform the required duties in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
A candidate for the otolaryngology residency must have abilities and skills in five categories: observation, communication, motor, intellectual, behavioral and social. However, it is recognized that degrees of ability vary widely between individuals.

technical standards


A candidate must be able to observe a patient accurately at a distance and close at hand. In detail, observation necessitates the functional use of the sense of vision and other sensory modalities. Full color vision and binocular vision are necessary for the successful performance of otolaryngologic surgery.

technical standards


A candidate must be able to communicate effectively and sensitively with patients. The focus of this communication is to elicit information, describe changes in mood, activity, and posture, and perceive nonverbal communications. Communication includes not only speech, but reading and writing. The candidate must be able to communicate effectively and efficiently in oral and written forma with all members of the health care team.

technical standards


Candidates must have sufficient motor function to elicit information from patients by palpation, auscultation, percussion, and other diagnostic maneuvers. A candidate must be able to execute motor movements reasonably required to provide general care and emergency treatments to patients. such actions require coordination of both gross and fine muscular movements, equilibrium, and functional use of the senses of the touch and vision.

technical standards

Behavioral and Social Attributes

A candidate must possess the emotional health required for full utilization of his or her intellectual abilities, the exercise of good judgment, the prompt completion of all responsibilities attendant to the diagnosis and care of patients, and the development of mature, sensitive, and effective relationships with patients. Candidates must be able to tolerate physically taxing workloads and to function effectively under stress. They must be able to adapt to changing environments, to display flexibility, and learn to function in the face of uncertainties inherent in the clinical problems of many patients. Compassion, integrity, interpersonal skills, interest and motivation are all personal qualities that are assessed during the selection and education process.

Neil N Chheda

Neil N Chheda MD

Associate Professor & Vice Chair- Chief, Division Of Laryngology – Residency Program Director
Jeb M Justice

Jeb M Justice MD

Associate Professor, Chief, Division Of Rhinology & Skull Base Surgery, Associate Residency Program Director, APP Director