Application Requirements

The University of Florida Department of Otolaryngology welcomes your application to the Otolaryngology Residency Program. Applications for 2019 will be accepted through the NRMP/ERAS Matching Program. For more information please visit (Click on Residency Applicants). Our application deadline is October 13, 2018.

The following documents are needed to be considered a complete application:

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

Students and graduates of foreign medical schools must provide the following verifications in addition to the previous documents:

  • 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

Please abide by the guidelines of the NRMP and get your application to them on time. We will return the notification card acknowledging receipt of your application. Applications received after the deadline of October 13, 2018 will not receive equal consideration. Even if your application is rejected, you will be notified.

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

Q: How is your program different from other programs?
A: 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.

Q: What qualities are you looking for among applicants?
A: We have a variety of personalities among our residents who originate from all over the United States. The consistent qualities we seek are a strong work ethic, cooperative attitude, and a sense of humor.


Interview invitations will be emailed to those selected for interviews within two weeks after the deadline and should be received in October/November. Interviews for 2019-2020 applicants will be conducted between December 2018 and January 2019. Those who are planning to visit Gainesville should consider viewing information about Gainesville and directions to our Gainesville offices.

Technical Standards for Otolaryngology Residency Selection

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.

Observation: 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.

Communications: 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.

Motor: 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.

Intellectual: Conceptual, Integrative, and Quantitative Abilities: These abilities include measurement, calculation, reasoning, analysis, and synthesis of complex information.

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.

We wish you the best in your application process!


Neil N. Chheda, MD
Residency Program Director
Jeb M. Justice, MD
Associate Residency Program Director