Otolaryngology Future Scholars

Photo of the OFS scholars

The aim of the Otolaryngology Future Scholars Program is to provide early exposure to otolaryngology for students from programs without an otolaryngology residency. The program will provide clinical experiences as well as coaching on applications and interview skills to help participants become competitive otolaryngology residency applicants.

As part of a broader commitment to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion in the field of otolaryngology, the program is open to all students interested in exploring a career in otolaryngology; those students underrepresented in medicine (UIM) and those who identify as women are strongly encouraged to apply.

The program will invite up to 5 first or second year medical student-scholars to the University of Minnesota Medical School campus for one week, May 20-24, 2024. Preference will be given to those from programs without otolaryngology residencies. Scholars will be provided clinical experiences in the operating room and clinic, exposure to on-going research in the department and a series of professional development activities geared toward making the participants strong applicants for the competitive match in otolaryngology. In addition, scholars will participate in a series of community building social events aimed at exposing scholars to life at the University of Minnesota and in the Twin Cities.

Application Process

Our application process will close January 16, 2024 for the upcoming summer. Selected candidates will be notified by February 9, 2024. 

Applicants will be responsible for uploading all documents including:

  • Cover Letter - please address the following questions:
    • How will this program benefit you or what do you hope to gain from this program?
    • Do you have a specific area of interest in Otolaryngology? If so, what is it and why?
  • CV
  • Unofficial Transcript

Clinical Experience

Scholars will spend time in both the clinic and in the operating room with a variety of faculty members gaining exposure to the breadth of subspecialties in otolaryngology. Scholars will function as observers.

Research Experience

Scholars will be exposed to ongoing research at the University of Minnesota Department of Otolaryngology. This will include talks by our basic scientists and tours of their laboratories.  Scholars will also gain exposure to the clinical research being carried out by our clinicians.  While it is understood that one week of exposure is too short for scholars to engage in research projects, it is hoped that scholars may be able to identify projects that they may become involved in going forward, helping them gain valuable research experience while also keeping them engaged and deepening their connection to the University of Minnesota.

Professional Development

Scholars will be provided with:

  • Information regarding the application and match process for otolaryngology
  • Individual coaching regarding their CV and discussion of opportunities for activities to improve their applications
  • Opportunities to format their CVs into professional formats
  • Information and the opportunity to practice interview skills including virtual and in-person formats
  • Suggestions and feedback on writing personal statements for their applications
  • Suggestions, opportunities to practice, and feedback giving scientific talks
  • Training in evidence based medicine

Social Events

Scholars will be provided opportunities to interact with University of Minnesota Medical School students, graduate students, and residents from diverse backgrounds to learn about what life is like in Minnesota. Scholars will have the option to participate in various social events as available.