DOI: 10.1002/ohn.475 ISSN:

Does Geographic Region of Away Rotations Predict Otolaryngology Match Outcomes?

William J. Benjamin, Nicholas R. Lenze, Angela P. Mihalic, Michael J. Brenner, Lauren A. Bohm, Marc C. Thorne, Robbi A. Kupfer
  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Surgery



To assess whether the geographic region where medical students complete an away rotation predicts the same site, region‐specific, or overall interview offers and match success in otolaryngology.

Study Design



US medical schools.


We queried the Texas Seeking Transparency in Application to Residency database to analyze outcomes of otolaryngology applicants during the 2018 to 2020 and 2022 match cycles. Outcomes included a number of interviews offered, geographic location of interviews, and match results, including region‐specific and overall match success rate.


Of 455 otolaryngology applicants, 402 (90.3%) completed an away rotation. Among these, 368 (91.8%) were offered an interview and 124 (30.9%) matched to the program where they completed an away rotation. Applicants who completed away rotations outside their home region received more interview offers from that region than those who did not (Northeast: 4.2 vs 2.9; South: 4.3 vs 3.0; Central: 4.8 vs 3.0; West: 3.8 vs 1.6, P < .01 for all). Completing a remote away rotation increased the odds of receiving an interview from and matching within that region. After excluding programs where an away rotation was completed, a remote away rotation increased the odds of receiving an interview in the central and western regions (Central: odds ratio [OR]: 1.2 [1.1, 1.5]); West OR: 1.9 [1.7, 2.2]; and the odds of matching in the western region (OR: 2.9 [1.2, 7.4], all P < .01).


Away rotations are associated with increased odds of interviewing and matching at that away program, with possible associations across the region, most evident for the West coast.

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