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Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

Admissions and Benefits


The Bobby R. Alford Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery Residency selects residents using the National Residency Matching Program. We accept applications exclusively via ERAS. 

Additional Information about our program is available via FREIDA. More about GME life at Baylor College of Medicine is available at our GME homepage, including information about benefits, institutional resources and the institutional GME handbook. 




Approximately 50 candidates will be selected for interview. Letters of invitation are issued in October and November, and interviews are held in November, December, and January. The department Chair, Dr. Donald T. Donovan; Resident Program Director, Dr. Krista Olson, Associate Program Director, Dr. K. Kelly Gallagher, and selected members of the full-time clinical and research faculty participate in the interview and selection process. 

Due to the pandemic, all interviews will be virtual this year. For up-to-date information on how Baylor College of Medicine is responding to the pandemic, visit our Coronavirus website. Baylor College of Medicine’s Otolaryngology interview season typically consists of three interview days during the months of November, December, and January however this year things will be different due to the College’s social distancing protocol. Once they have received an invitation, applicants will be able to interview virtually. For the current academic year, the virtual interview dates are as follows: 

  • Friday, Nov. 20, 2020 
  • Friday, Dec.11, 2020 
  • Friday, Jan. 15, 2021 

One of the strengths of the program’s interview process is that it allows applicants to gain a better knowledge of the program in both a formal and informal setting. During the virtual interview process, applicants will be able to interact with current residents and faculty members. They will get the chance to hear from the program director and department chair and view presentations regarding the program, life in Houston, etc. 

Applicants would normally be given an in-person tour of our world-renowned facilities (including surgical, clinical, research, and academic) but with current restrictions, that is not possible. 




Five medical school graduates are selected for entry into the residency training program each year. Qualities common to those residents chosen for the program include: 

  • Record of academic excellence 
  • Genuine research interests or academic contributions 
  • Good communication skills 
  • Evidence of extracurricular activities 
  • Sound character and moral development 
  • Team players 

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See stipends and benefit information on the Baylor College of Medicine’s graduate medical education website. Stipend levels are at the national average, but Houston's cost of living ranks among the lowest of metropolitan areas in the United States.

Maintaining your physical and emotional wellness is a prerequisite to professional success. Our residents have access to a number of programs to support their well-being. View wellness resources.

Information about vacation and leave of absences is available on the graduate medical education website.


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