Building a world of expert peer reviewers: Resident Reviewer Development Program

November 2019 – Vol. 38, No. 10

By Jennifer J. Shin, MD, SM

Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery invites residents to apply to enroll in the Resident Reviewer Development Program.

To be considered for the 2020 class, applications should be submitted by January 13, 2020.


Applicants should:

  • Be PGY-3 or PGY-4
  • Have their department chair sign the Letter of Support
  • Submit the Resident Reviewer Application Form
  • Professional working proficiency or full professional proficiency in English

To learn more, please visit the Resident Reviewer Development Program page.

If you are an experienced peer reviewer and are interested in serving as a mentor for the program, please contact the journal office at We also welcome communication from residency program directors regarding interest in the program.

The Resident Reviewer Development Program pairs qualified residents with seasoned peer reviewers to foster the growth and development of the next generation of otolaryngology peer reviewers. Residents typically complete three to six mentored reviews and, when recommended by their mentor, perform a proposed independent review. Graduates of the program join the main reviewer pool for the journal. Excelling as a peer reviewer is often the first step toward becoming a Star Reviewer, Editorial Board member, or Associate Editor.

Mentors and mentees enjoy camaraderie and expressions of gratitude at the Resident Reviewer Development Program Reception during the AAO-HNSF 2019 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience.

The program has grown, with the largest resident class to date enrolled in 2019. Thirty-five graduates of the program maintained an average rating of excellent, and six achieved Star Reviewer status. We also saw the inaugural international graduate of the program in 2018, and the first European matriculant in 2019. International applicants are encouraged.


We at Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery look forward to the next cohort of successful graduates.