ORL Department Welcomes Three New Residents

2019 ORL PGY-1 residentsKarim Asi, MD; Jumah Ahmad, MD; and Sean P. McKee, MD, have joined the Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth as first-year residents in July 2019.

“We interviewed 60 candidates this year, and these three physicians were our successful matches through the National Resident Matching Program,” says Ronda Alexander, MD, an assistant professor of otorhinolaryngology and director of residency training. “The Match, as it is known, uses a computerized mathematical algorithm to place applicants into residency and fellowship positions based on a combination of their rank order list of programs and the programs’ rank order lists of applicants. The algorithm is biased toward applicants so that each goes to his or her most preferred program if it has a space available.”

For a match to occur, both the applicant and program must rank each other. The algorithm tries to match each applicant to his or her first-choice residency program. When that is not possible, it matches to the second choice and so on, until the applicant is matched or all choices have been exhausted. Research on the algorithm was the basis for the 2012 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences.

Dr. Asi is a graduate of McGovern Medical School at UTHealth, Dr. Ahmad received his medical degree at the University of Missouri School of Medicine, and Dr. McKee graduated from the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming these new residents, all of whom have a strong interest in research,” says Dr. Alexander. “They’ll contribute to our environment of academic inquiry as we shape them into outstanding otorhinolaryngologists.”