Evaluation of Current Triological Society Thesis Trends and Membership Demographics

Kenneth H. Lee, Dana M. Thompson, Myles L. Pensak

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Objectives: (1) Identify the time required for completion, submission, and acceptance of a Triological Thesis and trends for thesis acceptance. (2) Determine the current Triological Society demographics and identify variances based on separated age groups of the current membership. Study Design: Retrospective review of The Triological Society database and survey of candidates and fellows. Methods: Data from the records of all candidates and fellows of the Triological Society were reviewed to determine the number of years from candidate to active fellow status for all members inducted into the Triological Society from 1990 to 2018. In addition, all current candidates, active and senior fellows were surveyed online to capture demographic data and opinions regarding the Triological Society. Results: Since 1990, there has been a steady increase in the number of candidates and theses accepted. Of candidates successfully completing theses, 73% did so within 3 years and 90% within 5 years. Based on the 514 of 809 (64%) active and senior fellows responding to the survey, 83% reported being male and 15% female. Also, 73% reported as Caucasian, 12% Asian, 2% Hispanic, 2% Black, 0% Native American, and 2% Mixed Race. Of the 93 of 178 (52%) active candidates (those authorized to prepare a thesis) responding to the survey, 70% reported as male, 28% female, 58% Caucasian, 17% Asian, 6% Hispanic, 5% Black, 0% Native American, and 3% Mixed Race. Conclusions: The Triological Society continues to grow, and its membership is becoming more diverse, including more women and wider ethnic diversity. Candidates should plan for submitting their thesis as early as possible as data demonstrates the greatest likelihood of success if done within 3 years. Level of Evidence: N/A Laryngoscope, 2022.

Original languageEnglish (US)
StateAccepted/In press - 2022


  • demographics
  • thesis
  • Triological Society

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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