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Augmenting ENT surgery outside the medical school curriculum: the role of a 1-day otolaryngology course

  • H Spiers (a1), H Enayati (a2), R Moussa (a2), A Zargaran (a2), A Thomas (a2), A Murtaza (a2), M Turki (a2) and E Ofo (a3) (a4)...

ENT is highly under-represented in the saturated UK medical school curriculum, comprising less than 1 per cent of the curriculum. A 1-day course was implemented in order to raise awareness of ENT among medical students, educate them in the specialty and teach a basic skill.


The skills day comprised lectures by consultants followed by a consultant-led workshop teaching tracheostomy. Pre- and post-course questionnaires assessed perceptions of ENT, confidence performing tracheostomy and interest in ENT as a career.


Perceptions of ENT as a specialty were improved by up to 80 per cent (p < 0.01). There was improved understanding of and confidence in performing tracheostomies. Interest in a career in ENT was increased by 77 per cent (p < 0.01).


A 1-day course run by a student body can be a powerful adjunct to the medical school curriculum, in terms of educating undergraduates in ENT and inspiring the pursuit of ENT as a career.

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Author for correspondence: Dr Harry Spiers, Flat D, Plymouth Grove Lodge, 23 Plymouth Grove, Manchester M13 9LU, UK E-mail:
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Paper presented at the British Academic Conference in Otolaryngology, 4–6 July 2018, Manchester, UK.

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