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Factors influencing the choice of practice location among Canadian otolaryngologists

  • J Cottrell (a1), P You (a2) and K Fung (a2)

Little is known about what shapes the choice of employment location in a competitive surgical specialty like otolaryngology – head and neck surgery. This study aimed to identify factors important in determining practice location among Canadian otolaryngologists


An online survey was distributed nationally to active members of the Canadian Society of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. The survey collected data on general demographics, current practice description, training location, factors deemed important in practice location decisions, and job satisfaction.


A total of 122 survey responses were collected, with a similar proportion of participants in academic versus community practice. The majority of respondents (73 per cent) practised in the same province as their residency training. Participants identified job vacancy, colleague interaction, spouse opinion and hospital services as important in the decision of practice location.


Key determinants of practice location among Canadian otolaryngologists include job vacancies, spouse opinion, and colleague interactions. Overall, Canadian otolaryngologists report high satisfaction with current employment.

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Author for correspondence: Dr Justin Cottrell, Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada E-mail:
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Presented orally at the 71st Canadian Society of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery annual meeting, 10 June 2017, Saskatoon, Canada.

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