Defining performance levels in undergraduate otolaryngology education

R. A. Steven (Lead / Corresponding author), S. McAleer, S. E. Jones, S. K. Lloyd, P. M. Spielmann, N. Eynon-Lewis, G. J. Mires

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Objectives: This study seeks the opinions of qualified doctors on what they feel medical students should learn about otolaryngology. It aims to identify both the content deemed relevant and the performance levels for medical students in otolaryngology.

Methods: A national survey developed from a content analysis of undergraduate otolaryngology curricula from the UK was undertaken, accompanied by a review of the literature and input from an expert group. Data were collected from a wide range of doctors.

Results: Participants felt that graduating students should be able to: recognise, assess and initiate management for common and life-threatening acute conditions; take an appropriate patient history; and perform an appropriate examination for the majority of otolaryngology clinical conditions but manage only a select few.

Conclusion: This study reports performance levels for otolaryngology topics at an undergraduate level. Participating doctors felt that a higher level of performance should be expected of students treating life-threatening, acute and common otolaryngology conditions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17-23
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Laryngology and Otology
Issue number1
Early online date26 Nov 2021
Publication statusPublished - 26 Jan 2022


  • Education
  • Medical Education
  • Medical Student
  • Needs Assessment
  • Otolaryngology
  • Undergraduate

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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