Prioritising topics for the undergraduate ENT curriculum

J. D. Constable (Lead / Corresponding author), G. A. Moghul, P. Leighton, S. J. Schofield, M. Daniel

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OBJECTIVE: Knowledge of ENT is important for many doctors, but undergraduate time is limited. This study aimed to identify what is thought about ENT knowledge amongst non-ENT doctors, and the key topics that the curriculum should focus on.

METHODS: Doctors were interviewed about their views of ENT knowledge amongst non-ENT doctors, and asked to identify key topics. These topics were then used to devise a questionnaire, which was distributed to multiple stakeholders in order to identify the key topics.

RESULTS: ENT knowledge was generally thought to be poor amongst doctors, and it was recommended that undergraduate ENT topics be kept simple. The highest rated topics were: clinical examination; when to refer; acute otitis media; common emergencies; tonsillitis and quinsy; management of ENT problems by non-ENT doctors; stridor and stertor; otitis externa; and otitis media with effusion.

CONCLUSION: This study identified a number of key ENT topics, and will help to inform future development of ENT curricula.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)631-639
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Laryngology and Otology
Issue number7
Early online date9 May 2017
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2017


  • Journal article
  • Otolaryngology
  • Education
  • Medical
  • Undergraduate
  • Curriculum


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