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Prioritising topics for the undergraduate ENT curriculum

  • J D Constable (a1), G A Moghul (a1), P Leighton (a2), S J Schofield (a3) and M Daniel (a1) (a4)...

Abstract

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.

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Corresponding author

Address for correspondence: Mr James D Constable, Otorhinolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery Department, Queen's Medical Centre, Derby Road, Nottingham NG7 2UH, UK Fax: 01159 194486 E-mail: james.constable@nhs.net

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Prioritising topics for the undergraduate ENT curriculum

  • J D Constable (a1), G A Moghul (a1), P Leighton (a2), S J Schofield (a3) and M Daniel (a1) (a4)...

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