Otolaryngology head and neck surgeons work within both public and private facilities to treat both adult and paediatric patients. Procedures commonly performed by Otolaryngology head and neck surgeons include tonsillectomy, adenoidectomy, septoplasty, microlaryngoscopy, oesophagoscopy, endoscopic sinus surgery, tympanomastoid surgery, removal of neck lumps and salivary gland tumours and tracheostomy.
5 years full-time
College-selected trainees may be allocated to a training post by:
For detailed information in relation to training and assessment requirements, please contact RACS.
Otolaryngology surgery trainees are selected directly into the sub-specialty and progress through the SET (Surgical Education and Training) program, an integrated program designed to provide clinical and operative experience to enable trainees to investigate and treat conditions of the ear, nose, throat, head and neck. The main components of SET training are placements in hospital posts, short courses (skills and specialty-specific), research and assessments. Upon completing all requirements of the training program, trainees may apply for admission to Fellowship of RACS.
Applicants must have permanent residency or citizenship of Australia and New Zealand at the time of registration and hold general (unconditional) medical registration in Australia or general scope or restricted general scope registration in the relevant specialty in New Zealand. Applicants are also required to have successfully completed the RACS Hand Hygiene Learning Module and RACS Let’s Operate With Respect eModule and have passed the RACS Generic Surgical Science Examination (GSSE). In addition, applicants must have completed a minimum of 10 consecutive weeks in a otolaryngology head and neck unit, an additional minimum 20 weeks of surgical experience, a minimum of 8 consecutive weeks in a dedicated Emergency Department, a minimum of 8 consecutive weeks in a dedicated intensive care unit. Further details are available from RACS.
Minimum 50% of full-time commitment however trainees must apply to the relevant Specialty Board at least 6 months prior to the proposed commencement of part-time training. Training must be completed within 9 years.
Allowed for periods in multiples of six months however training must be completed within nine years.