Each resident will attend 1 soft tissue course, 2 temporal bone courses, 2 functional endoscopic sinus surgery courses, 1 head & neck dissection course and 1 pediatric airway course.
This year comprises of 6 months of surgical rotations with critical care and 6 months of general otolaryngology. During the surgical rotations, the postings are plastics, neurosurgery and high dependency. The aims are to acquire basic surgical skills.
In the second year, residents acquire basic ENT knowledge and perform simple ENT procedures. Residents will rotate to otology, rhinology and head & neck rotations.
In the third year, residents undertake a research project. During this time, they attend research training and focus on their research study. Bench work research can be done too. Residents are rotated to Jurong Health Services for 3 months.
This is a chief resident experience. Each Year 4 resident take turns to be the chief resident. The duties include
- Rostering of call
- Allocation of clinics and OT duties
- Monitoring of leave
- Represent the residents interest
In the last year, resident who are keen to increase their exposure in their area of interest can do so. This can be done outside the NUHS institutions and outside Singapore (subject to the programme director's approval). This experience can include a exposure to ENT in developing countries or a rotation to established ENT training centres in Australia, Canada, UK or USA.
Otolaryngology Training Exam
All residents undergo an annual formative assessment. This examination is administered by the American Board of Otolarygology. It is an MCQ exam taken by all US residents in Otolarynology and the results are benchmarked to the year in training.