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Diploma in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery (DO-HNS)

The Diploma in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery (DO-HNS) is an intercollegiate exam for doctors intending to join an otolaryngology department in a non-consultant career grade or trainee position. The diploma is also relevant to doctors who wish to practise within another medical specialty which interacts with otolaryngology and for GPs who wish to offer minor ENT surgery. 

The DO-HNS exam is comprised of two parts: Part 1 is an MCQ paper while Part 2 is an OSCE. The exam is held three times a year. Candidates must demonstrate the knowledge, clinical and communication skills and professional attributes outlined in the syllabus and in the General Medical Council’s Good Medical Practice guidance. 

For full DO-HNS details please visit the intercollegiate exam website

Part 1

Eligibility

Full details on candidate eligibility can be found on the intercollegiate exam website. An overview is provided below.

All DO-HNS candidates must: 

  • hold a primary medical qualification that is acceptable to the United Kingdom General Medical Council for full or provisional registration or to the Medical Council in Ireland for full or temporary registration; overseas candidates must hold a primary medical qualification acceptable to the councils of the four colleges;
  • have complied with the exam regulations;
  • have paid the exam fee.

Format

Part 1 of the DO-HNS is a two-hour multiple choice question (MCQ) paper normally consisting of 140 questions in total, and is divided into two sections: Section 1 contains 40 multiple true-false questions. Each question contains a variable number of items which may be true or false. 

Section 2 contains 100 extended matching questions. Each question contains a variable number of options and clinical situations. Only one option is the most appropriate response to each clinical situation. Candidates should select the most appropriate option. It is possible for one option to be the answer to more than one of the clinical situations. 

Candidates may sit this exam in various centres both in the UK and abroad.

Syllabus

The complete syllabus for the Diploma of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery (DO-HNS) is available at the ISCP website.

The curriculum is competency based, requiring candidates to demonstrate both applied and theoretical knowledge and practical skills, together with the professional behaviours outlined in the GMC’s Good Medical Practice guidance. The provision of excellent care for the surgical patient, delivered safely, is at the heart of the curriculum.

Part 2 

Eligibility 

Candidates may pass Part 1 and Part 2 in any order but may not apply for both parts simultaneously. Either part must be passed before applying for the next.

Full details on candidate eligibility can be found on the intercollegiate exam website.

Format

Part 2 of the DO-HNS is an objective structured clinical examination (OSCE), lasting approximately three-and-a-half hours.

The OSCE consists of a circuit up to 28 active stations and sometimes preparation stations and rest stations. More information can be found in the DOHNS guide

Syllabus

The complete syllabus for the Diploma of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery (DO-HNS) is available at the ISCP website.

Application information

All applications must be received by 5pm on the closing date. Please read the examination guidance page before applying for any exam.

Exam dates

Title Application and Fees Due Written and/or MCQ Papers OSCE Exam Fee Completion Fee
DO-HNS MCQ 12 February 2016 18 April 2016   £480  
DO-HNS MCQ 17 June 2016 05 September 2016   £480  
DO-HNS OSCE - Glasgow 04 March 2016   24 - 26 May 2016 £905 £155
DO-HNS OSCE - England 29 July 2016   19 - 21 October 2016 £905 £155