Augmenting ENT outside the medical school curriculum: the role of a 1-day otolaryngology course
ENT is highly underrepresented in the saturated UK medical school curriculum; comprising less than 1% of the curriculum.
Our aim was to raise awareness of ENT among medical students, educate them in the specialty, and teach a basic skill, by implementing a one-day course.
The skills day comprised lectures by consultants followed by a consultant-led workshop teaching tracheostomy. Pre- and post-course questionnaires assessed perceptions of ENT, confidence performing tracheostomy and interest in ENT as a career.
Perceptions of ENT as a specialty were improved by 80% (p<0.01). There was improved understanding of, and confidence performing, tracheostomies. Interest in a career in ENT was increased by 77% (p<0.01).
A one-day course run by a student body can be a powerful adjunct to the medical school curriculum, not only educating undergraduates in ENT but also inspiring the pursuit of ENT as a career.