The intercollegiate Diploma in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery (DO-HNS) tests the knowledge, clinical and communication skills and professional attributes expected of a doctor intending to join an otolaryngology department in a trainee position.

The DO-HNS examination consists of two parts. Part 1 is a multiple choice exam containing both multiple true-false questions and extended matching questions. Part 2 is an objective structured clinical examination (OSCE), and leads to the award of the Intercollegiate MRCS (ENT).

You are strongly advised to read the guide below before sitting the DO-HNS examination. It covers the following key topics:

  • topics and skills that may be examined
  • entry requirements
  • Part 1 format, duration and sample questions
  • Part 2 format and duration
  • candidate admittance and conduct
  • results

Syllabus and recommended reading

DOHNS Content Guide

This document provides a full breakdown of the DO-HNS syllabus and the recommended reading required for the examination. The document also provides essential information on the format of both Part 1 and Part 2, sample questions and our standard-setting process.


Remote exam delivery - Candidate Resources

From September 2020, the DO-HNS Part 1 will be delivered remotely using the Examplify system provided by ExamSoft. Below are some resources to aid candidates in preparing to take the exam on their own device:

This resource provides answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the remote delivery of the DO-HNS Part 1

Frequently Asked Questions

This resource provides candidates with guidance on the remote delivery DO-HNS Part 1 and detailed instructions for what to do in advance and on the day of the exam

DOHNS Part 1 Online Candidate Guide

This resource shows candidates some Dos and Don'ts for preparing and setting up on the day of the exam

Candidate Set-up Guide

This resource provides candidates with guidance on how to ensure their exam room is adequately lit for the exam

Camera + Lighting Guide

From October 2020, the written component of the DO-HNS Part 2 OSCE will be delivered remotely using the Practique system provided by Fry-IT, with remote proctoring services being provided by ProctorExam. Below are some important resources to aid candidates in preparing to take the exam on their own device:

This resource outlines information about the online exam process and gives links to information about setting up the exam environment for remote proctoring:

DOHNS OSCE written component online exam process information

This resource provides guidance about the minimum system requirements for your device to take the exam:

Minimum system requirements Guidance for Candidates

This resource provides guidance about the pre-exam checks in relation to ProctorExam you will need to do:

PROCTOREXAM Pre checks

This resource provides some additional notes about the exam-day actions and guidelines and provides answer to Frequently Asked Questions about the Practique and ProctorExam systems that will be used to deliver the written component of the DO-HNS OSCE:

Additional notes for candidates and FAQs 

This resource is a how-to guide for candidates to give them information about how the Practique exam system and ProctorExam will work on the day of the exam:

PROCTOREXAM Practique On The Day Guide

This resource is a GDPR consent form for the ProctorExam system that candidates must read, sign and return to the College to whom they applied for the DO-HNS OSCE:

PROCTOREXAM GDPR Consent form


Candidate guidance

DO-HNS candidate guidance notes

This document provides candidates with information relating to the DO-HNS Part 2 OSCE exam including the format of the exam, assessment domains, the marking and standard setting process, malpractice regulations and the release of results.


Privacy policy notice

From September 2020, the DO-HNS Part 1 will be delivered remotely using Examplify, a computer-based exam system provided by ExamSoft. Please read the Privacy Policy below for details of how personal data collected in the system will be used:

ICBSE Surgical Exams Privacy Policy Notice

From October 2020, the written component of the DO-HNS Part 2 OSCE will be delivered remotely using Practique, a computer-based exam system provided by Fry-IT, with remote proctoring provided by ProctorExam. Please read the Privacy Policy below for details of how personal data collected in the system will be used:

ICBSE DOHNS OSCE written online Exams Privacy Policy Notice