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
Syllabus and recommended reading
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
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
This resource shows candidates some Dos and Don'ts for preparing and setting up on the day of the exam
This resource provides candidates with guidance on how to ensure their exam room is adequately lit for the exam
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:
This resource provides guidance about the minimum system requirements for your device to take the exam:
This resource provides guidance about the pre-exam checks in relation to ProctorExam you will need to do:
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:
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:
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.