What does DO-HNS stand for?
DO-HNS stands for Diploma of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. Established in April 2008 as an intercollegiate exam, it is awarded by The Royal College of Surgeons of England.
Aimed at doctors intending to join an Otolaryngology department in a trainee or non-consultant capacity, it tests:
- clinical and communication skills
- professional attributes.
What does the DO-HNS exam involve?
The exam is comprised of:
- a multiple-choice question (MCQ) paper consisting of true/false questions and extended matching (a form of multiple choice which tests diagnostic reasoning). Candidates have two hours to complete the paper.
- an objective-structured clinical exam (OSCE), in which you will be expected to examine patients. You must have been awarded a pass in the MCQ before sitting the OSCE.