The selection process for entry into the Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery training program was adopted in 2001. It was designed to ensure the most equitable and fair procedures are followed to select the best possible trainees. It takes into consideration past work and performance experience, academic abilities and personal qualities that enable Trainees to achieve the objectives of the training program and become skilled and highly competent practitioners in the science and art of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery.
It is expected that any Trainee selected will:
- be dedicated to achieving the highest standards of patient care
- exercise sound clinical and ethical judgement
- have a commitment to quality and safety in health care.
Trainees are expected to:
- complete all aspects of the training program
- undertake all duties expected of a registrar in otolaryngology head and neck surgery conscientiously and with initiative
- have a continuing commitment to self-evaluation and learning
- have the necessary capacity to undertake complex work, develop technical skills and cope with a demanding workload in stressful situations
- demonstrate an interest in research
- maintain at all times courtesy, tolerance and compassion when interacting with patients
- be able to work co-operatively and effectively with colleagues, hospital staff and administration
- be punctual and reliable in the execution of their duties
- participate in the teaching and training of nursing staff, medical students and other trainees
- be aware of their limitations and seek assistance and guidance from more senior and experienced personnel when appropriate
- pay all monies owed to the College and the Australian Society of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery.
At the completion of the training program, Trainees:
- will be competent in the RACS competencies
- will have the confidence and commitment to provide a high degree of skill and competency in the practice of otolaryngology head and neck surgery. It is hoped that in so doing they will maintain an interest and desire to put something back into the professional body that has trained them as well as the wider community.