The Diploma in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery (DOHNS) examination is an intercollegiate examination, which tests the knowledge, clinical skills, communication and professional attributes that would be expected of a doctor joining an otolaryngology department as a trainee or non-consultant career grade. The diploma is also relevant for GPs and doctors within another medical speciality which interacts with otolaryngology.
This course focuses on Part 2 of the DOHNS examination which is an OSCE consisting of 30 stations. This is usually split into 5 manned 5 manned stations, 23 unmanned stations and 2 rest stations. Each station lasts 7 minutes, with the whole examination lasting approximately 3 hours and 20 minutes.
The manned stations are designed to assess clinical skills, history taking, examination and communication stations. These are manned by an examiner and by a patient (or actor playing the role of a patient).
The unmanned stations are stations where the candidate is presented with questions to be answered on a question/answer sheet. These stations allow for the assessment of:
- Anatomy and physiology
- Head and neck and laryngology
- Written communication skills
During these stations, candidates collect their question/answer sheets and place them in a provided folder, which they carry throughout the examination as they progress around the circuit. This is handed in at the end of the examination.
Our comprehensive course provides over 146 stations covering all aspects to help you pass the examination which you are given access to for 90 days.
* Proposed changes to the examination due to COVID 19 for October 2020 examination *
Due to Covid-19 there have been some proposed changes to the examination format.
- Ear examination will be removed from the proposed circuit
- The nasoendoscopy station will be adapted to be delivered without the need of a patient
- Exam structure will be split into 2 parts
- written station section will be delivered remotely online using same questions on 19th October 2020
- clinical stations delivered in a shortened 6 or 7 station circuit. Four examined stations and three preparation stations.
- It is possible the candidate may need to take the examination over two separate days
- If delivered in a face-to-face format, the candidate would be allowed to take the exam at their most local College, irrespective of College of application.
- Final decision with regards to mode of delivery for ‘clinical’ stations still to be determined. If performed in person at the Colleges, they will run from Tuesday the 20th of October to Thursday the 22nd of October.
This fully interactive course provides questions based on the curriculum with explanations and links to relevant guidelines and documents. You will have full online support and access to all questions and an extensive library with hundreds of clinical images.
For more details please see the official announcement on the Intercollegiate MRCS Exam website: https://www.intercollegiatemrcsexams.org.uk/announcements/changes-to-dohns-part-2-osce-october-2020-due-to-covid-19/
Useful Links to Official Documentation
Guide to the Intercollegiate Diploma in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery examination https://www.intercollegiatemrcsexams.org.uk/-/media/files/imrcs/dohns/dohns-candidate-guidance/dohns-content-guide–may-13updated-march-15.pdf