Program application language: English
Applicants are assessed in a two-step process:
1. File Review
All applicants will be independently scored by the selection committee and a composite score based on the individual scores will be produced. The top 16 - 20 applicants will be invited for an interview. The file review will comprise 50% of the final candidate mark. Scoring will be based on academic achievement, scholarly activity (research and education), extracurricular activities and reference letters.
Interviews will take place via video conferencing software for all candidates due to COVID-19 restrictions. However, our regular interview format outlined below will continue to apply. A separate virtual meeting room will be set up on interview day for presentations and question/answer session with residents and the program director.
A multi mini interview format will be used with all candidates cycled through stations of 2 interviewers. Each interview station will follow a general theme. Each interviewer will score each candidate and a composite score will be developed based on these scores. The total interview score will comprise 50% of the candidate mark.
You must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident at the time of application.
Three letters of reference are required, and must be written by faculty members/physicians who directly supervised the candidates. Letters must be in accordance with CaRMS criteria.
Order from your Dean's officePersonal Letter
This introductory letter and personal statement should not exceed 500 words. Your autobiographical letter should answer the following questions: - Why you have chosen Otolaryngology as your professional career? - What experiences in your past have led you to choose this specialty? - What personal attributes you possess that fit you for this career? - What aspects of our program are important to you? - Where and in what type of community you would prefer to practice upon completions of your training?Photo
Extra documents such as a publication abstract, or thesis summary not exceeding 2 pages will be reviewed. Full papers will not be reviewed.Ophthalmological Report
This document is not mandatory for an application to our program, but we will accept it if you submit it for our review.
Applications submitted after file review has opened on January 31, 2022
Supporting documents (excluding letters of reference) that arrive after file review has opened on January 31, 2022
Letters of reference that arrive after the unmasking date on January 31, 2022
The Program Selection Committee is comprised of divisional staff members and residents. Members of the Program Selection Committee will review all applications electronically. Each member will score the applications according to preset criteria. A short list will be developed by pooling the scoring of all committee members. Applicants who made it for the short list will be invited by email for interview as clarified in the appropriate section. The interview process will involve multiple mini interviews with members of the selection committee.
To provide adequate facilites for teaching in the basic sciences, clinical and surgical aspects of Otolaryngology. To provide background in the sciences basic to the understanding of otolaryngologic diseases through an organized academic program of seminars, rounds and journal clubs. To provide proper training in medical Otolaryngology disorders through patient exposure on the wards, outpatient clinics, Emergency Department and Intensive Care Unit. To create a scientific atmospher by inviting discussions through visiting professor programs, guest lectures, grand rounds, teaching, seminars and journal clubs. To provide the means to develop technical proficiency and surgical skills in Otolaryngologic surgery thorugh supervised exposure in the operating room, minor surgery in the clinics, cadaver surgery in the amantomy laboratory and the temporal bone lab. To provide adequate clinical and basic research opportunities. To encourage a multidisciplinary approach to patient managment in various areas such as neurotology, Head & Neck oncology and communication disorders and dysphagia.
Ability to interact appropriately with patients and colleagues in a collegial environment
Interest in Otolaryngology and develop into skilled surgeons and clinicans
Demonstrates abilites in all areas of the CanMEDS roles
Demonstrates ability and enthusiasm to learn and able to adapt to the various demands on an Otolaryngologist
Our program and university value the importance of equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in residency education, and achieving a diverse and inclusive group of residents is a goal in our selection process.
Demonstrates the interest and ability for various research opportunities
Review team composition : Comprised of divisional ENT staff members and senior residents at Dalhousie University
Average number of applications received by our program in the last five years : 0 - 50
Average percentage of applicants offered interviews : 51 - 75 %
|CV||Optional: Evaluate content, including research, publications, electives and awards|
|Electives||Experience in ENT or related fields, clinical performance|
|Examinations||We do not evaluate this file component.|
|Extra-curricular||Demonstration of interest outside of medicine|
|Leadership skills||Experience in medical and non-medical leadership|
|Personal letters||Interest in discipline and program location, or other issues candidates want to highlight|
|Reference documents||Qualities as expressed in the CanMEDS competencies|
|Research/Publications||Interest in participating in future research projects|
Interview format :
We routinely accommodate requests to re-schedule interviews for applicants.
|Collaboration skills||Promotion of high-quality patient care through working in a team environment|
|Collegiality||Behaviour, attitude, ability to work well with others|
|Communication skills||Articulate and effective professional communication|
|Health advocacy||Interest in health advocacy|
|Interest in the discipline||Demonstrated experience in Otolaryngology care|
|Interest in the program||Training goals aligned with our medium sized training program in a medium sized city|
|Leadership skills||Demonstrates success in leadership opportunities|
|Professionalism||Respectful and ethical professional conduct|
|Scholarly activities||We do not evaluate this interview component (evaluated via file review)|
Academic Half Day
Lectures and seminars covering a comprehensive academic curriculum, which is updated yearly, take place during the protected academic half-day every Wednesday afternoon. The academic curriculum covers all areas of the specialty as well as various CanMEDS roles and runs over a two-year cycle.
Other Academic Activities
Apart from the academic half-day, the program includes an array of activities outlined in the yearly academic calendar, including multidisciplinary H & N oncology rounds, grand rounds, journal club, visiting professor program, communication disorders program, radiology rounds, pathology rounds, anatomical dissections, research seminar program, auditory neuroscience program.
We have 4 days annually of cadaveric surgery sessions in our surgical skills lab.
Residents are afforded the opportunity to attend multiple courses throughout their residency funded by the program. This includes temporal bone dissection, endoscopic sinus surgery, ENT bootcamp, Exam review course & other courses/meetings as appropriate.
For more details of our current academic activities, please check our website: http://otolaryngology.medicine.dal.ca
This residency program is for 5 years.
Program length of training does not exceed the Royal College or College of Family Physicians of Canada standard.
As similar to all Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery programs across Canada, our program has transitioned to a Competency By Design Education Format.
Entry to Otolaryngology at Dalhousie starts at the PGY-1 level in Core Surgery for two years divided into four-week or eight-week rotations. The core program is a Dalhousie based co-operative joint program among various surgical subspecialties. The PGY-1 year is coordinated by the Office of Postgraduate Medical Education of the Faculty of Medicine while the PGY-2 year is coordinated by the Office of Education of the Department of Surgery. Residents in Otolaryngology are under the joint supervision of the Core Program and the Division of Otolaryngology. In-Training Evaluation Reports are regularly reviewed by the Otolaryngology Program Director.
Rotations for Otolaryngology residents are structured to provide maximum benefit and preparation to the practice of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. A wide array of didactic teaching is offered throughout the program including, but not limited to, the academic half-day day program featuring a comprehensive well structured multidisciplinary curriculum covering all aspects of the discipline over a two year cycle. The following is a detailed description of the program:
Typical rotations include: General Surgery, Otolaryngology, Emergency, Thoracic Surgery, Anesthesia, Neurosurgery, Infectious Diseases, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Typical rotations include: Plastic Surgery, Intensive Care, Otolaryngology
The entire PGY-3 year will be spent rotating on various subspecialites of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck surgery at the Victoria General Hospital, IWK, and Dartmouth General Hospital.
Courses in Endoscopic Sinus Surgery and Temporal Bone Dissection are required during the residency, and are typically taken during the PGY3 year. Funding for these courses and travel amounts are provided by the department.
The entire PGY4 year will be spent rotation on various subspecialties of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery at the Victoria General Hospital, IWK and Dartmouth General Hospital. Elective rotations are typically taken during the PGY4 year for 2-4 months; these may be chosen at the resident's area of interest with approval of the Program Director in sites throughout the Dalhousie system or at other university centres.
The objective here is to further develop and fine-tune the resident's skills in Head and Neck, Plastic/Reconstructive Surgery and Otology fields and to offer exposure in the senior level for community based practice with ample hands on experience.
The entire PGY5 year will be spent rotation on various subspecialties of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck surgery at the Victoria General Hospital, IWK, and Dartmouth General Hospital.
Residents at this level are expected to function more independently and participate more actively in teaching and supervising more junior colleagues whenever possible. This final year is an opportunity for perfecting previously acquired surgical skills with ample hands-on experience, as well as final preparation for the RCPSC examination.
All residents must complete a basic or clinical research project during each year of their Otolaryngology training. These projects are presented at the Divisional Resident Research Day Competition in the spring. The best projects of the year will compete at the Departmental, Faculty and National levels. Protected time for research and/or research rotations are provided as needed.
Our program currently offers fellowship programs for an additional year of training in Otology/Neuro-otology and Head and Neck Surgery. The fellows work collaboratively with the residents and staff to enhance the care and teaching environment.
Residents rotate through the various institutions affiliated with Dalhousie University: QEII Health Sciences Centre (Halifax Infirmary, Victoria General Hospital, NS Cancer Centre), IWK Health Centre, Dartmouth General Hospital, Hants Community Hospital. Community-based elective rotations are available in St. John, NB, Fredericton, NB, Moncton, NB, Sydney, NS or Kentville, NS.
Our Temporal Bone Lab offers two dissection stations with digital video recording, microscope mounted digital video cameras connected to large flat TV monitors to facilitate supervision by mentors and detailed feedback. A year-specific temporal bone surgical dissection curriculum has been developed by our faculty otologists who oversee the lab and directly supervise the residents.
The Department of Surgery Skills lab is a State-of-the-Art multidisciplinary facility is available to all programs all year round for teaching and practicing surgical skills including Head & Neck Surgery, microvascular surgery, Endoscopic surgery to name a few.
Apart from the funded temporal bone dissection course and endoscopic sinus surgery course, funding is provided to residents annually to attend other approved meetings and courses for educational purposes or to present research.
NOTE: All residency programs are required to have 10% of their residency training outside of Halifax Regional Municipality as stipulated in the most recent Academic Funding Plan set out by the Department of Health and Wellness. Please be aware that if matched to Halifax, as part of your training you may be expected to complete rotations outside central zone but within the maritime provinces.
Do I need to do an elective to be considered as an applicant?
No. We will consider all applicants regardless of completing an elective in our institution.
I did not do an elective, should I book a meeting with the program director?
This is not necessary. See also general instructions. There is an opportunity for all candidates during the interview process, to learn everything about the program.
Do I need an eye exam to demonstrate stereoscopic vision?
Our program does not require this but will consider a document if you have it.