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J Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2012 Dec;41(6):419-25.

Trainee perceptions of laryngology in otolaryngology residency programs.

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  • 1Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, USA.



There is no standardized curriculum for laryngology within otolaryngology residency programs despite the fact that laryngology is a significant portion of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada examination. Our objective was to evaluate trainee perceptions of laryngology within otolaryngology residency programs.


Cross-sectional survey.


Canadian otolaryngology residency programs.


A Web-based, anonymous survey was conducted among otolaryngology residents. The survey was based on Royal College learning objectives for laryngology. The survey was administered using Dillman's Total Design Method and distributed in English and French.


Sixty-four of 150 (42.6%) residents responded to the survey (55.6% male; mean age 29.3 years). About half of the respondents agreed or strongly agreed that the amount of didactic and clinical laryngology instruction was adequate. About 41.0% agreed or strongly agreed that the amount of operative laryngology instruction was adequate. Cited areas for improvement included injection laryngoplasty, botulinum toxin injection, medialization thyroplasty, care of the professional voice, phonosurgery, and videostroboscopy. Areas of strength included flexible nasopharyngoscopy, laryngeal anatomy, hoarseness, stridor, laryngopharyngeal reflux disease, and vocal cord paralysis. Overall, 40.7% felt somewhat comfortable providing laryngology care. The presence of a laryngology fellowship at the training program, respondent interest in pursuing a fellowship, completion of a laryngology elective, and previous laryngology research did not affect the residency experience. Senior residents are more comfortable with providing laryngology care than juniors.


Several areas of strengths and areas for improvement in laryngology appear to exist within otolaryngology residency programs as perceived by current trainees.

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