The program includes eight domains:
- Otology and neurology
- Pediatric and general otolaryngology
- Laryngology and rhinology
- Head and neck surgery and facial plastic and reconstructive surgery (this includes maxilli-facial and bronchoesophgology)
The goal of the program is to produce a specialist in otolaryngology who has achieved competencies in all of the seven CanMEDS roles including those of:
- medical expert
- health advocate
Graduate of residency training program
A graduate of this training program will meet the requirements necessary to obtain registration forms from the Professional Corporation of Physicians of Quebec and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
As of 2004, the American Board of Otolaryngology no longer recognizes Canadian training programs and has revoked the elibigility of Canadian residents to write the American Board of Otolaryngology exams. There are active efforts to resolve the difficulty at this time, which applies to all residents from Canadian training programs in otolaryngology. Such a precedent has already been set in other specialties.
The graduate in otolaryngology is expected to have acquired all seven CanMEDS key competencies. More specifically, graduates are expected to:
- possess a sound knowledge of the general principles of medicine and surgery. As of July 1993, it is mandatory for residents to pass the Principles of General Surgery exam, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, to acquire sufficient knowledge of basic and clinically applied science in addition to the necessary clinical skills for the practice of otolaryngology, which includes the areas of otology, neuro-otology, laryngology, head and neck surgery, facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, maxillofacial surgery, and bronchoesophagology;
- demonstrate satisfactory interpersonal relationships with colleagues, nurses, ancillary medical personnel, patients, and their families;
- develop an orderly and logical approach to patient management;
- possess high standards of professional ethics, responsibility to both patients and the community and to their own continuing self-education;
- gain an appreciation of the role of basic and clinical research in the further development of the speciality.