CESR Application Guidance: Otolaryngology

If you fail to include any of the following you will be unlikely to make a successful CESR application in Otolaryngology.

When applying please also see the SSG, JCST ‘guidance for applicants’ and the Otolaryngology curriculum.


  • The intercollegiate FRCS[1].

Skills and experience

  • Experience in a minimum of three units over six years
  • A minimum of 1,000 emergencies in HST or 300 nights on call
  • Experience in sub-specialty clinics across full range of ENT
  • Fulfill numbers for specified procedures
  • Logbook and consolidation sheets set out in the e-logbook format (including a consolidation report filtered to show the number of specified procedures performed in the last six years)
  • Completion of PBAs to the required levels. It is very important that your PBAs are as meaningful as possible and therefore they should show evidence of feedback and guidance. They should include comments from your assessors and, where appropriate, demonstrate reflection by you. Block entries of ‘satisfactory’ are not acceptable

Papers and Presentations

  • Evidence of the demonstration of critical appraisal and research skills, with regular annual publications, presentations and posters


  • Leadership/Management in the NHS
  • Training the Trainers
  • Up-to-date APLS


  • Regular audits, with a minimum of one per year. Audit must also include a review of personal outcomes

Structured references

  • A minimum of six references, one of which is from your current clinical director

Guidance links

[1] As this is the equivalence route then it is possible that you can demonstrate this in other ways. The specialty specific guidance on the GMC’s and the JCST’s website give details. It is however, highly unlikely, that any combination of evidence other than the intercollegiate examination will show exact equivalence.