Dear Colleagues,

The Intercollegiate Specialty Board in Otolaryngology is keen to recruit examiners for the intercollegiate exam to increase the diversity, spread of geographical representation and super-specialty interests of the body of examiners. You would be a consultant having been in a substantive post for at least five years in the UK or Ireland and would have experience in trainee assessment and/or examining, which could be at undergraduate level. A commitment to a minimum of five days per year of examining and assessment would be necessary.

The intercollegiate exam is one of the most important exams our trainees and colleagues undertake, which allows them to apply for CCT along with the other requirements, and to enter independent practice. The exam is regulated by the GMC/IMC and follows the Intercollegiate Surgical Curriculum Programme set by the SAC in otolaryngology. It can be hard work during the exam but it is enjoyable – at least for the examiners, – and provides an essential step in assessing who is suitable to progress to join the Specialist Register.

Appointments are normally for five years (which may be extended to 10) and, as the exam takes place all around the UK and Ireland, you will gain experience with a great deal of clinical material as well as seeing how other departments and regions function. Examiner training is given before you start, and you will observe during the first exam that you attend so that you will feel prepared to examine competently at the next sitting. I think you would find that being an examiner is a very worthwhile experience.

If you would like to apply, please check the webpage for the regulations and application form. 

If you have any queries, please e-mail Claire Digance-Fisher, Specialty Manager for Otolaryngology, at


Quentin Gardiner,

Chair, Intercollegiate Specialty Board in Otolaryngology