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Chapter 1: Surgical Foundations Training

Otolaryngology residents join the other surgical residents at McMaster University for a series of formal lectures during protected teaching time on Wednesday mornings.

Principles of Surgery examination

Surgical Foundations sessions are designed to cover the material expected to appear on the Surgical Foundations examination given in early April of the econd year by the Royal College to all surgical residents. In addition, the sessions focus on the seven CanMEDS competencies

  • The Surgical Foundations examination is offered annually at all centres where Royal College examinations are written.
  • This examination, developed by an inter-specialty test committee, allows the other components of the examination process to be made more specific to the specialty concerned, and since it may be written after two years of surgical training, and since "feedback" will be provided, candidates will be helped in assessing their in-training progress.
  • The examination consist of two three-hour multiple choice papers with a total of approximately 300 questions covering the categories listed in the outline of contents for the POS examination. See Objectives of training

The POS examination is part of the examinations process leading to certification in Otolaryngology.

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