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Introduction: We aimed to assess the current standard of successful applicants for substantive ENT consultant posts in the UK. Methods: A postal survey of recently appointed substantive ENT consultants in the UK. Results: 12 out of 17 newly appointed consultants returned the survey. At time of appointment they had a mean of 19.4 peer-reviewed publications, 12.5 posters and presentations and 5.08 published audits. All had undertaken Fellowships. 58% had undertaken a Higher Degree. 66% had a formal teaching qualification or had attended a 'Training the Trainers' course. Subjectively, respondents felt a Fellowship was the most important factor in securing their appointment. Conclusions: Substantive ENT consultant posts in the UK are competitive and this paper will hopefully act as a guide for current ENT surgical trainees to aim for. Copyright © 2012 Rila Publications Ltd.


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