Studying at the Department of Otorhinolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery

The purpose of the ENT-HNS training is to provide each student with the necessary skills for the most common examination methods used within ENT-HNS as well as the ability to diagnose the most important and common diseases in the field. 

The Department’s teaching is very practical in nature, and in addition to the theoretical education, many students will be provided with the opportunity to perform small interventions during their training.

ENT-HNS training includes several weeks of theoretical education and four weeks of practical training for each student. After the theoretical and practical training, each student is required to complete a written final exam. The basics of phoniatrics, dentistry and oral medicine are reviewed during the training, and the course also includes seminars that are arranged in collaboration with the General Practice unit.

A more detailed description of the training can be found in the University’s study guide (in Finnish).

Erasmus exchange students

The Department’s ENT-HNS training includes four slots for Erasmus exchange students. The practical part of the training is arranged in English, but the lectures are in Finnish. For more information on the programmes available to exchange students, please see the University’s study guide.

Residency training 

The Department of ENT-HNS at Turku University Hospital includes seven slots for residency training. The majority of the five-year residency consists of practical service in hospitals, with a minimum of two and a half years at a University department. Each resident is required to keep a log book that is used to monitor their progress during the training, and a personal tutor is assigned to each resident at the beginning of their training period. In Finland, a compulsory written final exam is arranged at the national level three times per year.

Doctoral training

During and after the residency training, residents are actively encouraged to carry out scientific work. The University coordinates scientific theoretical education in methodology, epidemiology, statistics, and the theoretical background of science and ethics. One to two personal tutors are appointed by the Faculty of Medicine to guide each doctoral candidate.

Learn more about doctoral training in the Faculty of Medicine.