Those of us already safely ensconced in ENT should thank our lucky stars we didn’t have to go through this lottery to get in.
On to less depressing news. This edition of The Otolaryngologist has an otological feel. Two reviews are on subjects to complement standard otological information usually given in textbooks rather than repeat them. A review on the growth rate of vestibular schwannomas examines the literature and attempts to pick apart the variables which often bedevil accurate reporting. The second otological review gives a comprehensive account of superior semicircular canal dehiscence – again a subject often omitted from routine textbooks. Away from otology an excellent overview of the principles and practice of immunotherapy is given by Daniel et al.
In the trainees section Sarju Vasani describes how MTAS looks from the other side. Study leave for trainees around the country is compared and the old fashioned concept of 'a level playing field' is proposed. There is also a 'crammer' on nerves in the head and neck that matter most. We welcome the submission of trainees opinions in this forum as evidenced by some of the articles in this journal and I encourage AOT members to make their views known.
Overall the aim is still to educate and inform. If you have strong feelings on anything you read or merely wish to express an opinion on medical politics as they unfold, get in touch via the email address