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Otolaryngology Surgical Specialty Group Seeks New Members

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08 Jun 2012


The College's Surgical Specialty Group in Otolaryngology Surgery (SSG in ENT) is recruiting new members, to take office in November 2012.

If you are a pro-active, clinically and politically aware RCSEd ENT Fellow then this is an excellent opportunity to serve your College and your specialty.

Ideally, you should be able to commit to two meetings each year, be a good team worker and have a clear vision of where you think RCSEd and ENT should be going in the next few years.

Members are appointed to serve three-year terms which, in some circumstances, may be extended for a further 12-month period. This tenure ensures a rate of change which allows operational stability without stagnation.

The RCSEd's SSGs provide specialty-specific conduits for advice and information between Fellows, College Council and the various specialty organisations. The SSGs for each of the specialties (Cardiothoracic, General Surgery, OMFS, ENT, Plastics, Neurosurgery, Orthopaedics, Paediatrics, Urology, Ophthalmology) all have similar remits but have exhibited varying methods and patterns of working.

Chair of the Group, Gerry McGarry said: "As the Otolaryngology SSG covers a very wide range of different issues, it is important that its members are active within the specialty as a whole and, ideally, the group is able to draw on expertise across all specialty and College specific issues. For example, the current SSG includes RSM presidents, vice presidents and secretaries, ENT UK Council members, DOHNS examiners, Intercollegiate Exam Board members and ENT Scotland Presidents and council members among its 'house-hold ENT names'!
"The remit covers education, training, recruitment, mentoring, quality assurance, clinical governance, audit, fellowship nominations and 'horizon scanning' for new developments or issues which might impact Fellows."

The Chair represents the College and its Fellows on the Council of ENT UK. This representation of the College on ENT UK is especially important as RCSEd Fellows constitute a major proportion of ENT surgeons in the UK.
The SSG has been particularly active in generating and supporting post-graduate academic events and courses. This role is a shared responsibility but within the SSG the "associate convener of education for ENT" leads on course development.  The SSG meets a minimum of twice per annum with tele-conferencing used for one of the meetings.

For application details, contact:
Alice Brown, SSG Secretariat
0131 527 1642

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