Training and development (AVM)

This page provides useful information on the training and development for this specialty and also has tips for people at all stages of their training including medical school.

Although the training is competence-based, it usually takes a minimum of seven years to CCT (Certificate of Completion of Training). There are opportunities for flexible training. Selection to AVM takes place before entry to ST3.

Trainees follow one of five pathways:

The specialty accepts applicants from GP, paediatric and surgical training routes.

Trainees must complete MRCP or MRCPCH or MRCS (ENT) plus full DOHNS (Diploma of Otolarngology Head and Neck Surgery) as appropriate as part of their core training.

The ST3 specialty curriculum makes allowance for the fact that trainees may not have had any specific training or exposure to AVM on entry at ST3.

The approved postgraduate training programme for ST3-7 is available from the JRCPTB.

Detailed entry requirements and all essential and desirable criteria are listed in the person specification 2017 for AVM ST3.

All 2017 person specifications can be found on the NHS specialty training website. Please note that these documents are updated every year in the autumn before the recruitment round opens.

Where trainees have prior experience in the related specialties it may be possible to reduce the length of time in higher specialty training from five years to four.

Successful completion of specialty training (ST3-7) will enable you to gain a Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) and to be registered on the Specialist Register in audiovestibular medicine.

This information is correct at the time of writing. Full and accurate details of training pathways are available from medical royal colleges, local education and training boards (LETBs) or the GMC.

Getting in tips

These tips will give you some ideas to add to your CV. Whether you're a medical student, foundation trainee or doing your core specialty training, there's information below to help you.

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