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Mentoring and revalidation. These are two issues, which are likely to be pushed to the front of your conscious thought over the next two years on an increasingly regular basis. There is a presumption that surgeons are either no longer as proficient as they used to be, or, that they never were that proficient in the first place - but no-one thought to monitor them. As training in surgery enters a phase of compacted education with less emphasis on experience gained, it is right to put in safeguards to protect standards of patient care, but is this an admission that the fully trained surgeon is a less capable beast? Whatever the philosophical debate, the fact is that ENT Consultants in the future are likely to find their practice under scrutiny

Several questions spring up. Who should mentor, and at what stage should a mentee become a mentor? Should a mentor have to do more than simply pass a revalidation test? Is there a personality profile best suited to mentoring and if so, should other types be excluded? What exactly is a mentor expected to do and when (how) do you pass judgment not on the failing mentee, but on his/her mentor? Revalidation is also a complex issue. The understanding that passing an exam makes a surgeon fit to practice independently is well known to be an inaccurate truism. There are many factors when judging a surgeon. A common fear with revalidation is that it will simply be a politically convenient tool to reassure the public that surgeons have their house in order. The reality is that a tick box exercise could do more harm than it prevents.

This issue of the Otorhinolaryngologist steers away from controversy as best it can and tries to concentrate on the facts. There is an appraisal of voice recognition software from a personal viewpoint which may prove useful to those of us debating when to switch from the more traditional typist. From a trainees perspective, there are two articles, which look at training in different countries. Ana Stakic reports on the rigours of becoming an ENT Surgeon in Croatia whilst closer to home Sandeep Shetty gives his thoughts on early ST experiences. In addition there are, as usual, a number of in depth reviews which will hopefully serve to entertain and educate.

Anil Banerjee
Editor in Chief

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  • Authors: Anil Banerjee
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