Audiovestibular Medicine (AVM) is an emerging speciality, which deals with the diagnosis and management of disorders of hearing and balance combining aspects of neurology, paediatrics and otolaryngology. Training is provided across a mixture of paediatric and adult practice and is almost entirely outpatient based, with exposure to a wide range of allied specialities to gain sufficient knowledge and broad skill base.
The Pan-London training programme in audiovestibular medicine is the longest running programme and has links with many national and internationally renowned centres of excellence including Great Ormond Street, The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery and The Royal National Throat Nose and Ear Hospital.
We actively encourage our trainees to take part in a wide range of activities including high quality audit and research, with real potential to have impact on national policy and guideline development. We have regular regional training days for our registrars, which are well attended and tailored to their professional development. We take pride in having one of the best track records for trainee satisfaction amongst London based specialities, particularly for aspects of work-life balance and support for those who wish to train part time.
Training Programme Management Commitee (TPMC) Chair
Dr Rudrapathy Palaniappan
Audiovestibular Medicine TPMC Chair/TPD
T 020 3456 5259 (secretary)
Training Programme Director (TPD)
Dr Rudrapathy Palaniappan – Rudrapathy.Palaniappan@uclh.nhs.uk
Dr Arun Pajaniappane
Dr Chrysa Spyridakou
Training at UCLPartners (A trainee representatives perspective)
“One of the things that struck me about the pan-London rotation is that it covers what appears to be an alarmingly large area at first glance. Most locations, however, have the benefit of being within easy reach of main commuter routes, which makes this less of an issue in practical terms. The consultant workforce is by and large passionate and engaging about their work, which makes for an excellent training environment. Because of the hyper specialised nature of the work, supervision is very close initially and generally allows one to feel well supported.”
UCLPartners Training Programmes Manager (TPM)
T 020 3108 2323
Health Education South London (HESL) Operations Officer
T 020 7127 6282
For rotations, ARCPs, OOP.
Rotations & Local Education Providers (LEPs)
NELTF NHS Foundation Trust (St George’s Hospital Hornchurch, Essex)
Regional teaching information
Once a month – regional training days programme to follow.
There are eight regional study days per year which are usually held in London. Trainees in the North West of England can access these study days either by videoconferencing or travelling personally to London.
Academic training opportunities
Trainees are encouraged to do MD or PhD where possible, although there is no defined academic training pathway at present. However, the situation might change in the future.
Specialty specific research and special interest opportunities
Plenty of research opportunities are available at the Royal National Throat Nose and Ear Hospital, The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery and Great Ormond Street Hospital. Trainees are encouraged to undertake research in all the training sites. The academic AVM unit at the Ear Institute supports research during the MSc course and after.
Specialty specific external courses
MSc in Audiovestibular Medicine
Out of Programme information
Other specialty specific information
British Association of Audiovestibular Physicians (BAAP) Conference and Meetings:
Trainees are expected to attend the following events organised by BAAP do presentations.
- Annual conference – a two day conference held in March. It includes talks by eminent speakers on the first day. On the second day, there are specialty trainee presentations followed by consultant presentations
- Hallpike symposium- held once a year
- BAAP audit meeting – held once a year with audit presentations by specialty trainees and consultants