Head & Neck Learning Module


earThis section presents essential clinical knowledge about the structures contained in the head and neck.

The basic learning objectives agreed upon by the Canadian Society of Otolaryngologists & Head and Neck Surgeons are presented below. The most common and important head and neck-related complaints are presented in the Clinical Presentations of Head & Neck pathology section.  Specific conditions relating to these complaints are highlighted in the Conditions of the Head & Neck section.


Basic Sciences

  • Understand the anatomy, physiology, and histology of the salivary glands, thyroid gland, parathyroid glands, and the face & craniofacial skeleton.
  • Develop and understanding of the embryological development and clinical significance of the branchial clefts

Clinical Presentations of Head & Neck Pathology

  • Develop a clinical approach and differential diagnosis for the following complaints:
    • Neck Mass
    • Thyroid Disease
    • Skin Problems

Conditions of the Head & Neck

  • Develop a basic understanding of the following conditions related to the auditory system:
    • Branchial Cleft Cyst / Sinus
    • Cervical Lymphadenitis
    • Dermoid Cyst
    • Facial Trauma
    • Head and Neck Cancer
    • Hyperparathyroidism
    • Sialadenitis
    • Sialolithiasis
    • Skin Cancer
    • Thyroglossal Duct Cyst
    • Thyroid Nodule

Essential Clinical Skills

  • Examination of skin
  • Examination of salivary glands
  • Examination of cervical lymphatics
  • Examination of thyroid gland
  • Examination of cranial nerves

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Learning Modules

HN History Details

Created by Dr. Michael Sklar (University of Toronto) and Dr. Peter Spafford (University of Saskatchewan)

HN Exam Details

Created by Dr. Winsion Chow (Western University), Dr. Kevin Fung and Dr. Terri Paul (Western University)

Upper airway obstruction module (New!)

Created by Dr. Rebecca Zener and Dr. Kevin Fung (Western University)


iLearn ENT Details

iLearn ENT is a computer-based learning tool available as a mobile app or web-based platform created by Dr. Scott Kohlert, Dr. Laurie McLean, Dr. Safeena Kherani, and Dr. Nita Scherer (University of Ottawa)


COOL cases

Learning modules for medical students on the AAOHNS website


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