DEVELOPING WORLD PERSPECTIVES IN OTOLARYNGOLOGY: Edited by Johannes J. FaganPioneering virtual otolaryngology specialist examinations in South Africa in the COVID-19 and post-COVID-19 eraSeedat, Riaz Y. Author Information Department of Otorhinolaryngology, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa Correspondence to Riaz Y. Seedat, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Free State, PO Box 339, Bloemfontein 9300, South Africa. Tel: +27 51 4053344; e-mail: [email protected] Current Opinion in Otolaryngology & Head and Neck Surgery: June 2021 - Volume 29 - Issue 3 - p 221-224 doi: 10.1097/MOO.0000000000000711 Buy Metrics Abstract Purpose of review South Africa, and the African continent, have a shortage of ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialists. The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic not only had an adverse impact on specialist training, but also impacted the ability of trainees to undertake the final examinations in order to qualify as ENT specialists. Recent findings The response to the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in the postponement of the final examination of the Fellowship of the College of Otorhinolaryngologists of South Africa (FCORL (SA)). A virtual clinical examination was held via videoconferencing to assess clinical judgement, insight, reasoning and decision making. Summary The virtual clinical assessment allowed trainees to undertake the final examination despite the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring that they could be added to the limited number of specialists in South Africa and the African continent. Copyright © 2021 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.