Format of the Examination
Section 1 – Online MCQ Examination. Multiple Choice Questions in the format of Single Correct Answer [SCA]. This paper is carefully prepared to cover the curriculum content. A process of standard setting will be performed by experienced specialists and this will set the pass mark for the paper. Applicants need to be successful in Section 1 in order to gain eligibility to proceed to Section 2.

- The written paper consists of 100 MCQ questions with the format of Single Correct Answer [SCA] to be done in 3 hours
Eg.: Which of the following assertions on Perthe´s disease is not correct:
a. It usually presents with a painful limp
b. It may present with pain in the knee
c. It frequently presents with limitation of all hip movements, especially internal rotation and abduction
d. It is associated with an intermittent pyrexia in the early stages
e. It may occasionally be an incidental finding on radiographs taken for an unrelated problem

Correct answer : d

In the treatment of osteoarthritis of the knee:
a. physiotherapy has no value even in mild cases
b. a high osteotomy is indicated when it affects mainly the medial compartment providing deformity is not severe
c. knee arthrodesis is the treatment if choice in bilateral cases
d. total knee replacement is the treatment of choice in the under 40 year age group
e. a high tibial osteotomy will increase the range of movements in a stiff knee joint

Correct answer : b

Section 2 - The oral examination consists of five sessions of 30 minutes each. Each oral session will be based on the following subjects (candidates will rotate through the five stations):

i) Adult orthopaedic and trauma surgery – upper limb
ii) Adult orthopaedic and trauma surgery – lower limb
iii) Adult orthopaedic and trauma surgery – spine
iv) Children's orthopaedic and trauma surgery
v) Basic sciences related to orthopaedics, including biomechanics, statistics, audit methodology and outcome-based medicine

Candidates who fail the oral examination may retake this section the following year without having to retake the written section. If the candidate does not retake the oral examination in the following year or fails a second time, then both sections, written and oral, must be taken again. Also, if a candidate does not take the oral examination within one year after the written part – no matter what the reasons might be – section I of the exam has to be taken again in order to proceed.

This rule is applicable to all candidates equally.

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