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AMC Exams

1. Successful completion of which exams are required to practice medicine in Australia?
To practise medicine in Australia, the Australian Medical Council (AMC) has established the following two exams:
  • AMC MCQ Exam: http://www.amc.org.au/assessment/mcq-exam
  • AMC Clinical Exam: http://www.amc.org.au/assessment/clinical-exam
  • 2. What does the AMC MCQ Exam consist of?
    The AMC (Australian Medical Council) MCQ (Multiple Choice Question) Examination is a computer-administered examination that consists of:

    The AMC Computer Adaptive Test MCQ Examination is a computer-administered fully integrated multi-choice question examination delivered in one 3.5 hour session in examination centres worldwide.

    The examination consists of 150 A-type MCQs (one correct response from five options)—120 scored items and 30 (non-scored) pilot items. You are expected to complete all 150 items and must complete the 120 scored items.

    The subjects tested are:
    Adult Health (Medicine)
    Adult Health (Surgery)
    Women's Health (OBGYN)
    Child Health (Pediatrics)
    Mental Health (Psychiatry)
    Population Health (Preventive Medicine and Community Health - PMCH)
    3. What does the AMC Clinical Exam consist of?
    The AMC Clinical Examination is an integrated multidisciplinary structured clinical assessment consisting of a 16-component multistation assessment. It assesses clinical skills in medicine, surgery, obstetrics, gynaecology, paediatrics and psychiatry. It also assesses ability to communicate with patients, their families and other health workers.

    More Info here: http://www.amc.org.au/assessment/clinical-exam/clinical-format
    4. What are the services offered by CanadaQBank.com?
    CanadaQBank.com offers 3000+ of the very best, classic, simulated MCQs for preparation for the AMC MCQ Exam.

    In addition to this, CanadaQBank.com offers iOS, Android and Windows Applications which allow you to download the practice questions to your mobile phone and tablet and study anywhere.

    CanadaQBank.com also offers OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination) Cases in our QBank for the MCCQE Part 2 which are very similar in content and style to the OSCE cases tested on the AMC Clinical Exam.
    5. Who creates the questions and cases offered by CanadaQBank.com and what is the method for developing them?
    CanadaQBank.com has developed, through an extensive effort, over 3000 multiple- choice questions for the AMC MCQ Exam.

    These questions have been carefully prepared by our team of expert physicians.

    We have followed the guidelines set by the Australian Medical Council and the questions are based on (but not limited to) the topics listed here:

    http://www.amc.org.au/images/publications/amc_exam_spec.pdf
    6. What does the QBank for the AMC MCQ Exam consist of?
    Our QBank for the AMC MCQ Exam is the best source for classic, simulated questions for this exam. This QBank contains over 3000 of the best multiple-choice questions that cover the subjects tested on this exam.

    Questions can be taken in blocks of up to 50, in timed and untimed modes. Each question also has a detailed explanation that outlines why the answer choice is correct.
    7. What subject categories do the questions in the QBanks cover?
    The subjects tested are:

    Adult Health (Medicine)
    Adult Health (Surgery)
    Women's Health (OBGYN)
    Child Health (Pediatrics)
    Mental Health (Psychiatry)
    Population Health (Preventive Medicine and Community Health - PMCH)
    8. Can I see sample questions and cases from the QBanks you offer?
    Yes! Please click on the following links to see a sample demo of each CanadaQBank.com's QBank:

    View the free demo here: http://www.canadaqbank.com/demo.php
    9. What is the best way to prepare for the AMC MCQ Exam and AMC Clinical Exam?
    If you are preparing for AMC MCQ Exam and the AMC Clinical Exam, we recommend a 3-6 month subscription to the corresponding QBank at CanadaQBank.com. We have found, through feedback from medical students and physicians that this works best.

    The key is to do the questions repeatedly, at least twice, but preferably three times. Also read the explanations very carefully. This will help you master the topics. Take a look at your exam analysis to identify which subject areas you are weakest in. Then during your revision period, concentrate on improving your scores in those subjects.
    10. How can I Register for the AMC Exams?
    For information about how to register to take the Australian Medical Council (AMC) exams, please visit

    AMC Website: http://www.amc.org.au

    Exam Dates: http://www.amc.org.au/assessment/mcq-exam/mcq-dates

    Exam Centers Worldwide: http://www.amc.org.au/assessment/mcq-exam/mcq-venues
    12. Is there reciprocity granted in Australia for training and credentials obtained in other countries?
    Yes. Australia recognizes training and credentials obtained in the following countries: United Kingdom, Canada, United States, New Zealand and Ireland.

    Details here:
    Competent Authorities
    Competent Authority Pathway

    MCC Exams

    1. Successful completion of which exams are required to practice medicine in Canada?
    The requirements involved in obtaining a license to practice medicine in Canada include the successful completion of the following three exams:

    National Assessment Collaboration (NAC) Examination
    MCCQE Part 1 (Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Exam Part One)
    MCCQE Part 2 (Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Exam Part Two)
    2. What does the MCCQE Part 1 consist of?
    The MCCQE Part 1 consists of multiple-choice questions and Clinical Decision Making (CDM) cases. This exam tests the medical knowledge of medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, psychiatry, surgery and population health, legal, ethical, and organizational aspects of Canadian medicine.

    The MCCQE Part I is a one-day, computer-based test. You are allowed up to four hours in the morning session to complete 210 Multiple-Choice Questions. You are allowed up to 3.5 hours in the afternoon session for the Clinical Decision-Making component, which consists of 38 cases with short-menu and short-answer write-in questions.
    3. What does the MCCQE Part 2 consist of?
    The MCCQE Part II is an Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) that assesses the candidate’s core abilities to apply medical knowledge, demonstrate clinical skills, develop investigational and therapeutic clinical plans, as well as demonstrate professional behaviours and attitudes at a level expected of a physician in independent practice in Canada. You are assessed on your physical examination and history taking abilities as well as on your clinical and ethical decision making.

    You are presented with problems related to 12 clinical scenarios: eight on day 1 (Saturday) and four on day 2 (Sunday). You are expected to complete 12 stations, even though two stations could be wait or pilot stations that do not contribute to your total score.

    There are two types of stations included in the MCCQE Part II: 14-minute stations and 6-minute paired stations.
    4. What services are offered by CanadaQBank.com?
    CanadaQBank.com offers a comprehensive set of complete QBanks for the following Medical Council of Canada exams:

    MCCQE Part 1 MCQ
    MCCQE Part 1 CDM
    MCCQE Part 2 / NAC

    Each QBank consists of classic, simulated multiple-choice questions and/or cases designed to reflect the content of the MCCQE Part 1 and MCCQE Part 2/NAC. Online subscriptions for a 1, 2, 3, 6, 9 or 12 month period can be purchased to access these questions. Additional extensions can be purchased as well.
    5. Who creates the questions and cases offered by CanadaQBank.com and what is the method for developing them?
    CanadaQBank.com has developed, through an extensive effort, multiple-choice questions and CDM cases for the MCCQE Part 1 and cases for the MCCQE Part 2 and NAC exam. We are confident that they are the very best questions and cases for the MCC exams.

    These questions have been carefully prepared by our team of expert physicians. We have followed the guidelines set by the Medical Council of Canada, listed here:

    http://canadaqbank.com/doc/Multiple-choice-question-guidelines.pdf

    http://canadaqbank.com/doc/CDM-Guidelines.pdf

    The questions are based on (but not limited to) the topics listed in the Medical Council of Canada Exam Objectives here: http://apps.mcc.ca/Objectives_Online

    The 6 subjects covered on these exams are: General Medicine, Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Surgery, Psychiatry, Preventive Medicine and Community Health.
    6. What is the best way to prepare for the Medical Council of Canada exams?
    If you are preparing for the MCCQE Part 1, MCCQE Part 2 or NAC exam, we recommend a 3-6 month subscription to the corresponding QBank at CanadaQBank.com. We have found, through feedback from medical students and physicians, that this works best.

    The key is to do the questions repeatedly, at least twice, but preferably three times. Also read the explanations very carefully. This will help you master the topics. Take a look at your exam analysis to identify which subject areas you are weakest in. Then during your revision period, concentrate on improving your scores in those subjects.

    In addition, we recommended our instructional tutorial videos on our YouTube channel here:
    http://youtube.com/canadaqbank
    7. What does the MCQ QBank for the MCCQE Part 1 consist of?
    Our MCQ QBank for the MCCQE Part 1 is the best source for classic, simulated questions for this exam. This QBank contains Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) that cover the subjects tested on this exam (General Medicine, Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Surgery, Psychiatry, Preventive Medicine and Community Health).

    Each MCQ has 5 answer choices, only one of which is correct. Each MCQ also has a detailed explanation of the answers. The explanation outlines why the answer choices are correct.

    Note: A customer who subscribes to the 'QBank for the MCCQE Part 1' will have access to both the CDM QBank and the MCQ QBank described above.
    8. What does the CDM QBank for the MCCQE Part 1 consist of?
    Our CDM QBank for the MCCQE Part 1 is the best source for classic, simulated cases and questions for this exam. This QBank contains 296 of the best CDM (Clinical Decision Making) cases that cover the subjects tested on this exam (General Medicine, Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Surgery, Psychiatry, Preventive Medicine and Community Health). Each case has 2-4 questions so there are 770 total questions in this QBank.

    Each CDM case has an opening stem/vignette, followed by 2-4 questions. Each question has anywhere from 10-30 answer choices, from which the examinee will select the appropriate answers (on average there are 2-7 correct answers). Each case also has a detailed explanation of the answers. The explanation outlines why the answer choices are correct.

    Note: A customer who subscribes to the 'QBank for the MCCQE Part 1' will have access to both the MCQ QBank and the CDM QBank described above.
    9. What does the QBank for the MCCQE Part 2 consist of?
    Our QBank for the MCCQE Part 2 is the best source for classic, simulated cases for this exam. This QBank contains a total of 152 of the very best cases that cover the topics tested on this exam. This QBank contains 76 Couplet Station cases and 76 Fourteen-Minute Station cases. Each case covers a different topic from the subject areas tested.

    Couplet Stations cases consist of a six minute clinical encounter plus a six minute post-encounter probe (PEP). Six minute clinical encounter cases will list what points you must ask during your history and what you should check during your physical examination. Six minute post-encounter probe cases show the questions and answers for each patient.

    Fourteen-Minute Station cases list the relevant points you must ask during your history and what you should check in your physical examination. These cases also include the brief questions and answers for each patient scenario.
    10. What subject categories do the questions in the QBanks cover?
    The categories covered in the QBanks are the same that the Medical Council of Canada exams cover, and those six categories are:

    General Medicine
    Pediatrics
    Obstetrics and Gynecology (OBGYN)
    Surgery
    Psychiatry
    Preventive Medicine and Community Health (PMCH) 

    Questions on ethics and epidemiology are grouped in the preventive medicine and community health (PMCH) category.
    11. What is the policy on purchasing extra time for an existing subscription?
    An examinee who purchases a subscription and completes it may purchase additional time for a discounted price. If you already have a subscription and need additional time, you may do so by logging in and purchasing it by clicking on ‘purchase.’

    Please note: all your exam data is kept in your account for up to 4 months after your subscription expires. At that time it will be deleted.
    12. Can I see sample questions and cases from the QBanks you offer?
    Yes! Please click on the following links to see a sample demo of each CanadaQBank.com's QBank:

    View the free demo here: http://www.canadaqbank.com/demo.php  


    Demo QBank for the MCCQE Part 2

    View the free Demo Cases for the MCCQE Part 2 to see the details of this QBank:

    Demo Couplet History Taking Station Case
    Demo Couplet Physical Exam Station Case
    Demo Ten-Minute Station Case


    Take a Tour of CanadaQBank.com

    View our New Demo Video about the CanadaQBank.com new User Interface.

    13. Will anything be shipped to me in the mail?
    No. Nothing is shipped by mail. Once you purchase a subscription to a QBank, and your payment is accepted, your access to the QBank will be activated. At that point you will be able to access the QBank immediately with your login and password.
    14. How do I register to take the MCCQE Part 1, MCCQE Part 2 and the NAC Exam?
    That is done entirely through the Medical Council of Canada (MCC). Please visit their website: www.mcc.ca

    CanadaQBank.com does not register candidates for these exams. CanadaQBank.com is not affiliated with the MCC. CanadaQBank.com offers carefully prepared, classic and simulated multiple. choice questions (MCQs) and cases, based on the MCC exam topics and objectives to potential examinees to help them prepare for, and successfully pass, these exams with high scores.

    You are strongly encouraged to read the www.mcc.ca website for detailed and important information about these exams.
    15. Are your QBanks suitable for preparation for the USMLE, AMC (Australian Medical Council) exams and the PLAB in the United Kingdom?
    Yes! Many medical students and physicians in the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom have used CanadaQBank.com to study for their licensing exams.

    Our QBank for the MCCQE Part 1 has long-form multiple-choice questions and cases that are very similar in content and style to the questions and cases tested on the USMLE Step 3.

    In addition, the cases in our QBank for the MCCQE Part 2 are very similar in content and style to the OSCE cases tested on the following exams:

  • Canada: National Assessment Collaboration (NAC) Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE)
  • Ontario CEHPEA CE1
  • Saskatchewan SIPPA OSCE
  • Manitoba CAPE
  • Nova Scotia CAPP
  • United States: USMLE Step 2 CS
  • United Kingdom: PLAB Part 2
  • Australia: AMC Clinical Exam
  • New Zealand: NZREX Clinical examination
  • 16. Can you provide information about the steps / process to becoming a licensed, practicing physician in Canada?
    Yes. Please read this important document: Steps_to_Canada

    It contains informative websites and contact information to help guide you regarding
  • Preparing for the licensing exams
  • Organizations in Canada for International Medical Graduates (IMGs)
  • Specific residency (post-graduate) training programs for IMGs
  • Provincial/Territorial Licensing Authorities
  • Physician Recruitment
  • USMLE

    1. Successful completion of which exams are required to practice medicine in the United States?
    The requirements involved in obtaining a license to practice medicine in the United States include the successful completion of the following four exams:

    Those exams are the

    USMLE Step 1
    USMLE Step 2 CK (Clinical Knowledge)
    USMLE Step 2 CS (Clinical Skills)
    USMLE Step 3

    USMLE is sponsored by the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) and the National Board of Medical Examiners® (NBME®)
    2. What does the USMLE Step 1 consist of?
    Step 1 of the USMLE is a multiple choice test, offered as a computer-based exam. Each examination covers content related to the traditionally defined disciplines of anatomy, behavioral sciences, biochemistry, microbiology, pathology, pharmacology, and physiology, as well as to interdisciplinary areas including genetics, aging, immunology, nutrition, and molecular and cell biology

    Step 1 is a broadly based, integrated examination. Test items commonly require you to perform one or more of the following tasks:
    • interpret graphic and tabular material,
    • identify gross and microscopic pathologic and normal specimens,
    • apply basic science knowledge to clinical problems.
    It is an eight-hour computer-based exam consisting of 322 multiple-choice questions (MCQs) divided into seven blocks each consisting of 46 questions.
    3. What does the USMLE Step 2 consist of?
    Step 2-CK
    USMLE Step 2 CK is assesses clinical knowledge through a multiple-choice examination. It is a 9 hour exam consisting of 8 blocks of 44 questions each, and one hour is given for each block of questions. The subjects included clinical science subjects: Medicine, Surgery, Pediatrics, Psychiatry and Obstetrics & Gynecology.

    Step 2-CS
    USMLE Step 2 CS is assesses clinical skills through simulated patient interactions. The examinees interact with standardized patients portrayed by actors. Each examinee faces 12 Standardized Patients (SPs) and is allocated 15 minutes to complete history taking and clinical examination for each patient, and 10 more minutes to write a patient note to describe findings, initial differential diagnosis list and a list of initial tests.
    4. What does the USMLE Step 3 consist of?
    USMLE Step 3 is the final exam in the USMLE series. Step 3 is 16 hour examination divided over two-days. Each day of testing must be completed within eight hours. The first day of testing includes 336 multiple-choice items divided into 7 blocks, each consisting of 48 items. Examinees must complete each block within sixty minutes. The second day of testing includes 144 multiple- choice items, divided into 4 blocks of 36 items. Examinees are required to complete each block within forty-five minutes. Approximately 3 hours are allowed for these multiple-choice item blocks.

    Also on the second day are twelve Clinical Case Simulations, where the examinees are required to 'manage' patients in real-time case simulations. Examinees enter orders for medications and/or investigations into the simulation software, and the condition of the patient changes. Cases are of 20 or 10 minutes.

    Approximately forty-five minutes to one hour is available for break time on each of the two days of testing.
    5. What are the services offered by CanadaQBank.com?
    CanadaQBank.com offers:

    3000+ of the very best, classic, simulated MCQs for the USMLE Step 1.

    4000+ of the very best, classic, simulated MCQs for the USMLE Step 2 CK.

    40 classic USMLE Step 2 CS cases.

    In addition to this, CanadaQBank.com offers iOS and Android applications which allow you to download the USMLE questions and cases to your mobile phone and tablet and study anywhere.
    6. Who creates the questions and cases offered by CanadaQBank.com and what is the method for developing them?
    CanadaQBank.com has developed, through an extensive effort, over multiple- choice questions for the USMLE Step 1 and the USMLE Step 2 CK.

    These questions have been carefully prepared by our team of expert physicians. We have followed the guidelines set by the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME), listed here: http://www.canadaqbank.com/doc/2003IWGwhole.pdf

    The questions are based on (but not limited to) the topics listed here: http://www.canadaqbank.com/doc/content_step1.pdf
    7. What does the QBank for the USMLE Step 1 consist of?
    Our QBank for the USMLE Step 1 is the best source for classic, simulated questions for this exam. This QBank contains over of the best multiple-choice questions that cover the subjects tested on this exam.

    Questions can be taken in blocks of up to 50, in timed and untimed modes. Each question also has a detailed explanation that outlines why the answer choice is correct.
    8. What does the QBank for the USMLE Step 2 CK consist of?
    Our QBank for the USMLE Step 2 CK is the best source for classic, simulated questions for this exam. This QBank contains over of the best multiple-choice questions that cover the subjects tested on this exam.

    Questions can be taken in blocks of up to 50, in timed and untimed modes. Each question also has a detailed explanation that outlines why the answer choice is correct.
    9. What subject categories do the questions in the QBanks cover?

    USMLE Step 1

  • Anatomy
  • Histology/Molecular
  • Embryology

  • Biochemistry
  • Physiology
  • Psychology
  • Ethics

  • Microbiology/Immunology
  • Neuroscience
  • Genetics
  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics

  • Pharmacology
  • Pathology/Pathophysiology


    USMLE Step 2 CK

  • Medicine
    • Immune System
    • Blood & Lymphoreticular Systems Behavioral Health
    • Nervous System & Special Senses
    • Skin & Subcutaneous Tissue Musculoskeletal System
    • Cardiovascular System
    • Respiratory System
    • Gastrointestinal System
    • Renal & Urinary Systems
    • Endocrine System

  • Pediatrics

  • OBGYN
    • Pregnancy, Childbirth, & the Puerperium Female Reproductive System & Breast Male
    • Reproductive System

  • Surgery

  • Psychiatry

  • Preventive Medicine & Community Health (PMCH)
    • Multisystem Processes & Disorders
    • Biostatistics & Epidemiology/Population Health Interpretation of the Medical Literature

  • 10. Can I see sample questions and cases from the QBanks you offer?
    Yes! Please click on the following links to see a sample demo of each CanadaQBank.com's QBank:

    View the free demo here: http://www.canadaqbank.com/demo.php
    11. What is the best way to prepare for the USMLE?
    If you are preparing for the USMLE Step 1 or the USMLE Step 2 CK, we recommend a 3-6 month subscription to the corresponding QBank at CanadaQBank.com. We have found, through feedback from medical students and physicians that this works best.

    The key is to do the questions repeatedly, at least twice, but preferably three times. Also read the explanations very carefully. This will help you master the topics. Take a look at your exam analysis to identify which subject areas you are weakest in. Then during your revision period, concentrate on improving your scores in those subjects.
    12. How can I Register for the USMLE?
    For information and assistance to register for USMLE please visit

    USMLE Home Page www.usmle.org

    Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates www.ecfmg.org

    Prometric Testing Centres www.prometric.com
    13. What is USMLE Step 2 CK? What content is test on USMLE Step 2 CK?
    USMLE Step 2 CK expects you to demonstrate knowledge with the National Board of Medical Examiners® (NBME) shelf exams. The exam is computer‐based in the format of multiple choice questions.

    Step 2 CK is a one-day examination. It is divided into eight 60-minute blocks, administered in one 9-hour testing session. Test item formats may vary within each block.

    The full content outline can be found here: https://www.usmle.org/pdfs/step-2-ck/Step2CK_Content.pdf
    14. How important is the USMLE Step 2 CK?
    A strong USMLE Step 2 CK score can only help your residency application and may be necessary to be competitive for residency in a particular specialty.
    15. When should I take USMLE Step 2 CK?
    The decision about when to take the USMLE Step 2 CK is one that should be informed by a number of factors including your USMLE Step 1 score, the number of weeks you will require to adequately prepare, your schedule of clinical rotations, and the individual requirements of the residency programs to which you are applying.
    16. How do I schedule USMLE Step 2 CK?
    Visit the USMLE website to apply. You will need to familiarize yourself with eligibility periods for the exam. When applying to take USMLE Step 2 CK, you must select a three-month period, such as August-September-October, during which you can take the exam.

    This three-month period is referred to as your “eligibility period.” You must take the exam during the eligibility period assigned to you. You can take the exam on any day that it is offered during your assigned eligibility period, provided there is space available at the test center that you choose.
    17. How much does the USMLE Step 2 CK cost?
    Please refer ECFMG's Fee Page for more information.
    18. What is the minimum passing score?
    USMLE may change the passing score for this examination at any time so please be sure to consult the website for the most current information.
    19. How long will it take to receive my USMLE Step 2 CK score?
    Scores are generally available in 3-4 weeks; however, delays are possible. Students are recommended to sign up for the ECFMG E-Newsletter called the ECFMG Reporter and to monitor the ECFMG website in order to stay up-to-date on important information related to IMGs such as possible reporting delays.
    20. Who will see my USMLE Step 2 CK score?
    If you take the USMLE Step 2 CK exam before you submit your residency application through ERAS (typically in mid-September), programs will receive a score report for both USMLE Step 1 and USMLE Step 2 CK. If you take the USMLE Step 2 CK exam after you submit your residency application through ERAS, programs will only receive your USMLE Step 1 score report. However, some residency programs require your USMLE Step 2 CK score in order to offer you an interview, and most programs require your USMLE Step 2 CK score before they will rank you for The MATCH.

    Therefore, students who take USMLE Step 2 after submitting their residency application must go into their ERAS account and release that score to programs manually.

    SMLE

    1. What is the SMLE?
    Saudi Medical Licensure Examination (SMLE) is a computer based exam which aims to evaluate the preparedness to perform, practice, and advance to postgraduate training. The examination has over 300 MCQs with a likelihood of containing up to 20 unscored items. The examination is to be finished within a six-hour period with scheduled breaks.
    2. How is the examination conducted?
    SMLE is conducted using computer based testing. The testing period is 6 hours. After finishing the first set of 100 items a 10 minute scheduled break can be taken. After the next 100 items a 20 minute break can be taken by the candidate. Upon leaving the testing area candidates are required to sign-out and when entering again sign-in and go through security check.
    3. Why is SMLE required?
    SMLE measures a physician’s capability to apply knowledge and values in availing patient care. It is a standard examination required to make sure that adequate understanding of the field is held by a general practitioner.
    4. Whom is SMLE for?
    SMLE is for physicians who want to practice in Saudi Arabia or want to get admitted to a postgraduate training program at the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties (SCFHS).
    5. Where can the SMLE be taken and what are the testing windows?
    SMLE can be taken at various places in Saudi Arabia and internationally.

    Please schedule your test at the closest location to you by visiting the link below:
    https://www.prometric.com/en-us/clients/scfhs/Pages/landing.aspx

    From June 2017, the SMLE will be offered in seven testing windows in Saudi Arabia and internationally as per the table below. No testing windows will be available in February.

    First Test WindowJune Fifth Test WindowNovember
    Second Test WindowJuly Sixth Test WindowDecember
    Third Test WindowAugust Seventh Test WindowJanuary
    Fourth Test WindowSeptember/October
    6. What is the format of the SMLE? What subjects are tested on the exam?
    SMLE is an exam using MCQs. The examination shall cover recall questions that will require knowledge on interpretation, analysis, decision making, reasoning and problem solving.

    Several subjects with a few questions each will be included in the SMLE. These subjects are Anesthesia/Critical Care, Community Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, General Surgery, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, ENT, Ophthalmology, Dermatology, Ethics & Research.

    7. How many times can I retake the SMLE?
  • All eligible candidates may take SMLE up to four times in one calendar year starting from the first attempt to obtain a pass score.

  • SCFHS classification and registration rules and regulations apply to candidates who fail the SMLE for two years after graduation date.

  • After obtaining a pass score in the SMLE each candidate is eligible for two further attempts to improve their mark for the purpose of attaining a better opportunity for residency selection.

  • After one calendar year of the second attempt mentioned above each candidate is eligible for one further attempt annually to improve their mark for the purpose of attaining a better score for residency selection.

  • 8. How is the SMLE pass score established?
    The SCFHS brings together a panel of Saudi physicians to define an acceptable level of performance and establish the pass score for the SMLE through a standard setting exercise. The panel then recommends its pass score to the Central Assessment Committee (CAC) for approval.

    In April 2017, the SCFHS conducted a rigorous standard setting exercise with a diverse panel of 14 physicians. Following the standard setting exercise, the panel recommended a pass score of 560 on the reporting scale of 200-800. This pass score was reviewed and approved by the CAC. This will apply as of June 2017. If you took the SMLE prior to June 2017, your final result remains valid as per the approved validity period.

    PLAB

    1. What is the PLAB 1 exam?
    The exam tests your ability to apply your knowledge for the care of patients. It doesn't test how well you can remember and recite facts. Questions relate to current best practice in the UK, and equipment routinely available in UK hospitals. You’ll need to answer the questions in relation to published evidence and not according to your local arrangements.
    2. What does the exam cover?
    The exam covers the common, important or acute conditions (those common in emergency departments) seen by trainees entering the second year of the Foundation Programme (F2), and the management of long-term conditions seen in primary care. It excludes the advanced duties of a general practitioner (GP).
    3. How do you answer the questions?
    PLAB 1 is a written exam made up of 180 multiple choice questions which you must answer within three hours. Each starts with a short scenario followed by a question. You need to choose the right answer out of the five possible answers given.
    4. When can you take the exam outside the UK?
    PLAB 1 is run twice a year at a number of overseas venues. These are hosted for us by the British Council and are listed below along with the contact details.

    Once you have booked online, please only contact the relevant British Council office if you have not received details of the venue two weeks before the exam.

    Contact details for overseas venues for PLAB 1

    Country City Contact Details
    Australia Sydney exam@britishcouncil.org.au
    Bangladesh Dhaka Adnan.chowdhury@bd.britishcouncil.org
    +880 (02) 861 8905
    Canada Toronto CA.Exams@britishcouncil.org
    Egypt Cairo information@britishcouncil.org.eg
    +20 2 3001666
    Ghana Accra infoghana@gh.britishcouncil.org
    +233 (0)30 2610090
    India Bangalore chennai.enquiry@in.britishcouncil.org
    +91 044 42050600
    India Chennai chennai.enquiry@in.britishcouncil.org
    +91 044 42050600
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    5. When will I know my results?
    Your results will be available around six weeks after you take the exam. An email is sent to access your results in the 'My Tests' section of GMC Online.

    Understanding your results

    The skill areas re grouped under three main headings or 'domains'.
    • Applying knowledge and experience to clinical practice
    • Good clinical care: assessment
    • Good clinical care: management

    Each correct answer is worth one mark and the total number of correct answers will be your score.
    6. How is the pass mark set?
    The pass mark for each test using the internationally recognised Angoff method and include one standard error of measurement.

    By doing this, the level at which the pass mark is set is consistent over time. It reflects what is expected of a doctor entering their second year of Foundation Programme training.

    After each test a team of experts reviews the question paper in light of how candidates have performed, to make sure all the questions and answers are fair. Candidates are at all stages of their career and there is no expected pass rate or average score.

    Source: https://www.gmc-uk.org/

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    AMC Exams

    1. Successful completion of which exams are required to practice medicine in Australia?
    To practise medicine in Australia, the Australian Medical Council (AMC) has established the following two exams:
  • AMC MCQ Exam: http://www.amc.org.au/assessment/mcq-exam
  • AMC Clinical Exam: http://www.amc.org.au/assessment/clinical-exam
  • 2. What does the AMC MCQ Exam consist of?
    The AMC (Australian Medical Council) MCQ (Multiple Choice Question) Examination is a computer-administered examination that consists of:

    The AMC Computer Adaptive Test MCQ Examination is a computer-administered fully integrated multi-choice question examination delivered in one 3.5 hour session in examination centres worldwide.

    The examination consists of 150 A-type MCQs (one correct response from five options)—120 scored items and 30 (non-scored) pilot items. You are expected to complete all 150 items and must complete the 120 scored items.

    The subjects tested are:
    Adult Health (Medicine)
    Adult Health (Surgery)
    Women's Health (OBGYN)
    Child Health (Pediatrics)
    Mental Health (Psychiatry)
    Population Health (Preventive Medicine and Community Health - PMCH)
    3. What does the AMC Clinical Exam consist of?
    The AMC Clinical Examination is an integrated multidisciplinary structured clinical assessment consisting of a 16-component multistation assessment. It assesses clinical skills in medicine, surgery, obstetrics, gynaecology, paediatrics and psychiatry. It also assesses ability to communicate with patients, their families and other health workers.

    More Info here: http://www.amc.org.au/assessment/clinical-exam/clinical-format
    4. What are the services offered by CanadaQBank.com?
    CanadaQBank.com offers 3000+ of the very best, classic, simulated MCQs for preparation for the AMC MCQ Exam.

    In addition to this, CanadaQBank.com offers iOS, Android and Windows Applications which allow you to download the practice questions to your mobile phone and tablet and study anywhere.

    CanadaQBank.com also offers OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination) Cases in our QBank for the MCCQE Part 2 which are very similar in content and style to the OSCE cases tested on the AMC Clinical Exam.
    5. Who creates the questions and cases offered by CanadaQBank.com and what is the method for developing them?
    CanadaQBank.com has developed, through an extensive effort, over 3000 multiple- choice questions for the AMC MCQ Exam.

    These questions have been carefully prepared by our team of expert physicians.

    We have followed the guidelines set by the Australian Medical Council and the questions are based on (but not limited to) the topics listed here:

    http://www.amc.org.au/images/publications/amc_exam_spec.pdf
    6. What does the QBank for the AMC MCQ Exam consist of?
    Our QBank for the AMC MCQ Exam is the best source for classic, simulated questions for this exam. This QBank contains over 3000 of the best multiple-choice questions that cover the subjects tested on this exam.

    Questions can be taken in blocks of up to 50, in timed and untimed modes. Each question also has a detailed explanation that outlines why the answer choice is correct.
    7. What subject categories do the questions in the QBanks cover?
    The subjects tested are:

    Adult Health (Medicine)
    Adult Health (Surgery)
    Women's Health (OBGYN)
    Child Health (Pediatrics)
    Mental Health (Psychiatry)
    Population Health (Preventive Medicine and Community Health - PMCH)
    8. Can I see sample questions and cases from the QBanks you offer?
    Yes! Please click on the following links to see a sample demo of each CanadaQBank.com's QBank:

    View the free demo here: http://www.canadaqbank.com/demo.php
    9. What is the best way to prepare for the AMC MCQ Exam and AMC Clinical Exam?
    If you are preparing for AMC MCQ Exam and the AMC Clinical Exam, we recommend a 3-6 month subscription to the corresponding QBank at CanadaQBank.com. We have found, through feedback from medical students and physicians that this works best.

    The key is to do the questions repeatedly, at least twice, but preferably three times. Also read the explanations very carefully. This will help you master the topics. Take a look at your exam analysis to identify which subject areas you are weakest in. Then during your revision period, concentrate on improving your scores in those subjects.
    10. How can I Register for the AMC Exams?
    For information about how to register to take the Australian Medical Council (AMC) exams, please visit

    AMC Website: http://www.amc.org.au

    Exam Dates: http://www.amc.org.au/assessment/mcq-exam/mcq-dates

    Exam Centers Worldwide: http://www.amc.org.au/assessment/mcq-exam/mcq-venues
    12. Is there reciprocity granted in Australia for training and credentials obtained in other countries?
    Yes. Australia recognizes training and credentials obtained in the following countries: United Kingdom, Canada, United States, New Zealand and Ireland.

    Details here:
    Competent Authorities
    Competent Authority Pathway

    MCC Exams

    1. Successful completion of which exams are required to practice medicine in Canada?
    The requirements involved in obtaining a license to practice medicine in Canada include the successful completion of the following three exams:

    National Assessment Collaboration (NAC) Examination
    MCCQE Part 1 (Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Exam Part One)
    MCCQE Part 2 (Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Exam Part Two)
    2. What does the MCCQE Part 1 consist of?
    The MCCQE Part 1 consists of multiple-choice questions and Clinical Decision Making (CDM) cases. This exam tests the medical knowledge of medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, psychiatry, surgery and population health, legal, ethical, and organizational aspects of Canadian medicine.

    The MCCQE Part I is a one-day, computer-based test. You are allowed up to four hours in the morning session to complete 210 Multiple-Choice Questions. You are allowed up to 3.5 hours in the afternoon session for the Clinical Decision-Making component, which consists of 38 cases with short-menu and short-answer write-in questions.
    3. What does the MCCQE Part 2 consist of?
    The MCCQE Part II is an Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) that assesses the candidate’s core abilities to apply medical knowledge, demonstrate clinical skills, develop investigational and therapeutic clinical plans, as well as demonstrate professional behaviours and attitudes at a level expected of a physician in independent practice in Canada. You are assessed on your physical examination and history taking abilities as well as on your clinical and ethical decision making.

    You are presented with problems related to 12 clinical scenarios: eight on day 1 (Saturday) and four on day 2 (Sunday). You are expected to complete 12 stations, even though two stations could be wait or pilot stations that do not contribute to your total score.

    There are two types of stations included in the MCCQE Part II: 14-minute stations and 6-minute paired stations.
    4. What services are offered by CanadaQBank.com?
    CanadaQBank.com offers a comprehensive set of complete QBanks for the following Medical Council of Canada exams:

    MCCQE Part 1 MCQ
    MCCQE Part 1 CDM
    MCCQE Part 2 / NAC

    Each QBank consists of classic, simulated multiple-choice questions and/or cases designed to reflect the content of the MCCQE Part 1 and MCCQE Part 2/NAC. Online subscriptions for a 1, 2, 3, 6, 9 or 12 month period can be purchased to access these questions. Additional extensions can be purchased as well.
    5. Who creates the questions and cases offered by CanadaQBank.com and what is the method for developing them?
    CanadaQBank.com has developed, through an extensive effort, multiple-choice questions and CDM cases for the MCCQE Part 1 and cases for the MCCQE Part 2 and NAC exam. We are confident that they are the very best questions and cases for the MCC exams.

    These questions have been carefully prepared by our team of expert physicians. We have followed the guidelines set by the Medical Council of Canada, listed here:

    http://canadaqbank.com/doc/Multiple-choice-question-guidelines.pdf

    http://canadaqbank.com/doc/CDM-Guidelines.pdf

    The questions are based on (but not limited to) the topics listed in the Medical Council of Canada Exam Objectives here: http://apps.mcc.ca/Objectives_Online

    The 6 subjects covered on these exams are: General Medicine, Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Surgery, Psychiatry, Preventive Medicine and Community Health.
    6. What is the best way to prepare for the Medical Council of Canada exams?
    If you are preparing for the MCCQE Part 1, MCCQE Part 2 or NAC exam, we recommend a 3-6 month subscription to the corresponding QBank at CanadaQBank.com. We have found, through feedback from medical students and physicians, that this works best.

    The key is to do the questions repeatedly, at least twice, but preferably three times. Also read the explanations very carefully. This will help you master the topics. Take a look at your exam analysis to identify which subject areas you are weakest in. Then during your revision period, concentrate on improving your scores in those subjects.

    In addition, we recommended our instructional tutorial videos on our YouTube channel here:
    http://youtube.com/canadaqbank
    7. What does the MCQ QBank for the MCCQE Part 1 consist of?
    Our MCQ QBank for the MCCQE Part 1 is the best source for classic, simulated questions for this exam. This QBank contains Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) that cover the subjects tested on this exam (General Medicine, Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Surgery, Psychiatry, Preventive Medicine and Community Health).

    Each MCQ has 5 answer choices, only one of which is correct. Each MCQ also has a detailed explanation of the answers. The explanation outlines why the answer choices are correct.

    Note: A customer who subscribes to the 'QBank for the MCCQE Part 1' will have access to both the CDM QBank and the MCQ QBank described above.
    8. What does the CDM QBank for the MCCQE Part 1 consist of?
    Our CDM QBank for the MCCQE Part 1 is the best source for classic, simulated cases and questions for this exam. This QBank contains 296 of the best CDM (Clinical Decision Making) cases that cover the subjects tested on this exam (General Medicine, Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Surgery, Psychiatry, Preventive Medicine and Community Health). Each case has 2-4 questions so there are 770 total questions in this QBank.

    Each CDM case has an opening stem/vignette, followed by 2-4 questions. Each question has anywhere from 10-30 answer choices, from which the examinee will select the appropriate answers (on average there are 2-7 correct answers). Each case also has a detailed explanation of the answers. The explanation outlines why the answer choices are correct.

    Note: A customer who subscribes to the 'QBank for the MCCQE Part 1' will have access to both the MCQ QBank and the CDM QBank described above.
    9. What does the QBank for the MCCQE Part 2 consist of?
    Our QBank for the MCCQE Part 2 is the best source for classic, simulated cases for this exam. This QBank contains a total of 152 of the very best cases that cover the topics tested on this exam. This QBank contains 76 Couplet Station cases and 76 Fourteen-Minute Station cases. Each case covers a different topic from the subject areas tested.

    Couplet Stations cases consist of a six minute clinical encounter plus a six minute post-encounter probe (PEP). Six minute clinical encounter cases will list what points you must ask during your history and what you should check during your physical examination. Six minute post-encounter probe cases show the questions and answers for each patient.

    Fourteen-Minute Station cases list the relevant points you must ask during your history and what you should check in your physical examination. These cases also include the brief questions and answers for each patient scenario.
    10. What subject categories do the questions in the QBanks cover?
    The categories covered in the QBanks are the same that the Medical Council of Canada exams cover, and those six categories are:

    General Medicine
    Pediatrics
    Obstetrics and Gynecology (OBGYN)
    Surgery
    Psychiatry
    Preventive Medicine and Community Health (PMCH) 

    Questions on ethics and epidemiology are grouped in the preventive medicine and community health (PMCH) category.
    11. What is the policy on purchasing extra time for an existing subscription?
    An examinee who purchases a subscription and completes it may purchase additional time for a discounted price. If you already have a subscription and need additional time, you may do so by logging in and purchasing it by clicking on ‘purchase.’

    Please note: all your exam data is kept in your account for up to 4 months after your subscription expires. At that time it will be deleted.
    12. Can I see sample questions and cases from the QBanks you offer?
    Yes! Please click on the following links to see a sample demo of each CanadaQBank.com's QBank:

    View the free demo here: http://www.canadaqbank.com/demo.php  


    Demo QBank for the MCCQE Part 2

    View the free Demo Cases for the MCCQE Part 2 to see the details of this QBank:

    Demo Couplet History Taking Station Case
    Demo Couplet Physical Exam Station Case
    Demo Ten-Minute Station Case


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    13. Will anything be shipped to me in the mail?
    No. Nothing is shipped by mail. Once you purchase a subscription to a QBank, and your payment is accepted, your access to the QBank will be activated. At that point you will be able to access the QBank immediately with your login and password.
    14. How do I register to take the MCCQE Part 1, MCCQE Part 2 and the NAC Exam?
    That is done entirely through the Medical Council of Canada (MCC). Please visit their website: www.mcc.ca

    CanadaQBank.com does not register candidates for these exams. CanadaQBank.com is not affiliated with the MCC. CanadaQBank.com offers carefully prepared, classic and simulated multiple. choice questions (MCQs) and cases, based on the MCC exam topics and objectives to potential examinees to help them prepare for, and successfully pass, these exams with high scores.

    You are strongly encouraged to read the www.mcc.ca website for detailed and important information about these exams.
    15. Are your QBanks suitable for preparation for the USMLE, AMC (Australian Medical Council) exams and the PLAB in the United Kingdom?
    Yes! Many medical students and physicians in the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom have used CanadaQBank.com to study for their licensing exams.

    Our QBank for the MCCQE Part 1 has long-form multiple-choice questions and cases that are very similar in content and style to the questions and cases tested on the USMLE Step 3.

    In addition, the cases in our QBank for the MCCQE Part 2 are very similar in content and style to the OSCE cases tested on the following exams:

  • Canada: National Assessment Collaboration (NAC) Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE)
  • Ontario CEHPEA CE1
  • Saskatchewan SIPPA OSCE
  • Manitoba CAPE
  • Nova Scotia CAPP
  • United States: USMLE Step 2 CS
  • United Kingdom: PLAB Part 2
  • Australia: AMC Clinical Exam
  • New Zealand: NZREX Clinical examination
  • 16. Can you provide information about the steps / process to becoming a licensed, practicing physician in Canada?
    Yes. Please read this important document: Steps_to_Canada

    It contains informative websites and contact information to help guide you regarding
  • Preparing for the licensing exams
  • Organizations in Canada for International Medical Graduates (IMGs)
  • Specific residency (post-graduate) training programs for IMGs
  • Provincial/Territorial Licensing Authorities
  • Physician Recruitment
  • USMLE

    1. Successful completion of which exams are required to practice medicine in the United States?
    The requirements involved in obtaining a license to practice medicine in the United States include the successful completion of the following four exams:

    Those exams are the

    USMLE Step 1
    USMLE Step 2 CK (Clinical Knowledge)
    USMLE Step 2 CS (Clinical Skills)
    USMLE Step 3

    USMLE is sponsored by the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) and the National Board of Medical Examiners® (NBME®)
    2. What does the USMLE Step 1 consist of?
    Step 1 of the USMLE is a multiple choice test, offered as a computer-based exam. Each examination covers content related to the traditionally defined disciplines of anatomy, behavioral sciences, biochemistry, microbiology, pathology, pharmacology, and physiology, as well as to interdisciplinary areas including genetics, aging, immunology, nutrition, and molecular and cell biology

    Step 1 is a broadly based, integrated examination. Test items commonly require you to perform one or more of the following tasks:
    • interpret graphic and tabular material,
    • identify gross and microscopic pathologic and normal specimens,
    • apply basic science knowledge to clinical problems.
    It is an eight-hour computer-based exam consisting of 322 multiple-choice questions (MCQs) divided into seven blocks each consisting of 46 questions.
    3. What does the USMLE Step 2 consist of?
    Step 2-CK
    USMLE Step 2 CK is assesses clinical knowledge through a multiple-choice examination. It is a 9 hour exam consisting of 8 blocks of 44 questions each, and one hour is given for each block of questions. The subjects included clinical science subjects: Medicine, Surgery, Pediatrics, Psychiatry and Obstetrics & Gynecology.

    Step 2-CS
    USMLE Step 2 CS is assesses clinical skills through simulated patient interactions. The examinees interact with standardized patients portrayed by actors. Each examinee faces 12 Standardized Patients (SPs) and is allocated 15 minutes to complete history taking and clinical examination for each patient, and 10 more minutes to write a patient note to describe findings, initial differential diagnosis list and a list of initial tests.
    4. What does the USMLE Step 3 consist of?
    USMLE Step 3 is the final exam in the USMLE series. Step 3 is 16 hour examination divided over two-days. Each day of testing must be completed within eight hours. The first day of testing includes 336 multiple-choice items divided into 7 blocks, each consisting of 48 items. Examinees must complete each block within sixty minutes. The second day of testing includes 144 multiple- choice items, divided into 4 blocks of 36 items. Examinees are required to complete each block within forty-five minutes. Approximately 3 hours are allowed for these multiple-choice item blocks.

    Also on the second day are twelve Clinical Case Simulations, where the examinees are required to 'manage' patients in real-time case simulations. Examinees enter orders for medications and/or investigations into the simulation software, and the condition of the patient changes. Cases are of 20 or 10 minutes.

    Approximately forty-five minutes to one hour is available for break time on each of the two days of testing.
    5. What are the services offered by CanadaQBank.com?
    CanadaQBank.com offers:

    3000+ of the very best, classic, simulated MCQs for the USMLE Step 1.

    4000+ of the very best, classic, simulated MCQs for the USMLE Step 2 CK.

    40 classic USMLE Step 2 CS cases.

    In addition to this, CanadaQBank.com offers iOS and Android applications which allow you to download the USMLE questions and cases to your mobile phone and tablet and study anywhere.
    6. Who creates the questions and cases offered by CanadaQBank.com and what is the method for developing them?
    CanadaQBank.com has developed, through an extensive effort, over multiple- choice questions for the USMLE Step 1 and the USMLE Step 2 CK.

    These questions have been carefully prepared by our team of expert physicians. We have followed the guidelines set by the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME), listed here: http://www.canadaqbank.com/doc/2003IWGwhole.pdf

    The questions are based on (but not limited to) the topics listed here: http://www.canadaqbank.com/doc/content_step1.pdf
    7. What does the QBank for the USMLE Step 1 consist of?
    Our QBank for the USMLE Step 1 is the best source for classic, simulated questions for this exam. This QBank contains over of the best multiple-choice questions that cover the subjects tested on this exam.

    Questions can be taken in blocks of up to 50, in timed and untimed modes. Each question also has a detailed explanation that outlines why the answer choice is correct.
    8. What does the QBank for the USMLE Step 2 CK consist of?
    Our QBank for the USMLE Step 2 CK is the best source for classic, simulated questions for this exam. This QBank contains over of the best multiple-choice questions that cover the subjects tested on this exam.

    Questions can be taken in blocks of up to 50, in timed and untimed modes. Each question also has a detailed explanation that outlines why the answer choice is correct.
    9. What subject categories do the questions in the QBanks cover?

    USMLE Step 1

  • Anatomy
  • Histology/Molecular
  • Embryology

  • Biochemistry
  • Physiology
  • Psychology
  • Ethics

  • Microbiology/Immunology
  • Neuroscience
  • Genetics
  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics

  • Pharmacology
  • Pathology/Pathophysiology


    USMLE Step 2 CK

  • Medicine
    • Immune System
    • Blood & Lymphoreticular Systems Behavioral Health
    • Nervous System & Special Senses
    • Skin & Subcutaneous Tissue Musculoskeletal System
    • Cardiovascular System
    • Respiratory System
    • Gastrointestinal System
    • Renal & Urinary Systems
    • Endocrine System

  • Pediatrics

  • OBGYN
    • Pregnancy, Childbirth, & the Puerperium Female Reproductive System & Breast Male
    • Reproductive System

  • Surgery

  • Psychiatry

  • Preventive Medicine & Community Health (PMCH)
    • Multisystem Processes & Disorders
    • Biostatistics & Epidemiology/Population Health Interpretation of the Medical Literature

  • 10. Can I see sample questions and cases from the QBanks you offer?
    Yes! Please click on the following links to see a sample demo of each CanadaQBank.com's QBank:

    View the free demo here: http://www.canadaqbank.com/demo.php
    11. What is the best way to prepare for the USMLE?
    If you are preparing for the USMLE Step 1 or the USMLE Step 2 CK, we recommend a 3-6 month subscription to the corresponding QBank at CanadaQBank.com. We have found, through feedback from medical students and physicians that this works best.

    The key is to do the questions repeatedly, at least twice, but preferably three times. Also read the explanations very carefully. This will help you master the topics. Take a look at your exam analysis to identify which subject areas you are weakest in. Then during your revision period, concentrate on improving your scores in those subjects.
    12. How can I Register for the USMLE?
    For information and assistance to register for USMLE please visit

    USMLE Home Page www.usmle.org

    Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates www.ecfmg.org

    Prometric Testing Centres www.prometric.com
    13. What is USMLE Step 2 CK? What content is test on USMLE Step 2 CK?
    USMLE Step 2 CK expects you to demonstrate knowledge with the National Board of Medical Examiners® (NBME) shelf exams. The exam is computer‐based in the format of multiple choice questions.

    Step 2 CK is a one-day examination. It is divided into eight 60-minute blocks, administered in one 9-hour testing session. Test item formats may vary within each block.

    The full content outline can be found here: https://www.usmle.org/pdfs/step-2-ck/Step2CK_Content.pdf
    14. How important is the USMLE Step 2 CK?
    A strong USMLE Step 2 CK score can only help your residency application and may be necessary to be competitive for residency in a particular specialty.
    15. When should I take USMLE Step 2 CK?
    The decision about when to take the USMLE Step 2 CK is one that should be informed by a number of factors including your USMLE Step 1 score, the number of weeks you will require to adequately prepare, your schedule of clinical rotations, and the individual requirements of the residency programs to which you are applying.
    16. How do I schedule USMLE Step 2 CK?
    Visit the USMLE website to apply. You will need to familiarize yourself with eligibility periods for the exam. When applying to take USMLE Step 2 CK, you must select a three-month period, such as August-September-October, during which you can take the exam.

    This three-month period is referred to as your “eligibility period.” You must take the exam during the eligibility period assigned to you. You can take the exam on any day that it is offered during your assigned eligibility period, provided there is space available at the test center that you choose.
    17. How much does the USMLE Step 2 CK cost?
    Please refer ECFMG's Fee Page for more information.
    18. What is the minimum passing score?
    USMLE may change the passing score for this examination at any time so please be sure to consult the website for the most current information.
    19. How long will it take to receive my USMLE Step 2 CK score?
    Scores are generally available in 3-4 weeks; however, delays are possible. Students are recommended to sign up for the ECFMG E-Newsletter called the ECFMG Reporter and to monitor the ECFMG website in order to stay up-to-date on important information related to IMGs such as possible reporting delays.
    20. Who will see my USMLE Step 2 CK score?
    If you take the USMLE Step 2 CK exam before you submit your residency application through ERAS (typically in mid-September), programs will receive a score report for both USMLE Step 1 and USMLE Step 2 CK. If you take the USMLE Step 2 CK exam after you submit your residency application through ERAS, programs will only receive your USMLE Step 1 score report. However, some residency programs require your USMLE Step 2 CK score in order to offer you an interview, and most programs require your USMLE Step 2 CK score before they will rank you for The MATCH.

    Therefore, students who take USMLE Step 2 after submitting their residency application must go into their ERAS account and release that score to programs manually.

    SMLE

    1. What is the SMLE?
    Saudi Medical Licensure Examination (SMLE) is a computer based exam which aims to evaluate the preparedness to perform, practice, and advance to postgraduate training. The examination has over 300 MCQs with a likelihood of containing up to 20 unscored items. The examination is to be finished within a six-hour period with scheduled breaks.
    2. How is the examination conducted?
    SMLE is conducted using computer based testing. The testing period is 6 hours. After finishing the first set of 100 items a 10 minute scheduled break can be taken. After the next 100 items a 20 minute break can be taken by the candidate. Upon leaving the testing area candidates are required to sign-out and when entering again sign-in and go through security check.
    3. Why is SMLE required?
    SMLE measures a physician’s capability to apply knowledge and values in availing patient care. It is a standard examination required to make sure that adequate understanding of the field is held by a general practitioner.
    4. Whom is SMLE for?
    SMLE is for physicians who want to practice in Saudi Arabia or want to get admitted to a postgraduate training program at the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties (SCFHS).
    5. Where can the SMLE be taken and what are the testing windows?
    SMLE can be taken at various places in Saudi Arabia and internationally.

    Please schedule your test at the closest location to you by visiting the link below:
    https://www.prometric.com/en-us/clients/scfhs/Pages/landing.aspx

    From June 2017, the SMLE will be offered in seven testing windows in Saudi Arabia and internationally as per the table below. No testing windows will be available in February.

    First Test WindowJune Fifth Test WindowNovember
    Second Test WindowJuly Sixth Test WindowDecember
    Third Test WindowAugust Seventh Test WindowJanuary
    Fourth Test WindowSeptember/October
    6. What is the format of the SMLE? What subjects are tested on the exam?
    SMLE is an exam using MCQs. The examination shall cover recall questions that will require knowledge on interpretation, analysis, decision making, reasoning and problem solving.

    Several subjects with a few questions each will be included in the SMLE. These subjects are Anesthesia/Critical Care, Community Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, General Surgery, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, ENT, Ophthalmology, Dermatology, Ethics & Research.

    7. How many times can I retake the SMLE?
  • All eligible candidates may take SMLE up to four times in one calendar year starting from the first attempt to obtain a pass score.

  • SCFHS classification and registration rules and regulations apply to candidates who fail the SMLE for two years after graduation date.

  • After obtaining a pass score in the SMLE each candidate is eligible for two further attempts to improve their mark for the purpose of attaining a better opportunity for residency selection.

  • After one calendar year of the second attempt mentioned above each candidate is eligible for one further attempt annually to improve their mark for the purpose of attaining a better score for residency selection.

  • 8. How is the SMLE pass score established?
    The SCFHS brings together a panel of Saudi physicians to define an acceptable level of performance and establish the pass score for the SMLE through a standard setting exercise. The panel then recommends its pass score to the Central Assessment Committee (CAC) for approval.

    In April 2017, the SCFHS conducted a rigorous standard setting exercise with a diverse panel of 14 physicians. Following the standard setting exercise, the panel recommended a pass score of 560 on the reporting scale of 200-800. This pass score was reviewed and approved by the CAC. This will apply as of June 2017. If you took the SMLE prior to June 2017, your final result remains valid as per the approved validity period.

    PLAB

    1. What is the PLAB 1 exam?
    The exam tests your ability to apply your knowledge for the care of patients. It doesn't test how well you can remember and recite facts. Questions relate to current best practice in the UK, and equipment routinely available in UK hospitals. You’ll need to answer the questions in relation to published evidence and not according to your local arrangements.
    2. What does the exam cover?
    The exam covers the common, important or acute conditions (those common in emergency departments) seen by trainees entering the second year of the Foundation Programme (F2), and the management of long-term conditions seen in primary care. It excludes the advanced duties of a general practitioner (GP).
    3. How do you answer the questions?
    PLAB 1 is a written exam made up of 180 multiple choice questions which you must answer within three hours. Each starts with a short scenario followed by a question. You need to choose the right answer out of the five possible answers given.
    4. When can you take the exam outside the UK?
    PLAB 1 is run twice a year at a number of overseas venues. These are hosted for us by the British Council and are listed below along with the contact details.

    Once you have booked online, please only contact the relevant British Council office if you have not received details of the venue two weeks before the exam.

    Contact details for overseas venues for PLAB 1

    Country City Contact Details
    Australia Sydney exam@britishcouncil.org.au
    Bangladesh Dhaka Adnan.chowdhury@bd.britishcouncil.org
    +880 (02) 861 8905
    Canada Toronto CA.Exams@britishcouncil.org
    Egypt Cairo information@britishcouncil.org.eg
    +20 2 3001666
    Ghana Accra infoghana@gh.britishcouncil.org
    +233 (0)30 2610090
    India Bangalore chennai.enquiry@in.britishcouncil.org
    +91 044 42050600
    India Chennai chennai.enquiry@in.britishcouncil.org
    +91 044 42050600
    India Hyderabad chennai.enquiry@in.britishcouncil.org
    +91 044 42050600
    India Kolkata Kolkata.Customercare@in.britishcouncil.org
    +91 33 282 5370
    India Mumbai mumbai.exams@in.britishcouncil.org
    +91 22 6748 6748
    India New Delhi delhi.enquiry@in.britishcouncil.org
    +91 11 4219 9000
    Nigeria Lagos info.nigeria@ng.britishcouncil.org
    +234 1 2692188 / 2692189 / 2692190 / 2692191 / 2692192
    Pakistan Islamabad info@britishcouncil.org.pk
    +92 51 111 424 424
    Pakistan Karachi info@britishcouncil.org.pk
    +92 51 111 424 424
    Saudi Arabia Riyadh KSAinfo@sa.britishcouncil.org
    +96 612 657 6200
    South Africa Johannesburg ssa.enquiries@britishcouncil.org
    +27 11 560 9300
    Sri Lanka Colombo exams.cmb@britishcouncil.org
    +94 4521 500
    Sudan Khartoum info@sd.britishcouncil.org
    +249 (1) 87028000
    UAE Dubai nebyu.yohannes@ae.britishcouncil.org
    5. When will I know my results?
    Your results will be available around six weeks after you take the exam. An email is sent to access your results in the 'My Tests' section of GMC Online.

    Understanding your results

    The skill areas re grouped under three main headings or 'domains'.
    • Applying knowledge and experience to clinical practice
    • Good clinical care: assessment
    • Good clinical care: management

    Each correct answer is worth one mark and the total number of correct answers will be your score.
    6. How is the pass mark set?
    The pass mark for each test using the internationally recognised Angoff method and include one standard error of measurement.

    By doing this, the level at which the pass mark is set is consistent over time. It reflects what is expected of a doctor entering their second year of Foundation Programme training.

    After each test a team of experts reviews the question paper in light of how candidates have performed, to make sure all the questions and answers are fair. Candidates are at all stages of their career and there is no expected pass rate or average score.

    Source: https://www.gmc-uk.org/

    RCSFE

    1. What is Surgical Foundations?
    Surgical Foundations is that initial period of postgraduate training required to acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes underlying the basics to the practice of surgery in general and preparatory to further training in a surgical specialty or sub-specialty. For the purpose of clarity, the junior surgical resident refers to any surgical resident in postgraduate year (PGY) 1 and PGY 2. These objectives refer to exit competencies for which a junior surgical resident must be evaluated by the end of PGY 2.

    Surgical Foundations encompasses the core foundational surgical competencies that are requires for the following surgical specialties:

  • Cardiac Surgery
  • General Surgery
  • Neurosurgery
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Vascular Surgery
  • Obstetrics & Gynecology (July 2016)
  • 2. My international postgraduate medical education system is not listed. Will the Royal College assess it?
    The Royal College no longer evaluates international postgraduate medical education systems for candidates seeking Royal College certification. Training completed in one of the international education systems not listed will not be assessed by the Royal College for consideration of credit toward exam eligibility.
    3. I have a fellowship/membership in one of the international postgraduate medical education systems listed on the website. Does this make me eligible for Royal College exams?
    The Royal College has no reciprocal arrangements for recognizing exams or qualifications of any other college or board in any specialty or subspecialty. Applicants with certification from any other specialty or subspecialty exams, college or board are not exempt from any of the requirements of the Royal College.
    4. Do I have to pass one of the screening exams to have my qualifications recognized by the Royal College?
    Applicants with qualifications from medical schools other than those accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools or the Liaison Committee on Medical Education must have passed one of these exams:

  • Medical Council of Canada Qualifying exams, part I for Royal College examination eligibility and part II for Royal College Certification
  • United States medical licensing exams, parts 1, 2 and 3
  • 5. What subjects are covered in the RCSFE QBank?
    Subjects Covered in the RCSFE QBank are:

  • Trauma and Critical Care
  • Applied Medicine
  • Anesthesia
  • Immunology and transplant
  • Pre and post operative care
  • Cardiac/Thoracic Surgery
  • General Surgery
  • Neurosurgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • ENT surgery
  • Urology
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Vascular Surgery
  • Oncology
  • 6. Where can I find more information regarding my eligibility?
    You may contact the Royal College help centre with questions about exams and your eligibility. You may call 1 800 267-2320 or email at credentials@royalcollege.ca

    You may read more about your eligibility at the Royal college website:

    http://www.royalcollege.ca/rcsite/credentials-exams/exam-eligibility-e

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