The Examination Committee is a subcommittee that reports to the Assessment Committee. The Examination Committee oversees the specialty-specific examination committees and advises on all matters relevant to Royal College specialty examinations, including timing, content, and evaluation of exams.
The major responsibilities of the Examination Committee are to:
The Examination Committee has nineteen (19) voting members, including the chair. The composition of the committee includes:
The Examination Committee also includes the following one (1) non-voting member who may attend meetings as an observer but shall not be counted for the purposes of establishing quorum:
It is essential that committee members possess knowledge of examinations, assessment practice, and principles of evaluation. Experience serving on a Royal College examination board or as a residency program director is beneficial.
The usual term of office of the chair is two years, renewable once (maximum of four years). The term of the vice-chair is one year, renewable three times (maximum of four years). The usual term of office for members is two years, renewable twice (maximum of six years). The terms of office take effect as stipulated so long as the member’s total years of service on the committee do not extend beyond 10 years.
All terms shall begin and end at the time of the Annual Meeting of the Members when vacancies need to be filled.
The Examination Committee usually meets twice per year face-to-face, and additionally via teleconference, or web-based meetings, as needed. Business may be conducted electronically at the discretion of the committee coordinator.
Quorum consists of a majority of the voting members of the committee (i.e., 50% plus one). The chair is counted as a voting member in constituting quorum. However as the presiding official of the committee, the chair does not move motions. Furthermore, the chair shall only vote when the vote is conducted by secret ballot. Every question shall be decided by a majority of the votes cast. In the event of a tie vote, the question shall be defeated. When a committee is called to make a decision outside of a meeting by e-ballot, the same rules apply.
Appointment to a Royal College committee carries significant responsibilities, and all committee members are expected to adhere to the Volunteer Code of Conduct. In addition, committee members are required to maintain absolute discretion and not divulge, re-produce, or release any confidential information except when authorized by the Royal College. Committee members are permitted to download a copy of committee materials for use solely for the purposes of the Committee. All downloaded materials must be deleted once used for the intended purpose.
Last approved by the Committee on Specialty Education on May 3, 2018