Format of the Comprehensive Objective Examination in Rheumatology

Comprehensive objective examinations make it possible to obtain a more complete evaluation of the candidate's strengths and weaknesses. The important feature of comprehensive objective examinations is that candidates do not need to pass the written component in order to take the oral component. Success or failure is based on consideration of all components of the examination. The comprehensive objective examinations are considered a "whole" and cannot be fragmented. Candidates who are unsuccessful at this examination must, if within their period of eligibility, repeat all components of the examination.

  1. Written Examination

    The written examination consists of one three-hour paper:

    The principles and practice of rheumatology - a short answer paper combining the clinical and basic sciences aspects of rheumatology.

  2. OSCE Component (Objective Structured Clinical Examination)

    The OSCE format will be approximately 10 stations and it is expected that each station will be of approximately 15 minutes duration. Simulated patients may be used to examine rheumatologic history taking, physical examination skills with a particular emphasis on musculoskeletal examination, interpretation of radiographs or photographs, and discussion of a number of standardized case scenarios. The marks for the oral examination will be the sum of the marks at each individual station.

N.B. For candidates trained in pediatrics, the OSCE Examination Board will include at least one pediatric rheumatologist.