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Examination Content

Anaesthesiology


The AN Examination (MCQ) is designed to evaluate the extent of the candidate's knowledge and clinical judgement in the areas in which an anaesthesiologist should demonstrate a high level of competence. Expertise in the broad domain of anaesthesiology and the ability to provide medical management and consultation during the perioperative period, in pain medicine, and in critical care medicine will be assessed.

The examination content is consistent with a pre-established blueprint developed and used by the American Board of Anesthesiology. ABMS-S, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, Singapore, modified the blueprint to ensure that the content and relative percentages reflect the practice of anaesthesiology in Singapore. The blueprint will be reviewed and revised annually to ensure that it is current.

The majority of questions are based on patient presentations occurring in settings that reflect current medical practice. Questions requiring simple recall of medical facts are in the minority; the majority of questions require integration of information from several sources, prioritisation of alternatives, and/or utilisation of clinical judgement in reaching a correct conclusion. Some questions require interpretation of pictorial material, such as ultrasound scans, magnetic resonance imaging scans, electrocardiograms, radiographs, computed tomograms, and graphs.

The content areas covered and their relative proportions on the examination are as follows:

Table 1 : Examination Content for Anaesthesiology MCQ Examination

Medical Content Category

Relative Percentage

Anatomy

5.0

Physics, Monitoring, and Anaesthesia Delivery Devices

5.0

Statistics

1.0

Pharmacology

6.0

Physiology

6.0

Biochemistry

2.0

Generic Clinical Sciences (includes Anaesthesia Procedures, Methods, and Techniques)

10.0

Respiratory System

6.0

Cardiovascular System

7.0

Central and Peripheral Nervous Systems

5.0

Gastrointestinal and Hepatic Systems

3.0

Renal and Urinary Systems/Electrolyte Balance

4.0

Endocrine and Metabolic Systems

4.0

Haematologic System

2.0

Neuromuscular Diseases and Disorders

3.0

Painful Disease States

5.0

Paediatric Anaesthesia

7.0

Obstetric Anaesthesia

5.0

Anaesthesia for Other Subspecialties (Otolaryngology, Plastic Surgery/Liposuction, Laparoscopic Surgery, Ophthalmology, Orthopaedic Surgery, Trauma/Burn Management/Mass Casualty/Biologic Warfare, Ambulatory Surgery, and Geriatrics/Ageing)

4.0

Critical Care

7.0

Special Problems or Issues in Anaesthesiology

3.0

Total

100%

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Last updated: 17 Jun 2019 13:24