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All candidates taking the IM Examination (MCQ) must be registered with the Singapore Medical Council (SMC) and hold a valid practising certificate issued by the SMC.

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Accredited Training

All candidates must have good standing in an ACGME-I accredited graduate medical education programme or an approved alternative[1]. Candidates must have also completed the stipulated number of years of training for the specialty. [see "Specialists Accreditation Board (SAB)"]

  • For appeals on exam eligibility, please refer to the section on Appeals.

The full-time residency training must fulfill all accredited training requirements set forth by ACGME-I and those specified under Singapore’s Country Addendum.

Residents are expected to be competent in the six (6) ACGME-I General Competencies:

  • Patient care and procedural skills,
  • Medical knowledge,
  • Practice-based learning and improvement,
  • Interpersonal and communication skills,
  • Professionalism and
  • Systems-based practice.

Verification of the fulfilment of these requirements will be provided by the Programme Directors.

[1] Exceptions
A period of exception is allowed to grandfather (i) Basic Specialist Training (BST) trainees who are in a formal training programme and (ii) doctors who were accepted into the IM or IM-related specialty residency programmes via JCST approved routes (prefellowship and Circular 103-12) to be admitted to the IM Examination. This period will be for 3 years from 2013 – 2015. Eligible trainees will be notified by the JCST prior to the IM Examination registration date.

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Submission of Procedure and Case Logs

All candidates, if required, must have submitted their training, surgical and/or procedural logs to their Programme Directors or Training Supervisors for assessment. Verification of the fulfilment of the requirements in terms of cases seen and procedures done will be carried out by the Programme Directors.

IM candidates are not required to submit their logbooks.

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Attestation of Good Standing and Clinical Performance

The Programme Director will assess competence and performance in the six (6) ACGME-I General Competencies. As part of evaluations, attestation of a candidate's good standing and clinical performance by the relevant Programme Director is required. For BST trainees, attestation of good standing and clinical performance will be provided by the Residency Advisory Committee (RAC).

The responsibility for the evaluation of a candidate’s clinical competence and moral and ethical behaviour rests with the Programme Director or the RAC, and not with MOH. MOH is not in a position to re-examine the facts and circumstances of an individual's performance. As required by ACGME-I in its Institutional Requirements, Section (II)(D)(4)(e), the Sponsoring Institution must provide appropriate due process for its decisions regarding a trainee's performance. Details can be obtained from the ACGME-I's website.

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Change in Eligibility Status

If a candidate's eligibility for the examination changes between the date of submission of application and the scheduled examination date, the candidate must notify MOH promptly. Failure to notify, the candidate may no longer be eligible to take the examination and may result in a determination of irregular behaviour. [see "Irregular Behaviour on Examination"]

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