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The Otorhinolaryngology MCQ Examination (OT Examination (MCQ)) is a postgraduate examination for exit certification. Completing the OT Examination is one of the requirements for exit certification and for specialist registration as determined by the Specialists Accreditation Board (SAB). The examination is jointly developed by the ABMS Singapore (ABMS-S), LLC, the relevant Member Board of its affiliate, the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), and the Ministry of Health, Singapore (MOH).

ABMS is a not-for-profit organisation that assists the American medical specialty boards in the development and use of standards in the evaluation and certification of specialists.

MOH has collaborated with ABMS-S to develop specialty-specific psychometrically validated multiple-choice question (MCQ) examinations for Singapore. The examination blueprints have been designed to ensure that the content is relevant to the practice of medicine in Singapore. The OT Examination (MCQ) will complement the structured formative training of the residency programme and other clinical assessments required in the programme.

Any specialty certificate issued by MOH does not entitle the holder to reciprocal certification privileges in the U.S.

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Purpose of the Examination

The SAB determines the qualifications, experience and training programmes which are to be recognised for registration as specialists under the Medical Registration Act, and grants Certificates of Specialist Accreditation to persons who meet these requirements. You can obtain current information from the section on Specialist Accreditation in Singapore.

To receive the Certificate of Specialist Accreditation in a specialty, a doctor must meet the graduate medical education training requirements, demonstrate clinical competence in the care of patients, meet the licensure requirements with the Singapore Medical Council (SMC), and pass the required postgraduate examinations.

The Otorhinolaryngology Examination (OT Examination)

The OT Examination comprising 2 components shall be the exit examination for the Otorhinolaryngology residents.

OT Examination (MCQ) will comprise 250 multiple-choice-questions. This is administered for residents who have completed 48 months residency training.

OT Examination (Oral) is an exit certification examination. It will be administered not more than 3 months before the date of completion of senior residency.*  

*Trainees/residents may be allowed, on a case-by-case basis review, to take OT Examination (Oral) up to 6 months prior to the end of their training date, subject to the following conditions: 

  1. Head of Department’s/ Program Director’s and RAC’s attestation (written) on fulfilment of competencies to take OT Examination (Oral); and
  2. Only applicable for trainees/residents whose training date was extended due to statutory leave (maternity leave, in-camp training and National Service requirements) which results in them being unable to meet the 3-month eligibility rule. No Pay Leave (NPL) before or after their maternity leave would not be considered.
  3. Reviewed and approved by JCST

Only residents who have attained a pass in the OT Examination (MCQ) will be allowed to proceed with the OT Examination (Oral).

The OT Examination is mandatory for Otorhinolaryngology Residents for exit certification, subject to completion of required postings and attestation by the Programme Directors.

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MCQ Examination Committee

The Otorhinolaryngology MCQ Examination Committee comprises medical educators and senior clinicians who are appointed as subject matter experts to be involved in the joint development of the examination materials with ABMS-S. The examination materials are protected by copyright laws and are intended to be delivered in a secured test environment.

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Computer-Based Testing

The OT Examination (MCQ) is a multiple-choice examination administered by computer. The code used for this examination is OT ExaminationPearson VUE is the designated Test Vendor for administering the computer-based examination in a secured test environment. Upon successful scheduling of the examination with Pearson VUE, candidates will receive a Confirmation Email which will indicate the location of the allocated Test Centre.

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