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Examination Content

Paediatric Medicine


The PD Examination (MCQ) is designed to evaluate the extent of the candidate's knowledge and clinical judgement in the areas in which a paediatrician should demonstrate a high level of competence. Expertise in the broad domain of Paediatric Medicine, and the diagnosis and treatment of both common and rare conditions that have important consequences for patients will be assessed.

The examination content is consistent with a pre-established blueprint, developed and used by the American Board of Pediatrics. ABMS-S, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health Singapore (MOH), modified the blueprint to ensure that the content and relative percentages reflect practice of Paediatric Medicine 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 photomicrographs (e.g. blood films, Gram stains).

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

Table 1 : Examination Content for Paediatric Medicine MCQ Examination

Medical Content Category

Relative Percentage

Growth and Developmental Milestones

4%

Nutrition and Nutritional Disorders

3%

Preventive Pediatrics

4%

Poisoning

1%

Fetus and Newborn Infant

4%

Fluid and Electrolyte Metabolism

4%

Genetics and Dysmorphology

3%

Allergic and Immunologic Disorders

3%

Infectious Diseases

4%

Metabolic Disorders

3%

Endocrine Disorders

4%

Gastrointestinal Disorders

4%

Respiratory Disorders

4%

Cardiovascular Disorders

3.5%

Blood and Neoplastic

3.5%

Renal

3.5%

Genital System Disorders

2%

Neurological Disorders

4%

Musculoskeletal

2.5%

Skin Disorders

2.5%

Collagen, Vascular, and Other Multisystem Disorders

2.5%

Disorders of the Eye

2%

Ear, Nose, and Throat Disorders

2.5%

Adolescent Medicine and Gynecology

2.5%

Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness

0.5%

Substance Abuse

1%

Disorders of Cognition, Language and Learning

3%

Behavioral and Mental Health Issues

2.5%

Psychosocial Issues and Problems

2.5%

Critical Care

4%

Emergency Care

4%

Pharmacology

2.5%

Research and Statistics

2%

Ethics for Primary Pediatricians

1%

Patient Safety and Quality Improvement

1%

Total

100%

Last updated: 17 Jun 2019 13:24