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The Paediatric Medicine MCQ Examination (PD Examination (MCQ)) 2019 is a postgraduate examination for exit certification. Completing the PD Examination (MCQ) 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).

In order to be accredited by the SAB as a Paediatric Specialist, the Resident must pass the PD Examination in Paediatric Medicine within the stipulated training period (maximum 7 years for Residency), unless special permission has been obtained from the Joint Committee on Specialist Training (JCST) for any extenuating circumstances.

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 PD 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 Paediatric Medicine Examination (PD Examination)

The PD Examination comprises 2 components.

PD Examination (MCQ) will comprise 250 multiple-choice-questions (MCQs). This is the theory component of the PD Examination. It is administered to residents who have completed R4 senior residency training and are at least in R5.

PD Examination (Clinical) is a Structured Viva examination. This is the clinical component of the PD Examination. It will be administered not more than 3 months before the date of completion of R6 senior residency training.

Candidates can sit for the PD Examination (MCQ) in R5 and R6. Candidates, who have not attained a pass in the PD Examination (MCQ) in R6, will be allowed to proceed with the PD Examination (Clinical) with the attestation by the Programme Directors. Such candidates will have to sit for the PD Examination (MCQ) in the subsequent administration.

Both PD Examination (MCQ) and PD Examination (Clinical) are required for exit certification, subject to completion of required postings and attestation by the Programme Directors.

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MCQ Examination Committee

The Paediatric Medicine 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 PD Examination (MCQ) is a multiple-choice examination administered by computer. The code used for this examination is PD Examination. Pearson 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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