Oman Medical Specialty Board
المجلس العماني للاختصاصات الطبية

Educational Programs

EXAMINATIONS

End-of-Year Examination

The examination consists of 100 one-best-answer multiple-choice questions. A few items will have associated images.

PASSING AND RE-SIT:

  • Residents who failed this examination will need to take the resit examination.
  • Residents who failed the resit examination will not progress to the next year level.
  • Required in all academic years except:
  • - The final year of residency training (where resident is exempted from both the written and clinical parts of EOY examination)
    - The year the resident passed both components (Written and Clinical) of OMSB Part I Examination (where resident is exempted from EOY examination)

      OMSB Part I Examination

      This examination consists of written (Multiple Choice Questions) and clinical (Simulated Surgery) components. The Simulated Surgery (Clinic) is not primarily a test of knowledge but that of consulting and communication skills. It is intended to be just like an everyday surgery in any general practice. It is set in a consulting room with patients who will come in for 10 minute appointments. The residents will demonstrate their consulting skills to an assessor/examiner. The cases are typical problems found in general practice. There are 10 English speaking stations.

      This is usually held in May of the PGY2 year, and a pre-requisite examination for the OMSB Part II Examination.

      PASSING AND RE-SIT:

    1. The resident will only be allowed to take the clinical part once he/she passed the written part of the examination.
    2. A resident will be allowed three (3) attempts to pass each component of OMSB Part I Examination, as long as the training period does not exceed more than six years. If the resident fails the third attempt, his/her training will be terminated.
    3. The resident who failed the written part of the examination will be allowed to progress if he/she passed the End-of-Year Examination.
    4. The resident needs to pass both written and clinical components in order to be deemed to have achieved overall success in the OMSB Part I examination.
    5. A PGY3 resident will not progress to PGY4 unless she/he passes both components of OMSB Part I examination.

      1. OMSB Part II Examination

        This is a Specialty Certification Exam. This consists of two components (Written paper and Simulated Surgery), taken after completing all the requirements of the Family Medicine Residency Program.

        The Simulated Surgery (Clinic) is not primarily a test of knowledge but that of consulting and communication skills. It is intended to be just like an everyday surgery in any general practice. It is set in a consulting room with patients who will come in for 10 minute appointments. The residents will demonstrate their consulting skills to an assessor/examiner. The cases are typical problems found in general practice. There are 14 stations: seven (7) Arabic speaking stations and seven (7) English speaking stations.

        ELIGIBILITY:

        The Family Medicine Resident is eligible to take the Specialty Certification Examination, if he/she has completed all the requirements of the Family Medicine Residency Program with valid ACLS and PALS certification. Residents with until three (3) blocks of extension will only be allowed to take the exam.

        PASSING AND RE-SIT:

      2. As per the OMSB policy, the resident will ONLY be allowed to take the Simulated Surgery Exam once he/she passed the Written Exam.
      3. The resident needs to pass both written and clinical components in order to be deemed to have achieved overall success in the OMSB Part II examination.
      4. CONTENT OF THE EXAMINATION:

        The discipline of general practice has few fixed boundaries, being defined as much by what patients elect to present to us as by our own views on the GP’s job description. General practice is also constantly evolving, reflecting advances in clinical practice, shifts in social expectation and changes in the political, administrative, and fiscal framework.

        This defines the curriculum for the specialty certificate examination (OMSB Part II). It sets out to test all those areas of professional knowledge, skill, and values which reflect the consensus view of what comprises a good practice today within the context of the primary health care service and setting in which the candidate is working.

        In devising the modules which make up the examination, the Panel of Examiners is guided by the following blueprint which describes in general terms the domains of competence required of a contemporary general practitioner:

        1. Factual knowledge
        2. Evolving knowledge: uncertainty, “hot topics”, qualitative research
        3. The evidence base of practice: knowledge of literature, quantitative research
        4. Critical appraisal skills: interpretation of literature, principles of statistics
        5. Application of knowledge: justification, prioritising, audit
        6. Problem-solving: general applications
        7. Problem-solving: case-specific, clinical management
        8. Personal care: matching principles to individual patients
        9. Written communication
        10. Verbal communication: the consultation process
        11. The practice context: 'team' issues, practice management, business skills
        12. Regulatory framework of practice
        13. The wider context: medico-political, legal and societal issues
        14. Ethnic and trans-cultural issues
        15. Values and attitudes: ethics, integrity, consistency, caritas
        16. Self-awareness: insight, reflective learning, 'the doctor as person'
        17. Commitment to maintaining standards: personal and professional growth, continuing medical education.

        Within each module a variety of contexts will be examined in order to test an appropriate range and depth. Candidates may find it helpful to consider the various roles the doctor may adopt in the course of ordinary practice, for example: