Specialty Certificate Examination in Endocrinology and Diabetes
The Specialty Certificate Examination (SCE) in Endocrinology and Diabetes is delivered once a year.
There are no entry requirements for the SCE in Endocrinology and Diabetes, however, candidates in UK training would normally take the SCE in Endocrinology and Diabetes in their penultimate year of training.
Qualification: Certificate in Endocrinology and Diabetes
Trainees who have gained the Certificate in Endocrinology and Diabetes and who are recommended for a CCT will be entitled to apply for the postnominal MRCP(UK) (Endocrinology and Diabetes). For further details please see the FAQs.
Resources for trainees
The SCE in Endocrinology and Diabetes covers the whole of the curriculum as outlined by the Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians Training Board (JRCPTB) in 2010. Preparation for the SCE requires a wide breadth of knowledge around the curriculum and should involve reading of textbooks, journals and guidelines and be supplemented by attending conferences and regional society meetings. Experience of the MRCP(UK) examination provides an excellent background to the format of the examination.
Suggested sources and reading are listed below.
The questions are in ‘best of five’ multiple choice format. This format, in addition to testing core knowledge and comprehension, also assesses the ability to interpret information and to solve clinical problems. There will be five options - one correct answer and four alternatives to the correct answer. The four distractors will be closely related to the preferred option but less correct, therefore acting as plausible alternatives.
These questions give an indication of the type of question you can expect in the exam:
SCE in Endocrinology and Diabetes Sample Questions
Curriculum and Blueprint
The curriculum is published by the JRCPTB.
The examination is made up of questions covering the whole curriculum, selected by a predetermined blueprint. Download a copy of the assessment blueprint for more details:
SCE in Endocrinology and Diabetes Blueprint
Suggested information sources
- Oxford Handbook of Endocrinology and Diabetes 2nd Edition 2009 (H Turner, J Wass)
- Oxford Textbook of Endocrinology and Diabetes 2nd Edition 2011 (J Wass, P Stewart)
- Williams Textbook of Endocrinology 12th Edition 2011 (S Melmed et al)
- Textbook of Diabetes 4th Edition 2010 (R Holt et al)
- Clinical Endocrinology
- Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
- European Journal of Endocrinology
- Nature Reviews Endocrinology
- Diabetic Medicine
- Diabetes Care
- British Medical Journal
- New England Journal of Medicine