Nephrology

Specialty Certificate Examination in Nephrology

Exam date UK registration period Pearson VUE UK centre booking window International registration period Results release
5 March 2014 6 November 2013 – 29 January 2014 5 December 2013 – 4 February 2014 6 November – 4 December 2013 28 March 2014

 

The Specialty Certificate Examination in Nephrology is delivered once a year.

Eligibility requirements

There are no entry requirements for the SCE in Nephrology, although trainees in UK training posts would normally take the SCE in their penultimate year of higher specialty training.

Qualification: Certificate in Nephrology

Trainees who hold MRCP(UK), have gained the Certificate in Nephrology and who are recommended for a CCT will be entitled to apply for the postnominal MRCP(UK) (Nephrology).

For further details please see the FAQs.

Curriculum and blueprint

The Specialty Training Curriculum for Renal Medicine is published by the Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians Training Board (JRCPTB).

The examination is made up of questions covering the whole curriculum, selected by a predetermined blueprint:

SCE in Nephrology blueprint

Resources for trainees

Preparation for the SCE requires a wide breadth of knowledge around the curriculum and should involve reading of textbooks, journals and guidelines. Experience of the MRCP(UK) examination provides an excellent background to the format of the examination.

Suggested sources and reading are listed below:

Journals

Textbooks

  • American Journal of Kidney Disease – publishes the US core curriculum in nephrology which gives detailed notes across the entire renal curriculum
  • Comprehensive Clinical Nephrology (Eds Feehally, Floege, Johnson)
  • Handbook of Kidney Transplantation (Eds Danovitch et al)
  • Oxford Handbook of Dialysis (Eds Levy et al)
  • Oxford Textbook of Nephrology (Eds Davison et al)

Websites

Sample questions

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. Please take part in our interactive sample question test.