Specialty Certificate Examination in Gastroenterology
|Exam date||UK registration period||Pearson VUE UK booking window||International registration period||Results release|
|22 April 2015||17 December 2014 - 18 March 2015||22 January - 22 March 2015||17 December 2014 - 14 January 2015||19 May 2015|
The Specialty Certificate Examination (SCE) in Gastroenterology is delivered once a year.
There are no entry requirements for the SCE in Gastroenterology, although candidates in UK training posts would normally take the SCE in their penultimate year of higher specialty training.
Qualification: Certificate in Gastroenterology
Trainees who hold MRCP(UK), have gained the Certificate in Gastroenterology and who are recommended for a CCT will be entitled to apply for the postnominal MRCP(UK) (Gastroenterology).
For further details please see the FAQs.
Curriculum and blueprint
The Specialty Training Curriculum for Gastroenterology and Sub-specialty Training Curriculum for Hepatology 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:
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:
- American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD)
- British Association for the Study of the Liver (BASL)
- British Viral Hepatitis Group (BVHG)
- British Society of Gastroenterology (BSG)
- Digestive Disease Week (DDW)
- European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL)
- Regional Society meetings
- Royal Colleges of Physicians
- United European Gastroenterology Federation (UEGW)
- National Institute for Health Research Health Technology Assessment Programme
- National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)
- Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN)
- Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics
- European Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
- Frontline Gastroenterology
- Journal of Hepatology
- New England Journal of Medicine
- Oxford Handbook of Gastroenterology and Hepatology 2006 (S Bloom, G Webster)
- Sleisenger and Fordtran's Gastrointestinal and Liver Disease, 9th Ed, 2010 (M Feldman, Laurence S Friedman)
- Textbook of Gastroenterology, 5th Ed, 2008 (Ed T Yamada)
- The Textbook of Hepatology, 3rd Ed, 2007 (Ed J Rodes)
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. Take part in this interactive sample test:
The selected metrics report provides details about the 2014 examination. All the statistics are intended to help candidates to be more informed and better prepared for the examination. The reports are also available to other stakeholders (e.g. deaneries’ representatives, board members, trainees’ supervisors) who would like to find out more about candidates’ performance in order to be able to make informed decisions about training programmes or examination standards.