Geriatric Medicine

Specialty Certificate Examination in Geriatric Medicine

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17 February 2021

28 October 2020 - 23 December 2020

25 November 2020 - 24 December 2020

28 October 2020 - 25 November 2020

17 March 2021 12 May 2021
23 February 2022 03 November 2021- 01 December 2021 01 December 2021- 29 December 2021 03 November 2021- 01 December 2021 4 weeks after exam date 8 weeks after results release

Specialty Certificate Examination (SCE) in Geriatric Medicine is delivered once a year.

Eligibility requirements

There are no entry requirements for the SCE in Geriatric Medicine, although candidates in UK training posts should have taken the SCE by the end of ST5.

Qualification: Certificate in Geriatric Medicine

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

For further details please see the FAQs.

Curriculum and blueprint

The Specialty Training Curriculum for Geriatric 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 Geriatric Medicine 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.

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 this interactive test of sample questions.

Results report

The selected metrics report provides details about the previous year's 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.

Geriatric Medicine results report

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