Specialty Certificate Examination in Nephrology
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2 March 2016
11 November 2015 - 3 February 2016
9 December 2015 - 4 February 2016
11 November - 9 December 2015
4 weeks after exam date
The Specialty Certificate Examination in Nephrology is delivered once a year.
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:
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 Journal of Kidney Diseases
- Clinical Nephrology
- Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (and sister clinical journal)
- Kidney International
- Nephrology, Dialysis and Transplantation
- Transplant International
- 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)
- Edinburgh Renal Unit
- European Renal Association
- Hypertension, Dialysis, Clinical Nephrology
- Nephrology discussion group
- The Nephron Information Center
- UK Renal Association
- UK Renal Registry
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.
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.