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Become an Examiner

Ever thought of volunteering as an examiner or question writer? We’re looking for Members and Fellows with an interest in helping shape the future of the specialty to join us as examiners.

+++We would particularly like to hear from experienced examiners able to assist with the Part 2 FSEM exam on Tue 12 April in Edinburgh (with examiner training on afternoon of Mon 11, if available). All travel expenses are covered, and you will be part of an outstanding team. Those who have examined previously and are available on this date are encouraged to get in touch+++

Exams Committee Chair Dr Alastair Nicol talks about what’s involved in becoming an examiner.

Examiners play an incredibly important role for the Faculty. As part of our efforts setting standards across sport and exercise medicine, we work with the Exams team at the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh to deliver three major examinations during the year – the Part 1 and Part 2 Membership in Sport and Exercise Medicine Exams, and our new Diploma in Musculoskeletal Medicine examination.

We are always on the lookout for new examiners, and there are essentially two areas you can assist with:

Question Writing

We are constantly working to develop new questions. The Part 1 Membership exam requires at least 80 new Single Best Answers (SBAs) for every sitting, to maintain the quality and high standard of the exam. Once you have passed the Membership exam, you can join the question-writing team with immediate effect, so if interested, please contact the Faculty office.

Examiners

Examiners for the Part 2 Membership exam (12 OSCE stations in each exam) do require more experience so we ask for at least 5 years post-membership and an active participation in medical education. Although question-writing for the SBAs is a common pathway to becoming an OSCE examiner, it is desirable but not essential. If interested, send a short CV to the Faculty office.

Experienced examiner Dr Dave Pugh talks about some of the benefits of getting involved.

Examining is fun! While the membership is a tough exam to pass, the preparation and actual examining is very enjoyable. The day of the exam is a good social occasion, with great company and usually a lovely dinner the evening before.

It’s also an excellent way to gain experience and involvement in question writing, and it’s great for staying up to date and gaining CPD for appraisal purposes.

I really enjoy being involved in a committee of doctors who all share a commitment to giving something back to the specialty of Sport and Exercise Medicine. You also get to visit the beautiful city of Edinburgh, and if it’s your cup of tea, you can even use your acting skills in the OSCE!

What are you waiting for?