The MRCS Part B ENT exam is the second part of the exam pathway that leads to the award of the Intercollegiate MRCS ENT. It is an Objective Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE) lasting approximately three and a half hours. The exam further consists of up to 28 active stations and a number of preparation stations and rest stations.
In addition, the MRCS Part B ENT exam tests the knowledge, clinical and communication skills and professional attributes required for a doctor who is supposed to join an otolaryngology department in a trainee position.
There are many unique advantages for passing the MRCS exam. To begin with, it is an additional degree. Besides, passing the exam makes the process of getting a surgical job in the U.K. easy. Clearing MRCS further gets you direct GMC registration. Furthermore, if you decide to work in the Middle East, you get paid twice as much as a surgeon who does not have an MRCS.
The MRCS Part B ENT examination is composed of two parts. One is the MRCS Part A (MCQ) and the MRCS Part B ENT. The MRCS Part A is a five-hour single best answer MCQ examination. It further consists of a three-hour paper (Applied Basic Science) which is followed by a two-hour paper (Principles of Surgery in General), on the same day.
The MRCS Part B ENT is an objective structured clinical examination which lasts approximately three and a half hours. Moreover, this examination is held at one college on each occasion, and this location rotates between the four colleges. The examination is held in London, Edinburgh, Glasgow or Dublin. Passing both leads to the award of the MRCS ENT.
Candidates must possess a recognized medical qualification to meet the entry requirements for the examination. They are strongly recommended to be involved in acquiring professional knowledge and training in Otolaryngology for at least six months in a full-time or equivalent part-time position. Candidates may attempt the MRCS Part A six times only, and the MRCS Part B ENT four times only.
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