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Final Examination for the degrees of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, 2001: Notice

The Faculty Board of Clinical Medicine give notice that, with effect from the examination to be held in 2001, the form of the examination in Part I Pathology for the Final M.B. Examination will be changed, as follows:

Part I


Written examination

This will consist of a two hour multiple-part objective questionnaire and a two hour and twenty minute essay question paper.

The multiple-part objective questionnaire will contain 80 true/false questions, each with five parts, with 40 questions testing core understanding and knowledge, and 40 questions on advanced topics. This part of the examination will carry 33 per cent of the total marks for Part I.

The essay question paper will contain seven compulsory questions of equal weighting, and candidates will be expected to attempt all questions. Some of the questions will encompass two or more disciplines in an integrated way, but most are restricted to one discipline. This part of the examination will carry 33 per cent of the total marks for Part I.

Practical examination

This will last three hours and will consist of ten compulsory data interpretation questions. Each question will be presented in a folder containing a brief relevant case history with the results of a few appropriate laboratory tests, and usually one or two good quality colour photographs of a named macroscopic surgical or post-mortem specimen. For each case there will be four to five sub-questions, and candidates will be required to give brief written answers to each of these. This part of the examination will carry 33 per cent of the total marks for Part I.

Viva voce examination

For most candidates this component of the examination will not directly contribute to the total marks for Part I. However, this part of the examination is compulsory for those candidates at risk from failing the examination; and for those candidates who have achieved a high standard in the written and practical papers it will provide an opportunity to attain a distinction award. Each candidate will have two sessions of approximately 10-15 minutes, and the sessions may cover all Pathology disciplines. Each candidate will usually meet three Examiners, one of whom will be an External Examiner. The Examiners will have information on the candidates' marks for the written and practical papers and they will use this to gauge the level of enquiry required to help determine pass from fail, and pass from distinction.

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Cambridge University Reporter, 29 November 2000
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