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Final M.B. Examination (New Curriculum Regulations)

(Statutes and Ordinances, p. 442)

With immediate effect

The regulations have been amended to take account of minor revisions in the structure of the examination as set out below. A temporary regulation has been introduced to enable candidates who have failed to satisfy the Examiners in either Part I of the Final M.B. Examination or the written paper components of Part II to be re-examined at an additional sitting of the examination to be announced by the Faculty Board.

Regulation 3(e).

By replacing in line 1 the word 'attachments' by the word 'placements' and by deleting in line 6 the subject Epidemiology for Part I.

Regulation 12(b).

By deleting the last sentence from this regulation.

Regulation 15.

By amending the final sentence for Part I so as to read:

The Examiners at their discretion may examine any candidate for distinction viva voce.

Regulation 23.

By inserting the following final sentence:

The Faculty Board shall appoint for each clinical examination such numbers of persons as they deem sufficient to act as Clinical Assessors, who shall provide marks and comments to the appointed Examiners.

Regulation 25.

By deleting from the last line the words 'merit or'.

Regulation 26.

By replacing in line 1 the words 'Each Senior Examiner' by the words 'The Chairman of Examiners'.

Temporary Regulation

27. Notwithstanding the provisions of Regulation 14, the Faculty Board may announce, after consultation with the Board of Examinations, additional sittings of Part I and the written paper components of Part II in any one year, provided that the Faculty Board shall give sufficient notice of such an additional sitting that no candidate shall be disadvantaged.

With effect from 1 October 2007

The regulations have been amended as set out below to include formal examination requirements for clinical examinations in Paediatrics and Obstetrics and Gynaecology. The current Part II is accordingly relabelled as Part III and a new Part II consisting of a two-component clinical examination has been introduced. The new Part II will be held for the first time in 2008 for candidates who started their clinical course in 2006. Candidates who started their clinical course in 2005 under the New Curriculum Regulations will continue to be examined under the regulations current in September 2007 (see Statutes and Ordinances 2006, pp. 442-8, and amendments above). Candidates admitted to the M.B./Ph.D. programme who started their clinical course in 2005 under the New Curriculum Regulations will be required to take the new Part II under these amended regulations.

Regulation 2.

By replacing in line 1 the words 'Parts I and II' by the words 'Parts I, II, and III'.

Regulation 3(e).

By amending the reference to Part II to read as Part III and by inserting after Paediatrics the subjects Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and Ethics and Law, and by inserting a new entry for Part II so as to read:

for Part II:     Clinical Paediatrics and Clinical Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Regulation 14.

By amending the regulation so as to read:

14. The Final M.B. Examination shall consist of three Parts, Parts I, II, and III; Part II shall be divided into two components, Part III shall be divided into five components. All Parts shall be held in the Easter Term. Part I and Part II shall also be held in the following Michaelmas Term; the written paper components of Part III shall also be held in July. A timetable for each sitting of the examinations shall be published by the Board of Examinations after consultation with the Faculty Board, before the division of the Easter Term each year for the calendar year next following.

Regulation 15.

By amending the reference to Part II to refer to Part III and by inserting a new component for Part II so as to read:

Part II:     two clinical examinations.

And by deleting the sentence in lines 7 and 8 of the regulation.

Regulation 16.

By replacing in the first and final lines of the regulation the word 'either' by the word 'any'.

Regulation 17.

By replacing in line 1 of the regulation the word 'either' by the word 'any' and by deleting in sub-paragraph (a) the words 'more than one month'.

Regulation 18.

By amending sub-paragraphs (a) and (b) so as to read:

(a) Subject to the provisions of sub-paragraph (d)(ii) and Regulation 20 below, Parts I and II of the Final Examination shall be taken concurrently.

(b) A student shall not be a candidate for the first time for Part I or Part II until at least eighteen months have elapsed since the beginning of the student's course of clinical study.

By inserting in sub-paragraph (c) after the words 'for Part II' the words 'or III'.

By replacing in sub-paragraph (d) the reference to Part II in the first line by reference to Part III and by amending subsection (ii) so as to read:

(ii) the student either has previously passed in Part I and Part II or in exceptional circumstances has been granted permission by the Faculty Board to be a candidate for Parts I, II, and III on the same occasion.

By replacing in sub-paragraph (e) the reference to Part I in line 2 by reference to Part I and Part II and the reference to Part II in line 3 by reference to Part III.

Regulation 19.

By deleting the first sub-paragraph (a) and replacing in the second line of sub-paragraph (b) the reference to Part II by reference to Part III.

Regulation 20.

By amending the regulation so as to read:

20. If at the first attempt a student fails to satisfy the Examiners in Part I, Part II, or Part III or in a component of Part II or Part III he or she shall be eligible for re-examination in the relevant Part or component under conditions set by the Faculty Board, taking them separately or together, provided that

(a) a candidate for re-examination in Part II shall offer both components of Part II unless he or she has already satisfied the Examiners in one component;

(b) a candidate for re-examination in Part III in July shall already have passed in Part I, Part II, and two of the three written components of Part III;

(c) a candidate for re-examination in Part III in any year following that in which he or she first took the examination

(d) a candidate shall not be re-examined in either Part I, or in any component of Part II or Part III later than two years after his or her first candidature for that Part or that component, except by special permission of the Faculty Board in exceptional circumstances;

(e) if a candidate fails to satisfy the Examiners in either Part or in any component of Part II or Part III on one occasion subsequent to his or her first candidature for that Part or that component, he or she shall not be re-examined in that Part or that component again except by special permission of the Faculty Board in exceptional circumstances.

Regulation 22.

By inserting in sub-paragraph (b) in line 5 after the words 'Part II' the words 'and Part III'.

Regulation 23.

By inserting in line 5 after the words 'Part II' the words 'and Part III'.

Regulation 25.

By inserting after the words 'Part II' in line 3 the words 'and Part III' and in line 6 the words 'or in Part III' and replacing in line 4 the word 'either' by the word 'any'.

Temporary Regulation

28. Notwithstanding the provisions of Regulations 1 and 14, candidates who began their clinical course before 1 September 2006 under the New Curriculum Regulations shall be examined under the regulations current in September 2007.


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Cambridge University Reporter 13 June 2007
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