Written Specialty Examination Information

INFORMATION ABOUT THE CCMG WRITTEN SPECIALTY EXAMINATION

The Canadian College of Medical Geneticists Written Specialty Examination (Clinical/Laboratory Biochemical Genetics, Cytogenetics, Molecular Genetics) is written every two years in the spring the day following the General Examination.  The purpose of this examination is to test for theoretical knowledge as it relates to a candidate’s chosen specialty.  The examination is designed to ensure that each candidate has obtained a standard minimum competency to practice in genetic diagnostics.

WHAT TO EXPECT?

The Written Specialty Examination will occur the day following the General Examination, usually in mid-May.  The date will be posted on the CCMG website about 6 months prior to the examination.  About two weeks prior to the examination, the candidate will receive a letter stating the examination location and time.  The examination length is 3 hours.

On the day of the examination, the candidate will be asked to check-in with the examination proctor 30 minutes prior to the start time with government-issued photo identification.  A pencil or pen and a non-programmable electronic calculator will be required.  Scrap paper will be provided in the examination room.  The candidate may bring in a bottle of water; however, the candidate should refrain from bringing in snacks as this causes a disturbance to the other candidates in the room.  All other possessions must be left at the front of the room with the proctor.

Candidates will be provided with the question booklet along with blank answer booklets and scrap paper.  Ensure all of the answer booklets have your candidate ID number on them.  If the French examination was requested, the English version will also be provided for reference.  The examination is composed of a combination of short and long answer questions.  At times a candidate may be given an option (e.g. answer EITHER question 1 or 2); therefore, candidates should read the instructions carefully.  As the examination is long, it is suggested that the candidates pace themselves, ensuring they have left adequate time for all questions.  Handwriting should be as neat as possible, as illegible writing cannot be marked.  The question booklet and scrap paper will be collected and shredded by the proctor immediately following the examination and will not be marked.

Candidates will not receive their pass/fail status for the Written Specialty Examination until approximately 4 weeks after the OSLE examinations are completed.  Each Written Specialty Examination question is assigned a competency cut-off to ensure that the passing grade reflects minimum competency.