I was due to begin Advanced Training in the middle of the year pending passing the Divisional Clinical Exam. How will my training be affected?
You can still progress to Advanced Training (AT) in the middle of the year if you:
- completed all other Basic Training requirements, including passing the Divisional Written Examination AND
- secured an AT position that starts after the date you would have sat the clinical exam in 2020 (this position must be in an accredited AT setting, approved by the relevant AT Committee) AND
- plan to sit the next scheduled offering of the DCE in 2021.
For Basic Trainees currently on the Training Support Pathway:
- all of the above conditions must be met AND
- your current supervising committee must recommend advancing to provisional AT.
We are developing guidance to support this process.
Will there be provisions made for trainees who won’t be able to sit the postponed Clinical Exam in 2021?
No decision has been made on this yet.
What happens if I provisionally move to Advanced Training but don’t pass the postponed Clinical Exam in 2021?
Any training provisionally approved as 'conditional upon passing the Clinical Examination' will not be accepted as Advanced Training.
We are developing further guidance to support this process.
Trainees will get at least 3 months’ notice of new exam dates.
Are there proposed dates for the rescheduled exams in 2021? Will there be 2 of each exam in 2021?
Nothing is confirmed at this stage. Once information is available, we'll inform trainees and DPEs. Trainees will be notified at least 3 months in advance of the rescheduled exam.
With the postponement of exams, is there still a deadline to register and pay for exams?
There is no deadline at this stage. Once new dates have been set, we'll announce the new deadlines.
Which exams have been cancelled or postponed?
Most exams have been postponed until 2021.
We’re looking at the timing and format of exams for next year and making contingency plans in case the pandemic continues into 2021. We’ll give at least 3 months’ notice of new exam dates.
Will you provide additional learning resources to help me prepare for the Divisional Clinical Examination, since my hospital-based teaching sessions are disrupted?
The College Learning Series and other learning resources are available on our Online Learning Resources hub. Use these as part of your exam preparation.
We’re discussing additional learning resources with the COVID-19 Examinations Advisory Group.
Can you guarantee there will be capacity for all eligible trainees to sit the 2021 Divisional Clinical Examination?
Our COVID-19 Examinations Advisory Group is developing plans for increased candidate numbers for all exams postponed until 2021.
How does postponing exams impact the 2021 Divisional Written Examination and rollout of computer-based testing?
Our COVID-19 Examinations Advisory Group is developing plans for postponed and scheduled 2021 exams, including the Divisional Written Exam and the announced re-introduction of computer-based testing.