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Examinations: MOG / MRCOG

 

Malaysia O&G Knowledge Assessment for the masters in obstetrics & gynaecology Malaysia programme

It has been the desire of the Director General of Health and the Academy of Medicine to have a common entrance exam to enter the Masters Programme. The problem is that the candidates have to register with any one of the universities to sit for such an examination and this poses a lot of logistics problem.

It is also noticed that In recent years, the quality of the postgraduates in the Malaysian Conjoint Masters Obstetrics & Gynaecology programme has deteriorated markedly. Despite the stringent methods in choosing the senior candidates who have completed at least 3 years of medical service and having interviews on all the applicants that are eligible by senior members of the O&G fraternity in the Government service and universities, many of the students perform below expectations. The Conjoint Board is of the opinion that the wrong cohort of students are being chosen into the programme.

A number of the candidates that have been selected into the programme quit the course hardly a few months into the training, depriving others of a place in the programme.

The Part 1 examination has a high failure rate despite the basic questions that have been set by the panel examiners. Candidates have to sit several times before passing the examination and a number have to leave the programme after exhausting all their chances. These multiple attempts will distract the candidates from concentrating fully on their clinical training programme and to start their clinical studies.

In the Part II examination, the glaring weakness that was seen in each examination was the high failure rate in the Theory section. It indicates that the candidates lack self reading and did not take extra effort to upgrade their clinical and theoretical knowledge. In the clinical examination, the candidates also lack the basic clinical knowledge expected of a clinician.

All these indicate the lack of commitment in the students chosen into the programme. We need to produce quality and not quantity in the Malaysian Masters O&G programme. In view of this, the Conjoint Board (which comprises of the examination Board members of 4 participating Universities, the Senior Government O&G Consultants and the Academy of Medicine) have decided to organize an Entrance Examination which the candidate must pass before he or she can be eligible for the Interview for selection into the programme. Only those who are really committed will apply, thus ensuring a dedicated group of Masters students into the Malaysian Conjoint O&G Masters programme.

Prof. Dr. Zainul Rashid M. Razi, Conjoint Board, Masters O &G Malaysia.
O&G Department, Hospital Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia,
Jalan Yaacob Latiff, Cheras, Kuala Lumpur.

Malaysia O&G Knowledge Assessment
Name: Penilaian tahap pengetahuan O&G Malaysia.
[Malaysia O&G Knowledge Assessment (MOKA)]
Aim:
  • To assess and grade the candidates' level of O&G knowledge prior to enrulment
  • To assist university in benchmarking and ranking candidates for O&G postgraduate entry
Rationale:
  • This assessment is in line with the development of National Postgraduate Programme
  • This assessment would help the candidates to gauge their O&G knowledge level for further improvement
  • This assessment also facilitates career pathway development
Requirement:
  • Undergraduate Medical Degree recognised by MMC
Rules and regulations:
  • Test will be conducted every 6 monthly (April and October).
  • Application:
    • The application form (Appendix 1) can be obtained from the O&G Department, PPUKM or downloaded from the OGSM website.
    • The closing date would be on 1st March, for April examination and 1st September for the October, examination.
    • Late entries are not accepted.
    • First-time application must be accompanied by original, or an attested copy of primary medical degree certificate.
  • Fee:
    • The examination fee is RM 500 for each examination.
    • Candidates who withdraw their application for a particular examination after the closing date, or fail to appear, shall forfeit the examination fee.
  • Each candidate will be issued with a personal registration number. The number must be quoted in all correspondence.
  • An entrance slip will be given to the candidate. Candidates must present the entrance slip and bring along evidence of identification during the examination.
  • There is no exemption for this requirement for any candidate either for the government, the universities or the foreign applicants who wish to be interviewed for this program.
  • The result will be translated into band score from 1 - 8 (criteria to call for interview will be decided by the conjoint board).
  • The result will be announced via mail four weeks fullowing the examination. Candidates can only call up for the results one month after the examination if they have not received any reply.
  • The copy of the result slip is required during the application for Specialty in O&G. Candidates must bring along the original result slip during the interview.
  • The result is final. No remarking will be entertained.
Format:
  • The assessment consist of TWO papers i.e.
    • Paper 1 - Multiple Choice Question
    • Paper 2 - One Best Answer
  • For Paper 1 - consist of 60 MCQs of 5 answers each (i.e. 300 stems) with duration of 120 minutes (2 hours). It tests on Reproductive Basic Sciences applied to Obstetrics and Gynaeculogy
  • For Paper 2 - consist of 60 OBA questions (30 Obstetrics; 30 Gynaeculogy) with duration of 120 minutes (2 hours). It tests on Clinical Applied Basic obstetrics and gynaeculogy knowledge
  • Division of marks: Paper 1-50%; Paper 2-50%
  • Marking system: - A computerized marking system will be used. There will be no minus marking
  • The overall results will be converted to band scores.
    • a. Band 1 = 0 - 30
    • b. Band 2 = 30.1 - 40
    • c. Band 3 = 40.1 - 45
    • d. Band 4 = 45.1 - 50
    • e. Band 5 = 50.1 - 60
    • f. Band 6 = 60.1 - 75
    • g. Band 7 = 75.1 - 85
    • h. Band 8 = 85.1 - 100
  • This assessment result is valid for 36 months from the date stated on the result slip.
Disclaimer: This new assessment format is effective from 1st October 2018