Examinations: MOG / MRCOG

Background


The Conjoint Board Entrance Examination 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.

 

The Entrance Examination


1. The candidates are required to pass the Entrance Examination before being eligible to be called for interview. The other requirements for the interview are as per Ministry of Health.
2. The examination consists of TWO Multiple Choice Questions papers. The paper consists of 60 questions of 5 answers each (i.e. 300 stems) and lasting 2 hours.
3. The examination consists of 2 papers each comprising of 60 basic medical sciences questions related to O&G. The first paper consists of basic Anatomy, Physiology and Biochemistry questions. The second paper consists of Microbiology, Pharmacology, Pathology, Statistics and others.
4. Marking system: - A computerized marking system will be used. There will be minus marking.
5. The minimum passing mark will be 300 marks. The result is valid for 5 years.
6. Frequency and center of examination:
- The examination will be conducted twice a year at SIX monthly intervals (May & November)
- Either UKM, UM, USM or UIA will be organising the examination.
7. 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 April, for May examination and 1st October for the November, examination. Late entries are not accepted.
- First-time application must be accompanied by original, or an attested copy of primary medical degree certificate.
8. 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.
9. Exemption:
- From the University session 2015/2016, ALL candidates who wish to be called for an interview for this programme will need to show proof of passing the Entrance Examination. There are NO more exemptions given for any other Part I examination.
10. 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 programme.
11. Each candidate will be issued with a personal registration number. The number must be quoted in all correspondence.
12. An entrance slip will be given to the candidate. Candidates must present the entrance slip and bring along evidence of identification during the examination.
13. The pass list will be announced via mail two weeks following the examination. Candidates can only call up for the results one month after the examination if they have not received any reply.
14. The copy of the result slip is required during the application for Masters of O&G. Candidates must bring along the original result slip during the interview.
15. The MOG Part I Course which has been held by the universities is opened for candidates who are interested to sit for the Entrance Examination.
16. Once accepted into the programme, they will still have to pass the new PART 1 MOG which a new candidate will sit at the end of the first year. It will be conducted every six months. This examination emphasizes more on clinically orientated topics and not on basic sciences anymore. All students will be required to sit for this examination, including those with Part I MRCOG. Hopefully, this will select students with good basic sciences and also push them to read more into the clinical aspects of O&G.
17. If they do not pass the new Part I MOG, they will remain at level/year 1 and will not be allowed to progress to the second phase of their training.
18. The final Part II MOG examination will be conducted as usual. However, due to the number of candidates that have increased tremendously over the years, it has put a lot of strain on the Conjoint Board to organize the clinical cases.
19. Therefore, as of May, 2009, the theory examination will be conducted six weeks earlier. Each paper will be marked by 2 examiners. Only those who passed or failed marginally will be invited to the clinical and viva parts of examination. Those who failed the theory component miserably will not be eligible to sit for the clinical examination.
20. There will be no restriction to the number of attempts in the Part II examination. They are allowed to continue to sit for the examination every six months until they have exhausted their chance within the seven year period from the date of registration into the programme.
21. With this new rule, the Conjoint Board hopes that the right candidates will be chosen into the programme who will ecventually obtaine the degree at the end of the course. The O&G consultants in both the universities and Government hospitals will have longer time to train these candidates on the clinical aspects of O&G so that the quality of the specialists produced by the Malaysian Masters O&G programme will be of world standard.