Clinical Examination


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About the Clinical Examination

The Clinical Examination (CE) is a practical exam which tests candidates' clinical application of the basic sciences.  The exam is an Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) consisting of 16 five-minute stations.  Candidates are assessed as they undertake four instances of each of four station types: physical examination, counselling, history taking and procedure.

This examination must be passed within the first two years of active training and trainees are permitted a maximum of four attempts.  All SET Trainees, must successfully complete the Clinical Examination, with the exception of Neurosurgery trainees who commenced from 2016 onwards.

UPDATE: Candidates applying to sit the Clinical Exam being held in Auckland on 25th June 2017 are advised that this exam falls on the same weekend as a Lions Tour rugby match. This means accommodation is booking fast. If you require accommodation you are advised to book this as soon as possible.

The Basics

Preparing for the Clinical Exam

On Exam Day

Exam Results


Instructions for Examiners


Examinations Department
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
College of Surgeons' Gardens
250-290 Spring Street
East Melbourne VIC 3002 Australia

Telephone: +61 3 9249 1245
Fax: +61 3 9249 1298