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 as well as their technical and non-technical competencies.  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, non-technical skills, history taking and procedural skills.

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.

Orthopaedic Surgery trainees (only Australian Orthopaedic Association trainees) who commence training from 2018 onwards.

Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery (OHNS) trainees who commence training from 2018 onwards.

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