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Examination Schedule

PSRM Certifying Board Examination

Schedule:
Written Examination: September 12, 2018
Oral Examination: September 16, 2018

Deadline for submission of requirements: August 1, 2018

PSRM CERTIFYING EXAMINATIONS REQUIREMENTS:

 

General objective: To evaluate the candidate’s knowledge, skills & attitudes in solving clinical problems in reproductive endocrinology and infertility.

 

Specific objective: The candidate must:

1.       Exhibit competence as a practitioner of reproductive endocrinology and infertility

2.       Demonstrate skills necessary for the management of clinical problems in REI such as:

a.       Detailed history taking

                                    b.       Selecting necessary diagnostic tests and their accurate interpretation

c.        Describing differentials and determining the correct diagnosis based on the data obtained

d.       Deciding among options in treatment and choosing appropriate care

e.       Continuing management and counseling

3.       Show the ability to perform competently and independently essential diagnostic procedures required of a reproductive endocrinologist

4.       Demonstrate the ability to perform competently and independently operative reproductive endocrinological & infertility procedures & managing their complications

 

The certifying examinations will consist of 3 parts:

Part I: Written Examination

Part II: Oral Examination

Part III: Practical Examination

Part II (Oral Examination) is administered a week after Part 1: Written Examination. Parts I and II examinations are given once a year.

 

 Diplomate Part I: Written Examination

The Written examination is an objective assessment of the cognitive knowledge of the candidate. It is conducted once a year to eligible candidates for certification.

                The written examination consists of 250 questions. The types of questions are distributed as follows:

·         20% recall

·         40% analysis & interpretation

·         40% problem solving

Grading is criterion-referenced with the passing grade set accordingly to the minimum passing level (MPL) as determined by the committee. The validity, reliability, and relevance of exam questions are established by a test blueprint based on the curriculum & item analysis.

The result of the written examination will be sent by registered mail, telephone call, and email to the candidate before the oral and practical examinations.

 

Requirements for Examination:

A.             The Candidate must:

1.            Be a Filipino citizen

2.            Be duly licensed to practice Medicine in the Philippines

3.            Be a Fellow or Diplomate of POGS

4.          Be a graduate of a PSRM recognized fellowship program in Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility (2- year program) OR be a foreign trained graduate in a PSRM recognized fellowship program of Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility

4a. Require submission of a certificate from the foreign institution (fellowship or observership) and the curriculum of the training program that was participated in. Subject to approval/signed by the head of the institution (look at IFFS accredited centers/for ASEAN integration)

4b. For cases of “transfer of responsibility”, the applicant should be the primary surgeon, with the PSRM fellow/consultant also signing the document submitted.

5.             Has completed his/her fellowship program within the past 5 years

 

B.             The candidate must submit the following:

1.             Duly accomplished PSREI application Form (in duplicate) with 2 passport size pictures and endorsement of 3 active PSREI Fellows.

2.             Official documents (photocopy)

a.     Medical diploma

b.     PRC license

c.    Certificate of completion in a POGS accredited residency program duly signed by the Department Chairman, Dean of the College of Medicine and/or Hospital Director

d.    Certificate of POGS Membership (Diplomate or Fellow)

e.   Certification of Fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility signed by the Head of the Section, Chair of the Department and the Dean and/or Director of the Hospital.

3.             A Compilation of 70 cases ( 30 major, 40 minor) performed within the immediate past 2 years prior to application with certification from the Section Head & Chair of the Department attesting to the authenticity of cases reported & managed.

 

 

Major Cases (30 cases)

Operative Hysteroscopy

To include at least the following cases:

   Two (2) hysteroscopic myomectomy

Operative Laparoscopy

To include at least the following cases:

  Three  (3) adnexectomy/salpingectomy

   Three (3) salpingostomy

   One  (1) chromopertubation*

   One  (1) pelvic adhesiolysis*

Abdominal/laparotomy procedures

 

*May be done with another procedure but will not be counted separately

Examples: Diagnostic laparoscopy with chromopertubation= considered one minor case

                 VL Oophorocystectomy with pelvic adhesiolysis= considered one major case

 

Minor cases (40)

Surgical

(maximum of 30 cases)

 

Such as but not limited to diagnostic hysteroscopy/laparoscopy, hysteroscopic polypectomy

Ambulatory procedures such as but not limited to hysterosalpingogram, saline-infusion sonography, follicular monitoring, and intra-uterine Insemination (maximum of 5 cases)

 

Medical Management

(maximum of 5 cases)

 

Endometriosis

Abnormal uterine bleeding

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

Amenorrhea

Infertility

Leiomyoma and Adenomyosis

Other endocrinopathies

 

4.             Submission of  the following cases with discussions and references:

    10 Major cases and

    10 Minor caseswith at least 5 of these being Surgical Minor cases

5.             Preceptorship to 5 ART cases as attested by the ART Medical Director with discussions.

6.             One (1) Completed Research Paper (prospective or retrospective) and one (1) Interesting Case. The candidate must be at least be a co-investigator/co-author.

7.             Must have attended at least three (3) PSREI scientific activities within the past two (2) years. Certificates of attendance (photocopies) must be submitted as proof of attendance.

 

Diplomate Part II: Oral Examination

 

Five (5) hypothetical cases will be prepared of a similar level of difficulty. There will be three (3) main questions for each case and the correct answer/s will be available to the panel.

 

Three cases will be chosen at random on the day of examination. Each panel of three (3) examiners will then be assigned one case. All examinees will answer all three (3) cases with the assigned panel for each case.

 

The average grade for each case per panel will be computed. The perfect score is nine (9) and the passing score is six (6).

 

In cases where an examinee’s score is 5.5-5.9, a retesting on the same day may be done using one of the remaining cases.

 

Requirements:

  1. For those taking the Diplomate Part II: Oral Examination, the candidate must:
    1. Submit an application for Diplomate Part II: Oral Examination
    2. Have passed the Diplomate Part I: Written examination within the past two (2) years

 

  1. For those taking the oral examination more than two (2) years after passing the Diplomate Part I: Written examination, the candidate must:
    1. Submit an application for Diplomate Part II: Oral Examination
    2. Submit five (5)  additional cases, 3 Major and 2 Minor done within the last two (2) years from application
    3. Submit proof of attendance in 75% of PSREI activities within the past two (2) years from the application

 

Diplomate Part III – Practical Examination

The PSREI Certifying Board will determine who will be given practical examination from among the candidates who passed Part I & II examinations and who graduated from a PSREI accredited foreign training program.

 

A candidate has a maximum of 3 attempts in the practical examination. Whoever fails in the practical examinations for the 3rd time shall undergo a refresher course of 6 months in an approved training program of PSREI before repeating the Practical Examination.

 

 

Requirements for those who fail to pass the certifying examinations:

 

Diplomate Part I: Written Examination

 

For those repeating the written exam:

  1. The written exam may be taken yearly until it is passed for a total of three attempts. The repeat exams should be taken within 2 years from the initial examination.
  2. Candidates who fail to pass the written exam for the third time will be required to attend at least 75% of all scientific courses given by PSRM or an equivalent REI continuing medical education activity within the past 2 years. He/She must pass a 4th written exam.

 

Diplomate Part II: Oral Examination

 

For those repeating the oral examination:

  1. If repeat oral examination is done (second attempt):
    1. Within a year after the last oral examination, the candidate must submit 5 new operative cases with discussions and must have attended the most recent PSREI annual and midyear conventions.
    2. Within two years after the last oral examination, the candidate must submit 10 Major cases & 20 Minor cases done within the past 2 years. Five of the Major cases and 10 of the Minor cases should have discussions & properly referenced. The candidate must have attended at least 75% of PSREI continuing medical education activities in the past 2 years.
    3. Repeat oral examination should be taken within 2 years from passing the written exam.
  1. If the candidate fails for the 3rd time (third attempt), he/she must take Part I: Written examination again & submit 10 new Major cases done within the immediate last 2 years. The candidate must have attended at least 75% of PSREI continuing medical education activities in the past 2 years.
    1. Photocopies of certificates of attendance of all continuing medical education activities should be submitted.

 

 

Diplomate Part III : Practical Examination

 

A candidate has a maximum of 3 attempts in the practical examination. Whoever fails in the practical examinations for the 3rd time shall undergo a refresher course of 6 months in an approved training program of PSREI before repeating the Practical Examination.

 



Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPGs) on Infertility

The Society has so far published 2 consensus guidelines, namely, Endometriosis in 2008 and PCOS in 2009. This third guideline, CPGs on Infertility will have as its editors Drs. Delfin Tan and Maria Antonia Habana. They will be ably assisted by Drs. Angela Aguilar and Regina Paz Tan-Espiritu.