SICOT Diploma Examination

Syllabus for the SICOT Diploma Examination

In 2003, for the first time, SICOT held an examination for orthopaedic trainees during its Annual International Conference in Cairo, Egypt. The overall results of this first experience were very encouraging, and a SICOT Diploma Examination has been held every year since then. 

1

Cairo, Egypt

10 September 2003

2

Havana, Cuba

25 & 26 September 2004

3

Istanbul, Turkey

2 & 4 September 2005

4

Buenos Aires, Argentina

24 August 2006

5

Marrakech, Morocco

27 August 2007

6

Hong Kong, China

24 August 2008

7

Pattaya, Thailand

29 October 2009

8

Gothenburg, Sweden

31 August 2010

9

Prague, Czech Republic

5 & 6 September 2011

10

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

26 & 27 November 2012

11

Hyderabad, India

15 & 16 October 2013

12

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

19 November 2014

13

Guangzhou, China

15 & 16 September 2015

14

Rome, Italy

8 & 9 September 2016

15

Cape Town, South Africa

29 November 2017

The examination aims to set a global standard for examination in Trauma & Orthopaedics. The exam tests the core clinical knowledge and competence of the orthopaedic candidate or surgeon in practice. The syllabus for the exam is broad, covering the whole breadth of Trauma & Orthopaedics, which can be applied globally. The candidate must be able to demonstrate clinical knowledge and competence appropriate to orthopaedic and trauma surgery across the whole breadth. The syllabus can be downloaded here (pdf) and is broadly divided into the following four domains:

  1. Basic Sciences – including Oncology & Infection 

  2. Trauma 

  3. Adult Pathology – Spine and Lower Limb 

  4. Upper Limb and Paediatric Orthopaedics 

The Diploma Examination consists of a written part and an oral part. The written part is comprised of 100 multiple choice questions and lasts two hours. For the oral part, each candidate is examined by two examiners in four separate slots lasting two hours in total. 

Candidates must be members of SICOT or in the process of applying for membership at the time of registration. 

Successful candidates are presented with a diploma.

   
German SICOT Fellowship

Funded by the SICOT German section

The fellowship was awarded for the first time in 2005 and is presented to the two best candidates who pass the annual SICOT Diploma Examination. The two fellows are invited to visit well-known German orthopaedic centres for a period of four weeks. Travel is organised by the German Section of SICOT. Special interests of the fellows will be taken into consideration in the choice of hosting centres. The sponsorship up to a maximum total of EUR 2,500 per fellow also includes: an economy class air ticket, food and accommodation, travel expenses within Germany and an allowance. The two candidates (who must be members of SICOT) are selected by the Board of Examiners at the end of the SICOT Diploma Examination. Besides an excellent exam, good knowledge of the English language is the main selection criterion. The purpose of the fellowship is to reward participants in the examination for their achievements and to give them the opportunity to meet with leading German orthopaedic surgeons.   

   
Further information

If you have any questions about the SICOT Diploma Examination, please send an e-mail to: exam@sicot.org 

Please click here to download Prof John C.Y. Leong's plenary speech on "Training of Orthopaedic Surgeons – Educational Objectives and the SICOT Diploma Examination" given at the Combined Meeting of the ASEAN Orthopaedic Association, Vietnamese Orthopaedic Association and Spine Society of Vietnam on 6 December 2007.