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.
10 September 2003
25 & 26 September 2004
2 & 4 September 2005
Buenos Aires, Argentina
24 August 2006
27 August 2007
Hong Kong, China
24 August 2008
29 October 2009
31 August 2010
Prague, Czech Republic
5 & 6 September 2011
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
26 & 27 November 2012
15 & 16 October 2013
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
19 November 2014
15 & 16 September 2015
8 & 9 September 2016
Cape Town, South Africa
29 November 2017
10 October 2018
4 December 2019
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:
Basic Sciences – including Oncology & Infection
Adult Pathology – Spine and Lower Limb
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.
If you have any questions about the SICOT Diploma Examination, please send an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.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.