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. 


Cairo, Egypt

10 September 2003


Havana, Cuba

25 & 26 September 2004


Istanbul, Turkey

2 & 4 September 2005


Buenos Aires, Argentina

24 August 2006


Marrakech, Morocco

27 August 2007


Hong Kong, China

24 August 2008


Pattaya, Thailand

29 October 2009


Gothenburg, Sweden

31 August 2010


Prague, Czech Republic

5 & 6 September 2011


Dubai, United Arab Emirates

26 & 27 November 2012


Hyderabad, India

15 & 16 October 2013


Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

19 November 2014


Guangzhou, China

15 & 16 September 2015


Rome, Italy

8 & 9 September 2016


Cape Town, South Africa

29 November 2017


Montreal, Canada

10 October 2018


Muscat, Oman

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:

  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.


Further information

If you have any questions about the SICOT Diploma Examination, please send an e-mail to: [email protected] 

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.

SICOT Diploma Examination & Review Course