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3. Comprehensive Objective Examination in Urology


  • Comprehensive objective examinations make it possible to obtain a more complete evaluation of the candidate's strengths and weaknesses.
  • The important feature of comprehensive objective examinations is that candidates do not need to pass the written component in order to take the oral component.
  • Success or failure is based on consideration of all components of the examination. The comprehensive objective examinations are considered a "whole" and cannot be fragmented.
  • Candidates who are unsuccessful at this examination must, if within their period of eligibility, repeat all components of the examination.


Principles of Surgery Examination

This examination may be taken after a minimum of two years of training that meet the specialty training requirements in one of the surgical disciplines recognized by the College. All candidates must pass this examination to be eligible for the comprehensive objective examination.

Written Component

The written component consists of three, two-hour papers on the principles, practice and basic sciences as applied to Urology.

  • Paper 1
    • Short-answer questions
  • Paper 2
    • Part I: Multiple choice questions
    • Part II: Multiple choice questions

OSCE Component

The OSCE component consists of multiple standardized examination stations, of approximately five hours duration.

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