Oman Medical Specialty Board
المجلس العماني للاختصاصات الطبية

Educational Programs


Progression Examinations

  1. American Board of Family Medicine In-Training Examination
    The examination consists of 240 one-best-answer multiple-choice questions. A few items will have associated images. The amount of testing time for the In-Training Examination is four (4) hours.  The online examination is available between October and November every year and may be taken at any time during this period.

    - Residents who failed this examination will need to take the resit examination in April/May.
    - Residents who failed the resit examination will not progress to the next year level.

  3. OMSB Part I Examination
  4. This examination consists of written (multiple choice questions) and clinical components.  This is usually held in May of the 2nd year. This is a pre-requisite examination for the MRCGP [INT] and OMSB Part II Examinations.

    The details of the clinical examination (10 stations) are as follows:
    - Six (6) active stations
    - Four (4) static stations
    - Time allocated for each station is 10 minutes (+1 minute for reading the instructions)

    The active stations will be composed of but not limited to:

    •   History taking
    •   Physical examination
    •   Communication skills
    •   Management skills

    The static stations may include performing practical skills and minor procedures, and interpretation of investigations such as:

    • Blood test results
    • X-rays
    • ECGs
    • Pap smears, etc.


    • Residents need to pass both written and clinical components in order to be deemed to have achieved overall success in the OMSB Part I examination.
    • Residents who passed only one component will need to resit the failed the component.
    • Residents who failed both components will need to resit the examination as scheduled.
    • The Resident needs to pass the OMSB Part I Examination in order to progress to R4 level.

    Exit Qualification

    MRCGP [INT] Examination
    This criterion referenced examination consists of two modules normally taken towards the end of the 4th year of a Family Medicine Residency Program:
    Module 1:  Written paper (MCQs)
    Module 2:  Simulated Surgery (SS)


    The examination is modular with the two sections listed above as independent modules.  The pass mark in each module is set by standard setting methods.  To gain the qualification, a candidate must pass all two modules.

    A resit is necessary only in a failed module. All modules must be passed within a period of three (3) years from sitting the first module; otherwise, the candidate must re-take the entire examination.

    Content of the examination:

    The discipline of general practice has few fixed boundaries, being defined as much by what patients elect to present to us as by our own views on the GP’s job description.  General practice is also constantly evolving, reflecting advances in clinical practice, shifts in social expectation and changes in the political, administrative, and fiscal framework.

    This defines the curriculum for the Membership examination.  It sets out to test all those areas of professional knowledge, skill, and values which reflect the consensus view of what comprises good practice in the British National Health Service today but within the context of the health service and setting in which the candidate is working.

    In devising the modules which make up the examination, the Panel of Examiners is guided by the following blueprint which describes in general terms the domains of competence required of a contemporary general practitioner:

    1. Factual knowledge
    2. Evolving knowledge: uncertainty, “hot topics”, qualitative research
    3. The evidence base of practice: knowledge of literature, quantitative research
    4. Critical appraisal skills: interpretation of literature, principles of statistics
    5. Application of knowledge: justification, prioritising, audit
    6. Problem-solving: general applications
    7. Problem-solving: case-specific, clinical management
    8. Personal care: matching principles to individual patients
    9. Written communication
    10. Verbal communication: the consultation process
    11. The practice context: 'team' issues, practice management, business skills
    12. Regulatory framework of practice
    13. The wider context: medico-political, legal and societal issues
    14. Ethnic and trans-cultural issues
    15. Values and attitudes: ethics, integrity, consistency, caritas
    16. Self-awareness: insight, reflective learning, 'the doctor as person'
    17. Commitment to maintaining standards: personal and professional growth, continuing medical education.

    Within each module a variety of contexts will be examined in order to test an appropriate range and depth. Candidates may find it helpful to consider the various roles the doctor may adopt in the course of ordinary practice, for example:

    Other International Examinations
    • Required Examinations

    OMSB Part II Examination

    • Optional Examinations Arab Board Examination

    Diploma in Child Health (DCH)