This is the most common query we a get from medical professionals intending to take the license examination for Gulf Countries. We are listing down simple points to understand the pattern of examination and to choose study material.
Gulf countries license examinations are mostly conducted by Prometric or Pearson Vue. Clinical Requirements and Examination pattern are pretty much the same throughout.
First of all, please do remember that there is no particular study material for each examination. These examinations need proper guidance and study of recent guidelines and protocols. So any study material that provides knowledge of recent guidelines and protocols can lead you towards success. Whatever study material you choose to follow, make sure it’s an authentic source and provides you with authentic knowledge.
- In Middle East countries, American Study material & guidelines are mostly followed. So Books and study material of American text books and USMLE will help you the most to pass your examination.
- For theory, don’t go for major text books. Choose books which can be completed on time. USMLE Step 2 notes are better enough to prepare.
- USMLE Step MCQS are best for examination preparation.
- Passmedicine is another resource to practice MCQs. Choose PLAB portion or Applied Knowledge Test subscription for General Practice Examination.
- Pastest & On Examination isn’t compatible with general practice examination of Middle East Countries. That is more compatible with MRCP Examination Requirement.
- UQU & Past Papers aren’t that much reliable for all preparation. It should be used only in last days before examination.
- For Specialist (Medicine & Allied) examination is mostly written (choose the best five). Examination difficulty is nearly as Post graduation Passing examination. Should know depth of common illness and familiar with updated guidelines. Go through important Guidelines points of American Guidelines.
- Family Medicine Specialist examination is mostly same as General Practice examination. Study material for Family Specialist Examination Passmedicine Applied Knowledge test is more than enough to pass.
- Some Surgical & Allied have both written & oral Examination. First you need to pass Written examination then you go for oral Examination.
- For Obstetrics & Gynecology, choose American Review books and MCQs for study and practice.
Tips and Examination Pattern of Middle East Countries
1 – Examination is clinical subject based, for General Practice & Family Medicine examination (Medicine & allied, Including Pediatrics, Surgery & allied including ENT, EYE, Obs/Gynae).
2 – For specialist after post-graduation can easily identify which books or study material can give comprehensive knowledge of his/her field as per new guidelines and protocols.
3- For examination preparation, an initial self-assessment is mandatory (you need to judge where you stand on clinical knowledge & skills). As per my observation, a physician with 3 years clinical can’t have that much clinical knowledge as a physician with 5 – 10 years clinical experience.
4 – A sincere advise for physicians who are having limited clinical experience; please go for proper studies rather than short cuts. Our recommendation for study material especially for fresh physicians to follow are step 2 Kaplan notes, MTB3, and USMLE Mcqs ( U world or kaplan) or PLAB MCQS or Applied Knowledge Test MCQS at General Practice or Family Physician Level.
5 – The examinations pattern has been changed recently, it used to be mostly from UQU and past papers but now only 10-15 questions are from UQU & past papers.
6 – Start with USMLE notes, Read from authentic sources, do mcqs with proper explanation, (MCQs with authentic explanations is a passive learning). I am referring to USMLE material and notes as they are in simple language and are easy to absorb as compared to oxford handbooks.
7 – Keep UQU, SMLE, SLE & Past papers for last 10 -15 days of your examination.
8 – No examination is easy until you are well prepared.
9 – Senior physicians definitely can pass out exam with little efforts because of their wide clinical experience and efforts for other examinations.
10 – Examination for General Practice is 100 questions and 2.5 hours duration.
11 – Saudi License Examination for General Practice contains 300 questions & 6 hours duration.
12 – No Negative marking.
13 – Your examination result never depends just on your few months preparation, its result of your clinical practice, your previous studies for other exams and current preparation.