The diploma in family medicine examination; a scientific exercise.

R. W. Zuberi, N. A. Jafarey, A. F. Qureshi, F. Elahi

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The Diploma in Family Medicine (DFM) Examination is a new certification offered by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Pakistan, and its Department of Medical Education designed a scientific examination. First, the Expert Advisory Committee for Family Medicine was formed, relevant training objectives were determined, a training programme to achieve the objectives was designed and a valid syllabus was chosen. Then the examination was designed, where the candidates must pass the objective theory papers before taking the clinical examination. The clinical examination consisted of an Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) and traditional case presentations. The candidates had to pass each of the components, and attain an overall aggregate of 60%. In the first six examinations, 752 candidates sat for the theory examinations, 332 (44.14%) were eligible for the clinical examination, and 170 (23%) passed. If 60% marks obtained in case presentations is taken as the gold standard which is the current CPSP policy and compared to OSCE marks, then 75% marks in OSCE had a sensitivity of 67% and a specificity of 79%.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)217-220
Number of pages4
JournalJPMA. The Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1993


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