Advice and Resources for Specialty Certificate Exam in Endocrinology by Royal College of Physicians, UK

Tips and resources for ENDO SCE from someone who has already passed the exam:


1- Lecture Notes: Endocrinolgy and Diabetes - By Prof Karim Meeran And Amir Sam

2- endo SCE MCQs (although these are easier than the exam questions)

3- ESAP 2013 (endocrinology self-assessment exam). The difficulty level is same as the actual exam. 160 online MCQs with explanation plus a module. 2 year online access. Cost: USD 350 plus shipping for module.

4- Oxford Handbook of Endocrinology

5- Latest Endocrinology journals.

6- NICE guidelines

Some Resources

A great website resource to help clinicians find published studies with some ease. This site lists key diabetes and endocrine publications on one site for anyone interested in diabetes and endocrinology. excellent source of BOFs for Endocrine SCE. 132 questions. Make a free account and start. great free resource for SCE Endocrinology. A bit of a hassle to make an account but it has 670 excellent free MCQs. Making a free account for this website is a bit confusing. This is how you make an account on website: Go to Click 'get access code' it will take you to a form which you fill, no need to write anything in exam result part. Tick the Endocrine and Diabetes choice and just send the form. You will receive an email. Click the heading 'subscribe to list' or something like it in the email, and you will receive another email with the access code. Go to website again paste in the access code and click 'get access', this will take you to a form in which you make a log in account with username and password. From then on you can use the username password to log in.

One doctor's experience of the Specialty Certificate Examination in Endocrinology and Diabetes

The SCE is now a compulsory component of assessment for CCT for all UK trainees in Diabetes & Endocrinology. Trainees who have gained the Certificate in Endocrinology and Diabetes and who are recommended for a CCT will be entitled to apply for the post nominal MRCP (UK) (Endocrinology and Diabetes).

The SCE in Endocrinology and Diabetes is delivered once a year & is composed of two computer-based tests with a total of 200 questions. Each test contains 100 questions and lasts three hours. The tests are based on the MRCP (UK) ‘best of five’ multiple choice questions format & there is no negative marking. The exam fee is £861 (Overseas £1081) for 2013. Candidates can attempt the Specialty Certificate Examination as many times as they wish, subject to continuing satisfaction of the eligibility criteria.

Although The Royal College guidance states that trainees should have at least attempted the examination once before their penultimate year assessment I would strongly encourage colleagues to take it when they feel confident. This would to quite an extent depend upon your clinical experience as this is purely a clinically oriented examination & most of the scenarios I thought were from everyday clinical practice. Hence clinical experience in my view would take preference over theoretical knowledge for this particular examination.

Royal college does not recommend any specific reading material however I can share my personal experience. Exam blueprint & sample questions can be downloaded from the MRCP website

If you are pushed for time, which all of us are these days I would recommend going through Oxford Handbook of Diabetes & Endocrinology (Turner & Wass) which was perhaps my key to success. This is the most comprehensive tool to cover a wide range of high yield topics in a short span of time. would be my second resource for preparation. Going through up to date NICE guidance, in particular guidance related to management of diabetes during pregnancy is a must as there were quite a few questions directly based on current guidance. DVLA guidance regarding driving and Diabetes is worth a glance. Apart from NICE, publications for professionals by societies like ABCD, SFE, and BTA & DUK should be read to polish your preparation apart from keeping abreast of updates in core specialty topics. I would not recommend subscribing to online websites to access their questions banks as the exam is still in its early years and hence there is not a large pool of questions out there. I found such an endeavour a waste of time and money. There were a few pituitary MRI scans & retinal screening photographs hence familiarizing yourself with these can earn a few bonus points.

Last but not the least, I would strongly urge all appearing for the exam to try and take a few days off as study leave immediately before the examination day to revise and regroup your scattered thoughts.
I wish all my colleagues best of luck for their examination.



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