Court of Examiners has been established by
RCSI with a view to providing due recognition
to the role of examiners while providing a
framework that will maintain and enhance
standards of excellence in examinership. Mr
Magee emphasises the centrality of examination
and assessment within RCSI's array of activities: "Examination
and assessment are intrinsic to our purpose as a College. They are
core activities of our participating surgeons in the education and
assessment of future generations of practitioners.
"There has been a perception that examiners in the College are
undervalued. The establishment of the Court acknowledges, to the
fullest extent, the essential contribution which examiners make to
the advancement of our mission, as a College, `to educate, nurture
and discover for the benefit of human health'."
The Court has been conceived with the intention of achieving
multiple benefits, he says: "By formalising the status of the
examiner's role, the Court should also help in increasing
recruitment to the examiner cohort, in itself a vital process.
Furthermore, once the Court of Examiners is up and running it
will also be able to provide a useful and innovative forum through
which examiners can voice opinions and offer feedback about the
examination process in ways that can influence the future direction
and shape of that process."
While these objectives embody broadly positive aspirations, Mr
Magee points out that they will be delivered via specific, practical
"The Court of Examiners is designed to provide a series of clear-
cut deliverables. Firstly, it will cast a spotlight on, and heighten
the profile of, postgraduate examining at RCSI. Secondly, it will
provide a mechanism to recognise the ongoing commitment of
existing RCSI postgraduate surgical examiners while opening up
opportunities for other College Fellows to participate in RCSI's
domestic and overseas examinations.
"In the medium term, it will allow for the rotation of examiners and
facilitate a focus on examiner development, as well as other CPD
activities. In addition, it can act as a means to communicate with
College Fellows about other overseas activities in which they may
wish to be involved."
There are a range of opportunities available for anyone wishing to
become involved as an Examiner. These are as follows:
Intercollegiate MRCS Surgical Examiner in `Part B' OSCE /
Intercollegiate DO-HNS / MRCS (ENT) Surgical Examiner in
`Part 2' OSCE examination; and,
Intercollegiate FRCS / JSCFE Surgical Examiner in `Section 2'
Oral and Clinical examination.
RECOGNISES VITAL ROLE
MR DECLAN J. MAGEE, VICE PRESIDENT, RCSI, SPOKE TO
SURGICAL SCOPE ABOUT THE ESTABLISHMENT OF RCSI'S
COURT OF EXAMINERS
Mr Declan J. Magee, Vice President, RCSI