Specialty training in occupational medicine requires trainees, in approved training posts, to pass two examinations. The first, Part 1 MFOM, is taken in the first year.
This examination is also available to doctors who are training outwith approved training posts, subject to certain conditions.
The regulations for the Part 1 MFOM are based on the MCQ section of the Regulations for the Diploma in Occupational Medicine. The syllabus is also related to the DOccMed’s syllabus, which must be read in conjunction with the Regulations for the award of Membership.
The Part 1 MFOM examination comprises a multiple choice question (MCQ) paper. It is the same examination as set for the MCQ component of the Diploma in Occupational Medicine. The Part 1 MFOM, however, will not include the portfolio and oral defence components of the Diploma, which are tested by other means and at a different level during the specialist training programme.
The Regulations for the award of Membership recommend that, in preparation for the Part 1 MFOM examination, candidates undertake an appropriate academic course, such as a Faculty-approved Diploma Training Course. This is not mandatory (i.e. Diploma regulation D2 does not apply) if the intention is only to sit the Part 1 examination. Some candidates may elect voluntarily to attempt the Diploma in Occupational Medicine (although this is not a requirement of specialist training). Please see the Diploma in Occupational Medicine page for a list of appropriate academic courses.