The CCSO Specialist Oral Exam and Skills Testing Exam will be scheduled following successful completion of all requirements for the CCSO Specialist designation; and, as per the availability and mutual convenience of the CCSO Specialist Review Panel and the candidate. The objective of the Specialist Oral Exam and Skills Testing Exam is to evaluate the candidate on their knowledge base, skill set and professional competence in a specific specialty area. As such, clinicians will be evaluated on patient care and related research.
As such, all candidates will be examined on the basis of all documents they have submitted to the CCSO Specialist Review Panel.
We recognize that the prospect of sitting for the CCSO Specialist Oral Exam and Skills Testing Exam may be a little intimidating. As such, the CCSO Specialist Review Committee conducting the Oral Exam and Skills Testing Exam include individuals who have reviewed your application form and are expertly familiar with the specialty area themselves. We encourage you to review all documents that were submitted for Specialist points, and be prepared to discuss them.
The CCSO Specialist Review Committee will meet and decide as a group whether the candidate was successful on their Oral Exam and Skills Testing Exam. Candidates who were successful in completing all CCSO Specialist designation requirements will be immediately added to the CCSO Specialist database.
Those that were not successful will be given a detailed list of areas to improve on and/or a list of additional requirements to complete before they may sit for another CCSO Specialist Oral Exam and Skills Testing Exam.