The CCSO Oral Exam is usually scheduled to coincide with other Educational Conferences as per the availability and mutual convenience of the CCSO Review Panel and the candidate. The objective of the Oral Exam is to evaluate the candidate on their knowledge base, skill set and professional competence. As such, while clinicians will be evaluated on patient care (and related research), non-clinicians will be evaluated on professional activities specific to their field of expertise.
As such, all candidates will be examined on the basis of published works, their credentials and any written work they have submitted to the Review Panel. Whenever possible, a candidate will be examined by the same Review Panel members that reviewed their submitted work.
We recognize that the prospect of sitting for the CCSO Oral Exam (or any oral exam) may be a little intimidating. As such, the CCSO Fellowship Review Committee conducting the Oral Exam include some of the Review Panel members who have reviewed your application. We encourage you to review all written works that were submitted for Fellowship points, and be prepared to discuss them.
The CCSO Fellowship Review Panel will convene and determine collectively whether the candidate passed their Oral Exam. Candidates who fulfilled all Fellowship designation requirements become voting members of the CCSO, and are included in our Fellowship database. Unsuccessful candidates will receive a detailed list of areas to work on and/or a list of extra requirements to finish before they may sit for another Oral Exam.