This vacancy is closed since 21 May 2021.

Associate Director of Surgical Examinations

Overview of role

The Associate Director of Surgical Examinations (one of two Associates) will support the Director and Deputy Director of Surgical Examinations in providing a clinical leadership role in the IMRCS examination representing the College’s interests within the Intercollegiate Committee for Basic Surgical Examinations’ (ICBSE) as directed.

Key responsibilities

  • Support the Director of Surgical Examinations in providing clinical input on behalf of the College in the development and delivery of examinations
  • Contribute to the business of Surgical Examinations Board throughout the year as directed by the Director or Deputy Director of Surgical Examinations and in conjunction with the Education and Assessment team
  • Assist with regular training of examiners to ensure maintenance of examiner panels
  • Represent the College as Associate Director of Surgical Examinations on the ICBSE’s Internal Quality Assurance (IQA) committee in the absence of the Deputy Director
  • Deputise for the Deputy Director of Surgical Examinations as required on identified intercollegiate bodies and other committees as required (in particular ICBSE-related groups)
  • Provide Lead Examiner cover for diets of MRCS Part B annually as directed by the Director of Surgical Examinations
  • Provide clinical expertise to assist College staff in the identification and procurement of appropriate clinical props for MRCS Part B examination delivery
  • Working with College staff, identify and secure involvement of patients for Glasgow Part B examination diets and identify clinical contacts who can assist in the recruitment of patients for examinations. (For applicants not based in the West of Scotland: Work with College staff to identify clinical contacts who can support the recruitment of patients for examinations)
  • Undertake other duties as appropriate

Person Specification

The Associate Director of Surgical Examinations should be a Member or Fellow of the College in good standing. They will have an active interest, knowledge, enthusiasm and commitment to education and assessment, with a working knowledge of the career progression of surgeons in the UK and internationally.

The successful applicant should have experience in examining the qualifications covered by this role, and have relevant experience in examination preparation. They may have held a role in medical education or have a qualification or accreditation and appropriate relevant experience.

They will demonstrate the following skills, knowledge and experience:

  • Wide knowledge of postgraduate surgical education issues and familiarity with educational concepts
  • Understanding of GMC regulatory framework and assessment principles
  • Demonstrable interest in College Intercollegiate activity
  • Extensive experience as IMRCS examiner with detailed knowledge of the examination
  • Understanding of quality assurance in relation to examinations
  • Currently practising as substantive NHS consultant and in good standing with employer, College(s) and GMC
  • Leadership qualities
  • Ability to work well in a team with excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Evidence of achievement, commitment and initiative
  • Tact and diplomacy
  • Significant record of College or Intercollegiate activity

If you would like to discuss the position further, please contact the Director of Education and Assessment, Fiona Winter, via Helen Waland by emailing

Applications for this post should be submitted via email in the first instance to:

Mrs E Mitchell
PA to Chief Operating Officer

by Friday 21 May 2021 at 12 noon. Applications should comprise a covering letter, outlining qualifications, personal qualities, suitability for this role and reasons for wishing to undertake this role, together with a full curriculum vitae. Interviews will be held via Microsoft Teams on the morning of Tuesday 25 May 2021.

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