Knowledge Based Assessment in Cardiology
KBA 2013 Update - January 2013
Following review of the performance of the 2012 KBA including feedback from candidates, the KBA Board has decided to move the exam away from the BCS Annual Conference to a professional exam provider. So from 2013, rather than running the exam ourselves at our Annual Conference, the KBA will be held at the end of June in numerous Pearson Vue exam centres across the UK.
We have chosen Pearson Vue in collaboration with the ESC/UEMS who wish to develop a European Exam in Cardiology, so as well as cities across the UK there will be exams in Pearson Vue centres across Europe for other European Countries taking part in the ESC/UEMS led European Exam.
Moving to a professional exam provider means that we can offer candidates greater flexibility in venue and date, as we are no longer restricted to the Sunday before our Annual Conference. We also hope to be able to offer morning or afternoon slots for the exam, which we will confirm with candidates nearer to the date of the exam. We will still be constrained to a single day which will be Thursday 20th June 2013. A further beneficial side-effect of our move to a professional exam provider is that we will be able to constrain rising costs and the exam entrance fee will actually be lowered to £400 for 2013.
With the help of the BJCA, the use of Pearson Vue for the KBA was trialled in October by the BCS and ESC, with feedback and results being very positive. We hope that the move to a professional exam body will improve the experience for our trainees sitting the KBA, as well as help contribute towards the ESC/UEMS project of developing a European Exam in Cardiology.
2013 Exam Online Registration and Venue
The date for this years' KBA will be Thursday 20th June 2013. The exam will run in a variety of Pearson Vue centres around UK, and also in other European countries (for those National Societies of the ESC taking part).
Online registration is now closed! If you are a UK Cardiology Trainee in St5 and have not registered, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Once candidates have registered with BCS for the exam, at the beginning of April your details will be sent to Pearson Vue who will invite you to register with their website in order to select the venue of your choice. Venue selection will be on a first-come-first-served basis, so registered candidates are advised to respond to the Pearson Vue invite quickly in order to secure their first choice venue.
Please note, the ESC Online textbook is no longer included in the price of the exam fee (all BCS Members get free access to the ESC Online Textbook).
If you have any questions on sitting the exam, please email email@example.com
About the KBA
The KBA is intended to assess a cardiology StR's knowledge of the core areas of cardiovascular medicine. The required knowledge is set out in the specialty training curriculum for cardiology. Appropriate sources of information include general text-books e.g. the ESC text book of cardiovascular medicine, teaching sections in academic journals e.g. Education in Heart, and published guidelines, e.g. ESC clinical practice guidelines. These resources are not intended as an exhaustive reading list just as examples and trainees will be expected to have developed their knowledge using the wide variety of sources available.
The KBA is an obligatory part of Cardiology Training in the UK for those enrolled on the 2007 curriculum. It should be noted that the KBA exam will only be one part of the assessment of Cardiology training for StRs and will sit alongside the WPBAs (workplace based assessments) as part of the ARCP (annual review of competence progression). This exam is intended for UK Cardiology Trainees that are in St5 only. There will be some St6 trainees who started their programme after August 2007 that also needed to take the exam as part of completing the 2007 curriculum.
These webpages contain information on the KBA for candidates, including how to prepare and sample questions
Standard Operating Procedures for the KBA
A Standard Operating Procedures document has been produced to outline all areas of the KBA, including governance, structure and development. Click here to download the Standard Operating Procedures for the BCS KBA.
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