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Education & Training

SICOT Diploma Examination 

In 2003, for the first time, SICOT held an examination for orthopaedic trainees during its Annual International Conference in Cairo, Egypt. The overall results of this first experience were very encouraging, and a SICOT Diploma Examination has been held every year since then. 

1 Cairo, Egypt 10 September 2003
2 Havana, Cuba 25 & 26 September 2004
3 Istanbul, Turkey 2 & 4 September 2005
4 Buenos Aires, Argentina 24 August 2006
5 Marrakech, Morocco 27 August 2007
6 Hong Kong, China 24 August 2008
7 Pattaya, Thailand 29 October 2009
8 Gothenburg, Sweden 31 August 2010
9 Prague, Czech Republic 5 & 6 September 2011
10 Dubai, United Arab Emirates 26 & 27 November 2012
11 Hyderabad, India 15 & 16 October 2013
12 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil November 2014

The twelfth SICOT Diploma Examination will take place during the  XXVI SICOT Triennial World Congress combined with 46th SBOT Annual Meeting in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in November 2014 and will consist of a written part and an oral part. More information can be found here.

The written part of the examination is comprised of 100 multiple choice questions and lasts two hours. The subjects questioned are in the following categories:

  • General Orthopaedics
  • Trauma
  • Paediatrics
  • Pathology
  • Sports Medicine
  • Hand
  • Basic Sciences

The oral part also lasts two hours. Each candidate is examined by two examiners in each of the four major subjects:

  • Adult Orthopaedics and Pathology
  • Trauma
  • Paediatrics and Hands
  • The Basic Sciences

The maximum number of candidates for the examination is 48. Candidates must be members of SICOT or in the process of applying for membership at the time of registration.

Successful candidates are presented with a diploma.

German SICOT Fellowship

Funded by the SICOT German section

The fellowship was awarded for the first time in 2005 and is presented to the two best candidates who pass the annual SICOT Diploma Examination. The two fellows are invited to visit well-known German orthopaedic centres for a period of four weeks. Travel is organised by the German Section of SICOT. Special interests of the fellows are taken into consideration in the choice of hosting centres. The sponsorship also includes: an economy class air ticket, food and accommodation, travel expenses within Germany and an allowance up to a maximum total of EUR 2,500 per fellow.

The two candidates (who must be members of SICOT) are selected by the Board of Examiners at the end of the SICOT Diploma Examination. Besides an excellent exam result, good knowledge of the English language is the main selection criterion.

The purpose of the fellowship is to reward participants in the examination for their achievements and to give them the opportunity to meet with leading German orthopaedic surgeons. 

More information

If you have any questions about the SICOT Diploma Examination, please send an e-mail to: 

Please click here to download Prof John C.Y. Leong's plenary speech on "Training of Orthopaedic Surgeons – Educational Objectives and the SICOT Diploma Examination" given at the Combined Meeting of the ASEAN Orthopaedic Association, Vietnamese Orthopaedic Association and Spine Society of Vietnam on 6 December 2007.