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MEDSEM9 – 9th Semester Medicine

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Course content

Gynaecology&Obstetrics, Paediatrics, Child Psychiatry, Anatomy, Physiology, Pharmacology, Pathology, Clinical Biochemistry and Physiology, Medical Genetics, General Practice.

Learning outcome

This semester aims to provide a general education in Gynaecology/Obstetrics, Paediatrics and Child Psychiatry for all medical students. The semester will prepare the student by combining theoretical knowledge with clinical practice in a primary care setting, as well as to collaborate with the hospital based maternity and paediatric units (both in- and out-patient based units) in the management of patients.

Learning goals and Learning outcomes


Closed professional degree


Formal prerequisite knowledge

In general, a student who fails an examination cannot progress in the programme until the examination has been passed. Students who resit or take a postponed examination may continue to attend their courses until the examination results are announced, or, if applicable, until the result of the appeal has been confirmed. The student cannot continue the course, but will be transferred to retake the class, if a passing grade is not achieved.

If you have been absent from the study programme for two consecutive years or more, you may be required by the Faculty to repeat previously approved mandatory activities and/or exams.


Lectures, small group teaching, courses, labs and clinical practice. Full time study.

Access to teaching

Special teaching arrangements

You are able tp apply to follow the teaching at a hospital in Oslo or at Ahus if you fulfill the criteria. The criteria for applying are found here


All mandatory teaching in the 9th Semester must be approved in order to take the exam.

Station-based examination

The examination in the 9th semester takes place at the end of the semester and consists of a station-based examination prepared partly according to the OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination) principle. The examination has multiple stations in the following disciplines: gynaecology/obstetrics and paediatrics.

The exam is divided into two parts; one with OSCE-stations and one with written digital tasks.

The entire exam lasts for 4 hours. An orientation about the exam will be given during the semester.

The OSCE part of the exam is built up as a station based exam with 15 stations where 3 are resting stations. At each of the OSCE- stations, the candidates are assigned to one or more tasks to be solved within 7 minutes. Between each station there will be a break of one minute to allow time for transferal to the next station.

The short essay, multiple choice questions/MCQ and questions with short answers are set as a digital examination. Forthe digital part of the exam you will have 2 hours to complete all the assignments.

A trial examination will be organized for the students. There will be no ordinary oral examination, but students failing within one of the disciplines will have to take an oral clinical continuation exam within the failing discipline. If a student fails in any of the disciplines at the continuation exam (or resit), they will have to take the entire station examination again the following semester.

Practical anatomy test (compulsory)

A compulsory anatomy test will be held some weeks after completion of the anatomy teaching. This test must be passed before a student is allowed to enter the final exam of the 9th semester. The test consists of about 20-25 stations with anatomical specimens, models and micrographs of tissue sections. The students are required to name around 80-90 structures and answer questions related to the physiological roles of the structures as they proceed through the stations. Each student is allowed 45 minutes to complete the test. Sixty-five percent of the answers must be correct in order to pass the test. The results will be made available within a week after the test. Those who fail will be given a second chance (oral examination) about two weeks later.

Practical histopathology test (compulsory)

A compulsory test will be held after completion of the pathology teaching. This test must be passed before a student is allowed to enter the final exam of the 9th semester. This test consists of a microscopy station with histopathology sections of selected specimens of relevance. The students are requested to describe features characteristic of the pathological alterations, answer questions and to discuss clinical implications of such histopathological changes. Each student is allowed 45 minutes to complete the test. Sixty-five percent of the answers must be correct to pass the test. Those who fail will be given a second chance about two weeks later.

Testing of skills in writing prescriptions (not applicable for Incoming Exchange Students).

Students are required to pass a test to document their knowledge of drug and prescription regulations and skills in writing prescriptions. This is a one hour written test which will take place Wednesday in semester week 14. For those who do not pass the test, a new test will be scheduled before the end of the semester. Students are not required to pass the test before commencement of the 10th semester, but must pass the test before starting the 11th semester. The requirements for obtaining a temporary licence are described here

Examination support material

Approved calculators:

  • Citizen SR-270X
  • Casio HL-820VA
  • Texas TI-106 (with solar cell)

No other calculator is allowed.

Language of examination

The problem set will be given in English. Answers can be given in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or in English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Number of examination attempts

Resitting an exam

Excused absence from an exam entitles you to take a postponed exam

Withdrawal from an examination

Students who withdraw from an exam before the exam or do not attend an exam and do not have an excused absence can not take a postponed exam.

Special examination arrangements

If you require special examination arrangements due to illness, disability, birth or breast feeding, you must apply for such arrangements at the latest four weeks prior to the exam. A medical certificate or other valid documentation must be included in the application.

Students who are due to give birth within three weeks after the date of the examination and who apply with a certificate stating the due-date, are given 25% extra time for written examinations. For applications for other types of special arrangements, or if there are more than three weeks between the examination date and the due date, a medical certificate describing the student's health condition must be included with the application.

Send the application to or Det medisinske fakultet, Studieseksjonen, P.B. 1078 Blindern, 0316 Oslo


Student evaluation of the content and learning methods in the semester, takes place every 3rd year at the end of the semester. See: Studiekvalitetsarbeid ved profesjonsstudiet i medisin

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