Part 1 Exam Pathology In Malaysia

Just finished my part 1 exam pathology. I am still worried at this moment because the result was not out yet. However, I should share my experience going through the exam. It was fun, at the same time can make one feel suicidal.

So, after 1 year of studying pathology, you will be tested on your knowledge in this part 1 exam. This exam is a compulsory exam to book yourself a place in part 2 of the program. Failing this exam will make you repeat the whole year of study. The exam will only be held once a year, so you will only have one chance to do it every year.

My exam this year held in University Sains Malaysia,Kota Bharu Kelantan. Every year they will change the venue. The exam was pretty simple in its format. 2 theory exam, 2 practical (OSPE) exam. (it does sound simple). The theory paper will be divided into 2 subject each, anatomical pathology + Microbiology, and Hematology+ Chemical pathology. So 1 theory exam will contain 2 subjects. in 1 theory exam there will be divided into two part, MCQ and essay. There will be 40 MCQ question true and false with 5 true false option each, this will make it 200 statement which you need to classified as true or false. The essay will be 1-2 essay for each subject. Depending on those who set the question. MCQ will be 1 hour. 2-3 essay for another 1 hour.

Total hours for theory exam will be 4 hours for all subjects. Usually they divide it into 2 days to prevent suicidal or homicidal feeling to occur.

The practical exam (OSPE) consist of 10 station for each subjects, so total station would be 40. they will be held in two separated days to prevent what I have mention above, or due to practicality. You need a very big lab or exam hall to prepare that much station for each student. 8 minutes are allocated for each station, thus 40 station will be 320 minutes. It will be around 5 hours to complete this exam. Two and a half hours per day.

That's the format. For MCQ part, they can ask anything. For practical, they give common diseases encounter in your work as a pathologist.

The questions, were really hard. I cannot say it was easy. Even though I said so, when I double check, I answered it wrong. Safe to say that the question was enough to make you depressed for the whole week spend for the exam.

During the exam, I did not think about the question anymore, I was thinking on when will the exam finish and I want to run away from USM. This experienced make my memory in USM very dark. I was praying hard that I can go through the exam still alive and breathing. I can tell you, that the exam was more difficult than SPM, more difficult than your undergraduate final exam, more difficult than the entrance exam. I feel depressed even when I write about it now.

Fortunately, I went through the exam, and now I am waiting for my flight to go back home to my family in Sabah. I feel like I have been damaged so bad now. I feel like..I do not know what to feel anymore.

The result will be out next week. I hope that everyone in my group will past. Because I have seen each of them struggling hard for the exam, and I know they were stressed.


This was written when I was at the airport waiting for my flight to Sabah. When I arrived in Sabah, I forgot to post this. It's a bit late then.

Now, I am posting this today, 2 days before the result came out. I am so stressed right now.

Good bye KL for now.


  1. Hi...hows ur result.
    Would be mind share your study tips for part 1 on your next post.

    Joining patho master next wk

  2. Replies
    1. Congrats....but still will wait for the post.

  3. Would like to ask if you have any idea about trainee lecturer post in pathology?

    1. Trainee lecturer will go the same process with other pathology candidates. The only difference is their sponsorship will be handled by respective university. Have to join the university first then applied for pathology coirse directly from the university.


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