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49 Pa. Code § 17.12d. SPEX Examination.

§ 17.12d. SPEX Examination.

 The Special Purpose Examination, SPEX, is a 1-day examination focusing on a core of clinical knowledge and relevant, underlying basic science principles necessary to form a reasonable foundation for the safe and effective practice of medicine. The SPEX was developed by the NBME at the direction of the Federation to be a cognitive examination to assist the assessment of current competence requisite for medical practice by physicians who hold or have held a valid license in a United States jurisdiction. A passing score on SPEX is 75 as determined by the Federation. When the Board determines that an examination is required for a medical doctor coincident to a disciplinary or corrective measure, the requirement may be satisfied by passing the SPEX.


   The provisions of this §  17.12d adopted April 8, 1994, effective April 9, 1994, 24 Pa.B. 1838.

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