As a Medicine Doctor, to work at ST3+ level within the UK’s National Healthcare System, you will need to obtain full MRCP and a pass in IELTS/OET to evidence your English language skills.
Full MRCP consists of:
In this blog post, we provide you with an overview of the cost of the exam, the examination format, skills tested and a list of useful revision resources.
International test centres
PACES stands for Practical Assessment of Clinical Examination Skills. The exam is designed to test your clinical knowledge and skills of trainee doctors who wants to enter specialist Medicine training.
To sit MRCP PACES, you must have passed the Part 1 and 2 written exams within the last seven years. The Royal College advises that you should have at least two years’ clinical experience following your primary medical qualification.
At a glance:
Brunei, Egypt, Hong Kong, India, Kuwait, Malaysia, Malta, Myanmar, Nairobi, Oman, Qatar, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Sudan, UAE and various UK test centres.
The MRCP PACES exam consists of five clinical stations, each assessed by two independent examiners.
You can start at any one of the five stations and then you will rotate around at 20-minute intervals until you have completed all stations. You will have a five-minute break between each station.
Respiratory – 10 minutes
Abdominal – 10 minutes
History taking – 20 minutes
Cardiovascular – 10 minutes
Neurological – 10 minutes
Communication skills and ethics – 20 minutes
Brief clinical consultation 1 – 10 minutes
Brief clinical consultation 2 – 10 minutes
Physical examination, identifying physical signs, clinical communication, differential diagnosis, clinical judgement, managing patients’ concerns and maintaining patient welfare.
Click here to access the Royal College’s station scenarios to aid your revision.
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Mrcpuk.org. (2019). PACES examination format | MRCPUK. [online] Available at: https://www.mrcpuk.org/mrcpuk-examinations/paces/paces-examination-format [Accessed 30 Sep. 2019].