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 Preparing for MRCP



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Preparing  for MRCP (Studying, revising , preparation  for MRCP)


The examinations for Membership of the Royal College of Physicians, MRCP (UK), are designed to test candidates knowledge and skills.


The examinations are in 3 parts (or 2 parts with the 2nd being subdivided into written and practical parts)


They are:


·          MRCP part 1

·          MRCP part 2

·          MRCP PACES


MRCP part 1

Consists of 2 papers each with 100 multiple choice questions in the best of five format


MRCP part 2

Consists of 3 papers in the best of five or n from many format



Is an assessment of clinical skills that tests:

·          History taking skills

·          Clinical examination skills

·          Communication skills


The exams are designed to test different abilities of the candidates


MRCP part 1

It is a test of knowledge

The candidate knows


MRCP part 2

It is a test of interpretation of knowledge

The candidate knows how



It tests the candidate’s ability to demonstrate clinical competence

The candidate shows how


Essential Prerequisites

In order to get through these exams and obtain membership of the Royal College of Physicians, candidates must have:

·          Knowledge

·          Clinical Skills

·          Exam technique



In order to learn it is essential to:

·          Understand

·          Remember

Read chapter 1 of KEYS to SUCCESS in Medicine where this is discussed in detail



Repeated revision is the best way to consolidate your knowledge ,this makes recall easier and thereby facilitates interpretation.

It is not possible to revise from one of the larger textbooks simply because they are too big

KEYS to SUCCESS in Medicine has been specifically designed for revision and you will find this the easiest way to undertake multiple revisions

ACES for PACES, although not a revision book, is laid out in such a manner that you will find it very easy to read and as the information has been compartmentalised you will find it easy to revise essential clinical information using it.


Clinical Skills

In order to master clinical skills it is essential to understand the objectives of clinical method, learn good techniques and practice

Read ACES for PACES preface and chapters 2-7


Exam Technique

·          This is best learned from a good teacher

·          If you do not have this opportunity practice past exam papers

·          Keep in mind that the secret of answering multiple-choice type of questions is to break down the question into small components.

·          As you read, try and work out the diagnosis, if it is a clinical scenario, then work out what the examiner is trying to assess.

·          Then decide on an answer before looking for the answer in the responses given.

·          Do not read the whole question as a single entity

·          This will confuse you by bringing up too many options


Recommended Preparation

These are our recommendations for preparing for the different parts of the MRCP examination


MRCP part 1

·          Start off by reading ACES for PACES and KEYS to SUCCESS in Medicine

·          This is a preliminary read through and should be done rapidly to get a feel of the books and the subjects

·          Next start doing best of five (BOF) questions

·          Use the ydr website and other resources available (books, websites)

·          Go slowly, one question at a time and revise the topics covered from KEYS to SUCCESS in Medicine and ACES for PACES

·          This is the time to read more extensively if necessary (use one of the big textbooks or reference textbooks or the books that have revision notes on specific subjects such as basic sciences)

·          Highlight anything you feel requires further emphasis

·          If there are any further points that you wish to add, make a note in the book or include a post-it or write a very short note on paper and append it to the book

·         The revision tips given on the ydr website will guide you to what to read and importantly where to make your additional notes so that your main study resource grows with your revision

·          This way as your revision proceeds you will have a single resource where all your information is stored

·          If you attend a lecture or a meeting or hear some useful information in a ward round, add that information to one of the books in the appropriate section

·          Continue working this way with questions and reading but as you progress you will be doing more questions and less reading as your knowledge and recall improves


MRCP part 2

·          The questions in MRCP part 2 test your ability to interpret findings and plan investigation and management

·          The questions are based on clinical scenarios (grey cases), image recognition and data interpretation

·          At this stage you will have to start reading books on radiology and other investigations as well as your primary resource of KEYS to SUCCESS in Medicine and ACES for PACES

·          The section on books for MRCP gives recommendations and the links section will give you leads to useful websites

·          Start doing questions on MRCP part 2 using books mainly and some websites

·          Proceed in the same way making whatever additions you need to your primary resources KEYS to SUCCESS in Medicine and ACES for PACES



·          When you come to this stage your main focus will be on seeing as many patients as possible, doing as many clinical examinations as possible and interacting with patients – taking histories and communicating

·          Practice history taking and communication with a partner using one of the many scenario books available

·          Ask a senior to observe you examining patients and taking histories and communicating and ask for feedback

·          Practice presenting cases to a senior

·          If possible attend a PACES course where the emphasis is on teaching rather than seeing many patients, as this will help you refine your techniques

·          Where revision is concerned you have your primary resources of KEYS to SUCCESS in Medicine and ACES for PACES which have all the information required for this part of the exam and by now the information will be very familiar to you and will be very easy to revise




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