“Good number of patients and variety of diagnosis”
“By far the best course I have attended”
“Good organisation and interesting case mix”
“Patient/student ratio very appropriate”
“Thank you — keep up the good work”
“Excellent teaching environment ... examiners very supportive”
The course takes place in the Outpatients Department of Northwick Park
Hospital, the same venue as the clinical examination.
All teaching faculty have experience and knowledge on MRCP Part II
examination techniques, including the PACES exam.
Approximately 80+ patients attend and are selected with care and audited
at each course to ensure standards are optimal.
Day one consists of six stations (five clinical + ethics in the morning
and history taking in the afternoon) with five patients per clinical station
who have a variety of diagnoses. Candidates will have the opportunity to
present their findings to an examiner during the session.
The morning of day two now offers six station rotations with six
candidates and one examiner per group. Each station will have five patients
around a single disease system and each candidate will examine one patient
and observe the other candidates examining. The examiner will provide
individual one to one assessment of clinical ability on all the different
systems. Rotations include communication skills.
The afternoon of day two will consist of a `mock’ PACES exam. Each
candidate will individually rotate around four stations including history
taking and breaking bad news. Constructive criticism on system technique,
including strengths and weaknesses, will be given to each candidate. There
will also be the opportunity to examine the patients not previously seen on
the other exam rotations.