Part 1 & Part 2 Written Update

MRCP(UK) Written examinations in 2022 will continue to be delivered entirely online using a proctoring service via the Surpass assessment system. This is available for candidates within the UK and Republic of Ireland. Read more here.

Part 2 Clinical (PACES) Update

We are pleased to announce that the PACES examination in the UK will revert to the pre-COVID, five station, format from the 2022/2 diet. This means that there will no longer be a two mini cycle format, and all stations will be run on a face-to-face basis. The change back to the standard carousel will allow MRCP(UK) to increase the number of examination places offered, and the range of candidates that we are able to accommodate in the examination.

In addition, candidates are asked to note the change in the prioritisation criteria for allocating spaces in this diet. Full details are given in the PACES UK 2022/2 Prioritisation Criteria update here.

In order to maximise the number of examination spaces, some centres will be running cycles for six (rather than the usual five) candidates. This will mean that candidates will still be assessed in the normal five stations but that there will be a sixth “rest” station during their examination, and that the total time of the examination will therefore be increased by around 30 minutes in these centres. Candidates will be informed whether they will be in a five or six candidate cycle when they receive their centre allocation. The General Medical Council has authorised introduction of the six station model following analysis conducted by MRCP(UK) on delivery of PACES during the pandemic. This demonstrated that the recent changes to the format of PACES had no impact on delivery or examination outcomes in comparison to previous trends.

Applications for the 2022/3 diet open on Monday 18 July 2022 for one week.

We strongly recommend that candidates keep monitoring the MRCP(UK) website for further updates as well as social media.

MRCP(UK) Specialty Examinations

Specialty Certificate Examinations

The Federation of Royal Colleges of Physicians of the UK, in association with the Specialist Societies, has embarked upon a programme to deliver Specialty Certificate Examinations within the new specialist training structure. The aim of these national assessments, which will complement workplace-based assessments, is to ensure that trainees have sufficient knowledge of their specialty to practice safely and competently as consultants.

The examinations are computer-based and have been rolled out from 2008 onwards. The following specialties are participating in the development of the Specialty Certificate Examinations under the aegis of the MRCP(UK) Central Office:

  • Acute Medicine
  • Dermatology
  • Endocrinology and Diabetes
  • Geriatric Medicine
  • Medical Oncology
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology
  • Palliative Medicine
  • Respiratory Medicine
  • Rheumatology

For further information on Specialty Certificate Examinations, visit the MRCP(UK) website.

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