PG Medical in UK and MRCP Exams
MRCP-UK (Membership of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom) is a postgraduate diploma in medicine that makes one eligible for Postgraduate Specialist Training in the United Kingdom (UK). The MRCP examination is a common three part assessment in general medicine which is administered jointly by the three Medical Royal Colleges of Physicians and Surgeons located in London, Edinburg and Glasgow.
Gaining membership with the Royal Colleges of Physicians through the MRCP (UK) Diploma provides the best pathway for the International Medical Graduates to pursue their PG Medical education in the UK as they get the eligibility to apply for the Specialist Training in UK.
Our experienced team members will guide you through the entire journey with preparing and taking the MRCP examinations, training posts, specialist training round application, etc. The MRCP (UK) Examination provides effective, reliable proof of achievement in medical knowledge, clinical skills and behavior, and is a mandatory component of assessment for Core Medical Training (CMT) for PG Medical Training in the UK. The MRCP exams consists of two written parts and one clinical examination, which are held in UK and various countries including India.
The applicants to Specialist Training are required to have 1 year working experience in a specialty area and are required to present the evidence of the same while they apply for Specialist Training after MRCP exams. The appointment panels decide if a doctor has presented evidence of achievement of the required competences for entry into specialist level training.
International Medical Graduate applicants with MRCP can apply to enter into a specialist training program beyond ST1, with a Certificate confirming Eligibility for Specialist Registration (CESR) to join the Specialist Register. It is essential that the international doctors applying for entry into specialty training programs, to meet the requirements of the deaneries and the relevant medical Royal Colleges and apply for the Specialist Training.
The experience documents should clearly reflect competencies gained, which can be log books, appointment letter/contract, and training completion letter which is awarded to a successful applicant on appointment to a run-through training program. Applicants are required to provide documentary evidence of this with their specialist training application. Acceptable evidence would be letters of appointment to a training post or a training rotation from the relevant hospital, Trust or postgraduate dean.
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FAQs on MRCP exams for International Medical Graduates
MRCP Part 1
What are the requirements for being eligible to undertake the MRCP Part 1 examination?
All candidates must have 12 month medical experience.
How many attempts do I have?
As soon as you have been accepted to sit the MRCP Part 1 examination, you are entitled to an unlimited number of attempts.
How do I withdraw my MRCP Part 1 application?
Candidates can withdraw their MRCP Part 1 application by writing a letter to the admission office. Candidates will get a 90% refund (minus 10% administration fees) if the withdraw prior to the closing date. The full refund will be declined if candidates withdraw after the closing date.
MRCP Part 2 written
What are the requirements for being eligible to undertake the MRCP Part 2 written examination?
All candidates must have completed 12 months of medical experience/training.
How many attempts do I have?
As soon as you have been accepted to sit the MRCP Part 2 examination, you are entitled to an unlimited number of attempts.
How do I withdraw my MRCP Part 2 written application?
Candidates can withdraw their MRCP Part 2 written application by writing a letter to the admission office. will get a 90% refund (minus 10% administration fees) if the withdraw prior to the closing date. The full refund will be declined if candidates withdraw after the closing date.
When should I send my application?
Candidates are advised to send in their application as early as possible due to the limited number of examination places. The cut off date is four weeks prior to the PACES examination.
What are the requirements for being eligible to undertake the MRCP PACES examination?
Candidates are eligible for the MRCP PACES examination once they have passed or been exempted from the MRCP Part 1 and MRCP Part 2 written examinations. All applicants are also required to have two and a half years experiences in which 12 months were spent as a Senior House Officer. It is also assumed that all applicants have had acute medicine training for at least six months. If you do not have acute medicine training you are expected to obtain the experience before applying.
When does my period of eligibility start and end?
Candidates are eligible for the MRCP PACES examination at the second diet of the PACES AFTER they have successfully passed the MRCP Part 2 examination. Each candidate is given three attempts over a three year period to pass PACES.
How can I use experience gained overseas towards MRCP PACES?
Overseas experience and training may be acceptable if they meet the PACES examination regulation. Contact the Royal Colleges for more details.
What do I do if I am undertaking the MRCP PACES examination overseas?
Candidates need to contact the PACES organisers in their own countries.
When do I found out when and where the MRCP PACES examination is taking place?
Candidates will find out the time and location of the MRCP PACES two weeks prior to the examination.
How will I found out if I have been accepted to take the MRCP PACES examination?
An email will be sent out to all applicant confirming the receipt of application. A letter will be sent out to confirm if you have been offered a placement at the exam. Timescales of when the confirmation letters are sent vary however they are usually sent a week or two after the closing date.
How do I withdraw my MRCP PACES application?
Candidates can withdraw their PACES application by writing a letter to the relevant Royal College of entry. Fax and emails as long as the signed letter is also sent. Candidates will get a 90% refund (minus 10% administration fees) if the withdraw prior to the closing date. The full refund will be declined if candidates withdraw after the closing date.
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