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How to pass MRCP UK part 1 exam

mrcp uk exam is a huge step in your medical career and it is a difficult exam only if you did not prepare well and it is actually very passable and straightforward  exam if you know how to prepare for it and used the right tools  here is some tips

1- give your self good time for preparation say 4 to 6 months if you are not so busy or 8 to 10 month if are a busy doctor and don’t have ample free time for preparation

2- concentrate your initial reading efforts on philip kalra book (essential revision notes for mrcp) and OXFORD HANDBOOK OF CLINICAL MEDICINE these 2 books in my opinion combined with easterbrook book for basic science is more than enough to study for mrcp uk part 1  and the most important thing you have to notice is that you have to buy the latest editions of these books as you are required to have the latest knowledge  about diagnosis and management not more 18 months before the actual exam date and as for bigger textbooks like kumar and davidson you can resort to it from time to time to clarify some points only.

3- subscribe to one or two online mrcp revision courses and the best ones in my opinion is and pastest courses which have a huge question bank containing thousands of multiple choice questions that covers all aspects of mrcp curriculum  and every question is followed by good explanation and the good thing is many questions is taken from previous exams of MRCP UK part1   and both courses are much better and more comprehensive than all best of five questions books you can find in the market today which is mostly not related directly to questions you will actually have in the real exam

4- in the exam day don’t arrive at exam center so early  i mean like 2 hours or something and don’t discuss exam wi

th any other candidate either before the exam or in-between paper one and paper 2 as this will only increase your nervousness.

here is some useful websites

mrcp uk exam official website

pastest course

onexamination course

good luck for all  MRCP UK part 1 candidates.

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 You know what they say…pass it along…so after my two tries at the Mrcp Paces I finally passed in on the third try. After all that I have learned from this experience I feel I should inform you to help you hopefully from avoiding the pitfalls I fell into. So for what its worth here is some of what I think is important information…

Think before you speak.

Don’t blurt out your answers. Stay calm think about what the examiner is asking then answer calmly.

Presentation and Study go hand in hand.

Don’t lose sight of what the paces exam is focused on which is the common diseases and not the rare diseases as those in the first two parts of the written exams. Follow these steps for this segment…

For the study sector

In respect to the individual branches of the exam study about sixof the most common diseases that are most often found in the exam. Focus all your studies on these paying attention to details.

If you do this you will not be taken off guard by the examiners

Line of questioning.


For the presentation sector

By knowing the most common diseases first you will be able to utilize them when you are questioned about differential diagnosis.

Be alert.

Don’t rush through your inspection like you can’t wait to get it over with. There are clues possibly around your patient area that might assist you in your diagnosis. For example if the patient is a chest case then there may be sputum pots or inhalers close by. Thyroid patients often have a glass of water in the vicinity. Use these as indicators for your diagnosis.

Let go of the past.

When you have completed one station, then forget about it. You need all of your time to prepare for the next one. Clear your thoughts while you focus on the next station especially if this is the communication skills and history taking segment. You are only going to have five minutes to read the clinical evaluation paper. You have to put the key factors of this to memory and compose your conversation that is coming up around this.

Put on a good front.

The last thing you want to do is look nervous or insecure. Confidence in what you are doing paints the right picture of you to the examiner.

Conduct yourself accordingly.

This specifically refers to the client contact. Upon the conclusion of your examination thank the patient then turn away from him. You are now addressing the examiner. Keep your eyes focused on him. The examiner will ask you what you have discovered in your examination. Avoid glancing at the patient. Keep your eyes on the examiner and answer him directly.

Be clear and be heard.

Don’t mumble it shows a sign of insecurity. Don’t yell either. Concentrate on keep your tones as normal speech when conversing with both the patient and the examiner.

Don’t use your imagination.

If you have any doubts about some possible signs you may have observed during your examination don’t mentions them. Only focus on what you are sure of. You don’t want to be expending knowledge on something that isn’t there. This is important as it is better to miss something then fabricate it to the examiners.

Be specific.

Remember your presentation is about the patient at hand and his/her specific condition, not the ailment in general. In others words if the patient suffers from COPD, then talk about the specific criteria that the patient is presenting with this condition. Not the generalities of COPD. For example nebulizers and intravenous antibiotics, and corticosterioid would be the treatment for a patient in exacerbation. So you would focus on this. If your patient were stable then your course of treatment would probably be inhalers, so therefore you would talk about this. In other words talk about your patient and his problem. Not the problem in clinical terms.


Make your patients your best friend.

This is in reference to the purposes of practice. You need to have lots of practice so you are going to be confident in your examination during your presentation. Practice makes perfect so do so every opportunity you can.

Keep your chin up.

At the conclusion of it all don’t second guess yourself. Every examiner is different and have their own acceptances of mistakes and errors. It may be that you made a serious error but balanced against the right things you did it may not fail you. Such was the case for me. Most often it is the overall performance that counts.

Many thanks for the opportunity to share this with you and I am looking forward to returning with more hints of dos and don’ts for paces.

Wishing the best of luck to all!

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