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By the way, RCPsych exams are changing!!!

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Without the Critical appraisal, Essay etc I doubt its gonna get any tougher..

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Critical appraisal is included in Paper 3 along with MCQ. The good thing is you can have 3 attempts at clinicals after passing paper 3.

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It sounds to me like they are creating a breed of extended SHO's in the name of ST. It undermines the specialty training.

The old way gave 3 yrs for the trainee to learn the specialty after the exams- i mean old age / C&A / Psychotherapy / Forensic / GA / LD. This one makes the trainee learn critical appraisal much later and still keep working on exams which is general - so when does a trainee get to work on higher specialty??

How on earth are they going train people in higher specialties?? And how are they going to select them?

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it is very hard to judge it now. let's see what will happen in a few years time. of course there will be problems that will only appear when they will implement the sysytem. in america it is not a requirement to finish your exam to be a consultant. it might be going this way in England in a few years time

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