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New MRCPsych for the ST 1\'s

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There may be many people in this forum who are new to Psychiatry and who are placed in the ST 1 position.

As the system is in the conversion stage with it's new format, we are left in dilemma..!

How do we approach these exams..?

We do have deadlines to meet with!

Otherwise we won't be able to progress..!

Prior to commencing advanced training it is expected that trainees will have reached the competency level of ST3 including passing all components of the MRCPsych examinations. The permitted timeframes for the examinations includes remedial training times at core levels.

Scary...?

Look at the time frames..!

Paper One (Permitted Timeframe: Mandatory minimum of 12 months Specialist training. Maximum of 24 months of Specialist training by end of ST2) will be a basic paper. This paper will consist of a number of multiple choice questions (MCQs)1 from 5 single best answer, and extended matching questions (EMQs) centering on areas such as history taking, treatment explanation and record keeping (Please refer to eligibility structure document).

Paper Two (Permitted Timeframe: to be taken between 12 and 48 months of Specialist training by end of ST2/3) will be a more specialist paper using a similar variety of format of questions – 1 from 5 single best answer, and EMQs. This paper will concentrate on areas such as psychotropic drugs, advanced psychology and neuropsychiatry (Please refer to eligibility structure document).

Paper Three ( Permitted Timeframe to be taken between 12 and 48 months of Specialist training by end of ST3) will contain complex knowledge-based EMQs and MCQs-1 from 5 single best answers testing- a) clinical areas of psychiatry, mapping on to the specialty areas (including general adult as a specialty) of knowledge expected at this level of training, and B) critical appraisal of research relevant to clinical practice (Please refer to eligibility structure document).

The Clinical Examination (Permitted Timeframe to be taken between 24 and 48 months of post Specialist registration training by end of ST3 level) will be an OSCE type examination of two parts, completed in one day. The first part will contain ten single, 'stand alone' stations each lasting 8 minutes (including reading time of 1 minute). The second part will consist of 5 pairs of 'linked' stations, which will allow for the assessment of more complex competences. Each station will last 12 minutes (to include 2 minutes reading and preparation time).

It will be possible to 'bank' a pass in Paper 3 for up to 18 months following the first attempt at the clinical examination. This will allow candidates a minimum of 3 attempts at the clinical examination. If a candidate does not achieve the level to pass following these attempts, written Paper 3 will need to be taken again.

http://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/exams/newassessmentprogramme2008/newstructure.aspx

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you're scaring yourself too much mate.

some people on st3 only have part 1 and if what you're saying is going to be followed to the letter then they have to pass on their first attempt.

i have not even taken part 1 and i am in st2.

Just wait and see what happens to us but try to pass the exam as early as you can. no need to stress urself so early.

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Me too want to stay cool mate..!

I only copied the documents from our GOD FATHER site..!

I would like to admit here that' it did scare me a bit..'

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hi, just now i came across this thread.....well i think it would be quite stressful for we people to complete all exams within this limited time frame, specially for someone like me who are very new to psychiatry.

And the clinical examination.....10 + 5 stations on the same day..gosh!! we will be exhausted by the end of the day....isn't it?

But still we shouldn't loose our hopes.....if we have decided to follow this path, why should we be scared?

So good luck to all those who are in the same boat. 8-)

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