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Summary of Meeting held between PTC and Exams Dept

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(Professor Anthony Bateman, Chief Examiner and Fauzan Palekar, Head of Examinations)

17th March 2007

The meeting was convened in response to concerns that trainees expressed via the PTC about the recent Paper II exam.  It was acknowledged that Paper II had been particularly difficult and the standardisation procedure had identified this. The depth of knowledge required for some of the questions would be adjusted to ensure they discriminate between candidates better.  The concerns expressed by trainees would be considered when compiling the next Paper II exam.

It should be emphasised that the new Paper I and Paper II exams do not act as a replacement for the old Part 1 exam as there is the additional knowledge of basic sciences required for Paper II.  The knowledge required for Paper I can generally be obtained from standard psychiatric textbooks but Paper II also requires knowledge of important papers in prominent journals.

It was agreed that the syllabus would be developed further to contain a greater level of detail so it is clear to trainees what knowledge is required.  It is envisaged that the syllabus will be divided into knowledge that is relevant to each of the three written papers to improve transparency.  The breakdown of questions for each paper and sample questions will continue to be displayed on the website.

The new examination regulations are now published on the website.  Important changes to note include:

To reflect the breadth of knowledge required the length of training required to sit Paper II, there will be no further transitional arrangement allowing candidates to take the exam after 12 months. The required time in training remains at 18 months.

A pass in Paper III can now be banked for 21 months from the publication of the results.

The required WPBA can now be spread over a 7-8 month period instead of 12 months.

2 ACEs for the purposes of CASC eligibility can be undertaken in ST1 in either general adult or old age psychiatry.

http://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/training/traineessection/examstatementmarch2008.aspx

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Means nothing!

I wonder what PTC was asking for in that meeting? Next paper!! What about this one, could thay not have brought the pass percentage atleast in line with previous results! They have no idea of what sitting an exam again is, apart from more money for the college!!

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The summary of the meeting clearly shows the chief examiner has clearly skirted the issue of the already held exam.

The least they could have done is admit that they had committed a mistake and apologise to the affected candidates.

But then admitting mistakes and apologising for one's actions are done by honorable people. And honorable people would not be holding onto their seats like politicians and sit tight when their powers were degraded with the formation of PMETB and the training of future psychiatrists were mismanaged by political agenda. >:(

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