MRCP(UK) to Allow ‘Fast Track’ PACES Re-Sits

September 15th, 2012

The MRCP(UK) has announced that candidates applying for an ST3 post in Spring 2013 who fail their PACES exam in the 2013/1 assessment period will be able to request a re-sit of the exam within the 2013/1 period.

According to the MRCP(UK), places will be limited and it’s likely that not all applicants for the re-sits will be accommodated.


Revised Application Period for First Overseas PACES Exams of 2013

September 12th, 2012

If you’re planning to take an overseas MRCP PACES exam in 2013, be warned: the MRCP(UK) yesterday announced revised application dates for the first round of overseas PACES exams in 2013.

The new dates are available here.

MRCP PACES Courses Experts Interview: Prof. Jaspal Kooner of Ealing PACES

September 10th, 2012

As we mentioned in a recent post, we are conducting interviews with the experts behind some of our country’s best MRCP PACES courses. In this, our first such interview, we speak with Ealing PACES’ Professor Jaspal Kooner.

Professor Kooner is a Professor of Clinical Cardiology at Imperial College, works as a Consultant Cardiologist at Hammersmith Hospital, and also a Consultant Physician and Cardiologist at Ealing Hospital.

Professor Kooner is renowned as one of the leading physicians in the UK and is actively engaged in research, teaching and clinical activities in London. In 2004, Professor Kooner was named “Hospital Doctor of the Year” at the prestigious Hospital Doctor Awards. He has more than twenty years experience in postgraduate and undergraduate teaching. (US Preventive Medicine, 2012)

Here is the interview:


How long has the Ealing PACES course been running now?

21 years.


What’s your role in the course?

Course Director.


How has the course changed over the years?

Course has changed over the years to ensure that teaching always reflects the changes in PACES exam structure and is tailored to passing the exam.


What’s the one thing that MRCP PACES candidates tend to have most trouble with?

Distilling physical signs in a coherent manner to a diagnosis or differential.


What’s your top piece of advice for someone preparing for the MRCP PACES exam?

Do Ealing PACES! the importance of learning in groups and form expert teachers can not ever be underestimated.


Do you have any funny stories from running the course?

Yes – a candidate insisted in registering on Monday 9.00am, for the preceding weekend course!

Thank you Professor Kooner! We wish you continued success with your PACES courses and the best of luck to all your candidates.

Here’s more about Prof. Kooner’s Ealing PACES Course.

MRCP PACES Exam Dates for 2013 Announced

September 9th, 2012

MRCP PACES exam dates for 2013 have now been announced by the MRCP(UK) Central Office.

The first assessment period is due to start on 25th January 2013. Applications for that first period will be open for two weeks starting on 16th November 2012.

For full details and any updates to the dates announced, see the MRCP UK Exam Dates page here.

Interviews with the Organisers of Top MRCP PACES Courses

September 4th, 2012

Exciting news today: we’re lining up interviews with the experts behind some of the country’s top MRCP PACES courses. They’ll be answering our questions about topics like:

  • how to prepare for the PACES exam
  • what pitfalls MRCP PACES candidates most often fall into and how you can avoid them
  • the top things PACES candidates find difficult

The first interview should be here very soon.

MRCP Courses

March 26th, 2011

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Are you preparing for the MRCP PACES exam? There’s a range of courses available that can help you get ready. Here’s our guide to MRCP courses.

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PACES Revision Courses

February 28th, 2011

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Are you taking PACES soon? Then you may want to take one of the excellent PACES revision courses available. With experienced tutors who know the pitfalls of the PACES exam, a PACES revision course like this will give you the edge you need and let you perform to your full potential.

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February 2nd, 2011

Dust on the Shelf

Are you studying for your PACES exam? There are some excellent books on PACES that can help. For a quick guide, see our collection of the best PACES books. Good luck with your studying!

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Book a PACES Course Today

February 2nd, 2011

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If you’re planning to take an MRCP PACES course, now’s a great time to book one. There are courses all round the UK – there are London PACES courses, PACES courses in Scotland, PACES courses in Manchester and even online PACES courses. Places do get filled up on the top courses, so book early to guarantee your place.

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Good Luck in Your PACES Exams 2010!

March 3rd, 2010

the most important moment in the entire worldSome of you will already have taken them, but for those of you who still have that pleasure to look forward to, good luck in your PACES exam!

Whether you pass or not, do stop by and let us know how you found it. Also, have any PACES revision tips or if you took a PACES course that you’d particularly recommend, do tell us about it here.

Let’s hope 2010 is full of PACES success!

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