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Exams

Introduction

Trainees in Paediatrics must pass their MRCPCH exams to progress through the training programme. Detailed information about the exams can be found on the RCPCH website.

Preparation

Exam preparation is included in the Paediatric Regional Education Programme (PREP) at the end of each training day. Trainees in Wessex have also produced a guide to passing your Membership which is available to download.

Progression

In order to progress to ST3 from ST2 both parts of MRCPCH Part 1 must be passed. It is worthwhile, therefore, to start taking the part 1 exams as soon as the ST1 year is started. Some will have taken some exams prior to entering the specialty.

If you are struggling with your exams, please let your educational supervisor and the deanery team know as we may be able to help with your exam preparation technique.

If you have not passed your 1B when you are due to move to ST3, you will remain in ST2 level posts and will be allowed up to 1 year additional training to achieve this. If, despite an extra year in training, you are unable to pass your exams, you are likely to be released from training unless there are exceptional circumstances.

Likewise, in order to progress from ST3 to ST4 the clinical part 2 exam must be passed. We do have some middle grade ST3 posts and thus you may remain in ST3 yet still do middle grade posts for up to 1 additional year. If you have already had extra time to pass previous exams this will be taken into account as you can only have one extra year of training in total, to pass your exams.

Remember, if you are having trouble passing exams, or if there are personal circumstances (e.g. health, family etc, we don’t need details, obviously) hampering your attempts, let the deanery team know early on so that we can help sooner rather than later.

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