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MRCPsych Exam


What is MRCPsych?

If you are learning about MRCPsych for the first time, it means Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. To become a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, you must pass three examination steps. The first two are MRCPsych Paper A and Paper B which are theoretical multiple-choice question papers. Third, one, clinical  In addition, you must also meet some training requirements, which are 24 months after your house job and post-foundation.

Introducing MRCPsych

A member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (MRCPsych) is a post-nominal qualification awarded to physicians who have completed the prescribed training requirements and membership examinations mandated by the Royal College of Psychiatrists. The college awards MRCPsych after the completion of two years of post-foundation core psychiatry training and successful completion of examinations. Once you become a member, you must complete three years of training within psychiatry and a certificate of completion of specialist training (CEST) to register as a psychiatrist on the General Medical Council’s specialist register. The examination has undergone a radical change in the past few years, notably in terms of focus and structure.

History of Membership exams

Isaac ray looking said as if he failed the MRCpsych exams

Sir Isaac Ray was not a member of the royal college of psychiatrists.

The Royal College first introduced the qualification in 1972, a year after the authorities established the Royal College of Psychiatrists itself. In recent years, extensive modernization has taken place in line with changes occurring in medical training in the UK. Major changes included the replacement of the classical long case method of assessment (where a particular case is presented to the candidate, a history is taken and the case is presented to the examiners) with the objective structured clinical exam (OSCE) in 2003, and the subsequent replacement of the OSCE with the CASC exam in 2008. A major factor for these changes has been the perceived reliability of the assessments. The researchers criticized the long case assessments for their inter-test reliability, with a study showing that the reproducibility coefficient was as low as 0.24. However, some psychiatrists were disappointed that losing the long case method of assessment may be a detriment to future candidates’ ability to take an effective clinical history.


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