MRCP Part 1

A brief overview of the MRCP examination has already been shared. In this article, we will be explaining about the MRCP Part 1 examination. The following topics are to be focused on this article:

  • What is MRCP Part 1 Exam?
  • How to prepare for the MRCP Part 1 exam?
  • What to expect from the Exam day?

 NOTE

Before you read this article, it is recommended for you to go through the general overview of the MRCSP examinations:

MRCP EXAMINATION [BRIEF GUIDELINES]

What is MRCP Part 1 Exam?





MRCP part-1 is an entry-level assessment exam, which can be accessed by the doctors with a minimum of 12 months of Postgraduate (PG) experience in the medical employment. This exam is aimed to assess the level of clinical knowledge of the candidate and to make sure that this knowledge is appropriate to the physicians at the beginning of PG training.

It is widely accepted that the MRCP exams form the backbone of PG training in medicine and almost all of its related specialties. It is expected that those doctors who are undergoing SHO training will pass their MRCP at the end of the training period and therefore successful completion of MRCP is an essential requirement to gain entrance to Type 1 or Type 2 specialist registrar programmers.

The part 1 examination will test your clinical knowledge and the understanding of common and important disorders, as per the UK curriculum, as well as clinical science. You will have to familiarize yourself with the understanding of the UK national guidelines.

In order to be successful in your Part 1 exam, you will have to retain the knowledge you acquired during your undergraduate training and also have to expand your knowledge of medicine at a continuous pace. You will also be tested for your clinical decision making power.

MRCP part 1 holds strong importance in the medical practice for those who wish to work as the specialist doctors in the UK. This exam is designed to assess your knowledge and understanding of the clinical sciences relevant to the medical practice and common/important disorders.

In a nutshell, the MRCP part 1 exam is:

  • Two papers, each of 3 hours, long exam
  • Each paper has 100 best of questions
  • The two papers are taken on the same day, at specified exam centers in the UK and Internationally
  • Doctors in training are entitled to take the exam after they have been qualified for the 12 months
  • The exam has to be passed to be eligible to take MRCP part 2 written and the PACES

 

What is asked? Part 1 Examination is designed to assess a candidate’s knowledge and understanding of the clinical sciences relevant to medical practice and of common or important disorders to a level appropriate for entry to specialist training.

Format of the Exam: Part 1 consists of 2-separate papers of 200 MCQ’s each, no images

MRCP part 1 has a two-paper format. There are 3 hours for each single papers and each paper includes of 100 MCQ’s each. This format is set to test the core knowledge and comprehension. Each question has 5 options and only one is correct; best of five (BOF). Given below is the detail of how the questions are divided from different systems in papers:



Major System NO. of questions asked %
Cardiology

Respiratory

Endocrinology

Nephrology

Gastroenterology

Neurology

Rheumatology

Infectious Diseases

Hematology/Oncology

 

 

 

15 questions from each

 

 

 

67.5%

Dermatology

Psychiatry

8 questions from each 8%
Geriatric Medicine

Ophthalmology

4 questions from each 4%
Pharmacology, therapeutics, and toxicology 16 questions 8%
Clinical Sciences

·       Cell, molecular and membrane biology

·       Clinical anatomy

·       Clinical biochemistry

·       Clinical physiology

·       Genetics

·       Immunology

·       Statistics, epidemiology, and evidence-based medicine

25 questions total

·       2

 

·       3

·       4

·       4

·       3

·       4

·       5

12.5 %
  Total=200 BOF’s 100%

 

Questions from each section are evenly distributed throughout the two papers. The good thing is that the Royal Colleges are very particular in maintaining this format.

Focus on the following infectious diseases;

  • AIDS and adverse effects of HAART 
  • AIDS-Defining illnesses 
  • MALARIA 
  • Leishmaniasis
  • DENGUE FEVER 
  • VIRAL HEPATITIS AND ITS TREATMENT 
  • INFECTIVE ENDOCARDITIS 
  • PNEUMONIA 
  • UTI 
  • MEASLES 
  • LYME DISEASE 
  • CHAGAS DISEASE 
  • EBV AND INFECTIOUS MONONUCLEOSIS 
  • INFECTIONS WHICH AFFECT FETUS 
  • INFECTIONS IN PREGNANCY 
  • BRUCELLOSIS 
  • CMV 
  • CJD 
  • INCUBATION PERIODS OF IMPORTANT BACTERIA AND VIRUSES SHOULD BE ON TIPS 
  • BACTERIAL VIRAL GASTROENTERITIS 
  • MENINGITIS AND VERY IMPORTANT TO DIFFERENTIATE ITS VARIOUS CAUSES 
  • diphtheria 
  • TB & especially adverse effects of its treatment 
  • MDR TB

Length of the exam: part 1 is one-day long exam, each paper is 3 hours long (total=6 hours)

When to take? Usually, after one year of your post-graduate training

Test Centers: There are many test centers in the UK as well as internationally which conduct MRCP exam. Some of the international test centers are mentioned below:

  • Bahrain (Manama)
  • Bangladesh (Dhaka)
  • Egypt (Cairo)
  • Ghana (Accra)
  • Hong Kong
  • Iceland (Reykjavik)
  • India (Chennai)
  • Iraq (Baghdad)
  • Jordan (Amman)
  • Kuwait (Kuwait City)
  • Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur)
  • Malta
  • Myanmar
  • Nepal (Kathmandu)
  • Oman (Muscat)
  • Pakistan (Karachi)
  • Pakistan (Lahore)
  • Qatar (Doha)
  • Saudi Arabia (Jeddah)
  • Singapore
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sudan (Khartoum)
  • United Arab Emirates (Abu Dhabi)
  • West Indies (Barbados)
  • Zimbabwe (Harare)

 There are multiple test sites in different cities of the countries mentioned above.

Eligibility Criteria: The only eligibility criterion to take MRCP 1 exam is:

  • Post-graduate student with a minimum of 12-months experience (1 year)
  • No prior training is required

How to prepare MRCP Part 1 Exam?




This section is concerned with the study material/content and the guidelines to prepare for the MRCP part 1 examination.

MRCP part 1 is not considered very hard part to pass but still, you need to prepare for the exam and not to take it lightly.

STUDY MATERIAL/CONTENT FOR MRCP PART 1

Given below table will clear the idea about the sources of for MRCP Part 1.

QUESTION BANKS NOTES/PAST PAPERS REFERENCES
Pastest online (www.pastest.com)

·       Contains almost 2000 BOF’s

·       Cover very important aspects

·       Can be found on the official pastest website

 

Philip and Karla

·       Completely focused on MRCP part 1

·       Read it 2 times at least

·       Small book

·       Can be found free from some unofficial sources

 

Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine

·       Use for references

·       Contain many important questions

·       Can be found in pdf. From unofficial sources

Onexamination.com

·       Very high yield

·       20-25% of official exam BOF’s are included from this source

·       Must go for it

·       Can be bought from the official website

·       Contains more than 2000 BOF’s

 

Pastest Course

·       Very high yield

·       Must take it

·       Contains almost 900 BOF’s

www.medical-masterclass.com
G Rees book of BOF’s

·       High Yield

·       Contains many important BOF’s

·       Go through it once

8-Four Practice papers by Khalid Binyamin

·       Equal to G Rees

·       Clear the idea about the exam

·       Can go through it once

www.onexamination.com
BOF MCQ book by Binyamin

·       Not very high yield

·       Old fashioned

·       Not recommended by many

·       Can give it an overview

MRCP Pocket Book Series

·       Each pocket book contains 50% BOF’s

·       Go through all the 4 books

·       Very high yield

 www.1 23doc.com
Key topics Summaries book of BOF

·       Good collection of BOF’s

·       Not very high yield

MRCP 1 Basic Medical Sciences

·       Best BOF format questions

·       Contains up to 300 exam based questions

 
Essential Statistics for Medical Examinations

·       Contains important information for the MRCP exam

·       Very important to cover statistical questions

·       Contains important questions related to MRCP part 1

   

 

Conclusion:




All of the above-mentioned sources cannot be reviewed if you have less time. You can switch to plan B when it is near to your exam.

Source Importance
Philip and Karla Very Important
Onexamiantion.com Contains all the important BOF’s
Pastest folder of 6 days course with its BOF’s Will help you clear MRCP part 1 easily

 

Sources Must be Covered

  • PASTEST, Best of Five for MRCP Part 1 (Geraint Rees)
  • Best of Five for MRCP Part 1 (Helen Fellows, Simon Noble, Harry Dalton)
  • PASTEST, Revision Book for the New MRCP Part 1 (K. Binyamin)
  • MRCP Part 1 BOF in Basic Sciences (P. Easterbrook, Kefah Mokbel)

 

How much time is required for the preparation?

You can take only 8 weeks to prepare for the exam and can pass it easily as well. But is recommended that you should give it a proper time of 4-6 months to have a very strong grip on the clinical sciences knowledge.

How to prepare the exam?

Most of the candidates do not follow a proper way to prepare for the exam and of course, there is no proper way. There are some points that can be kept in the mind:

  • Never ever go for the lengthy books like Harrisons and Oxford Textbook of Clinical Medicine, you can use them for the references purposes only.
  • Give a must read to Kumar and Clark to equip yourself with all the facts required to pass the exam
  • Build a pool of your own ‘BOF’ so that you can revise them later easily
  • Do as many BOF’s as you can. Revise the questions again and gain
  • Be realistic in the exam
  • You can study for 2 hours a day for at least 8 weeks to clear the MRCP part 1 easily
  • Use a strategy in which you focus 80% on critical thinking and solving problems and 20% to watch videos.

 

What to expect from the exam day?

Before the examination day:

  • To go to bed early (10 Pm – 6 AM)
  • Take your breakfast
  • Take some drinks, snacks with you
  • Check the location of your venue as per mentioned in your admission document
  • Plan a route, leaving plenty time for any inconvenience
  • Check your name for any mistakes
  • Must go through the MRCP regulations

On the exam day:

  • Arrive at least 30 minutes earlier
  • Be back to your desk 15 minutes before your paper 2 is due to start
  • Bring enough food and drinks (Except students sitting in the Lahore, Pakistan venue)
  • Bring appropriate warm clothes
  • Bring your own lunch
  • Be ready for everything
  • Come prepared to show your ID
  • Bring your admission document
  • Do not bring any stationary or calculators with you
  • Do not write notes on admission document
  • Do not wear hoods

 

Tips:

Follow the following tips to save your precious time:

  • Learn Vocabulary
  • Study in groups
  • Memorize Basics again and again
  • Make flashcards
  • Look for patterns
  • Connect all the information
  • Do ask for help from others
  • Highlight the important topics
  • Attach paper tags
  • Take active notes from the videos
  • Pause the video when necessary

  Scoring Method

The scoring method which is used to calculate the score of a candidate in the MRCP Part 1 examination is called ‘Equating’. This is a statistical technique to ensure parity in the exam.

  • Score of 528 or above is considered passed
  • There is no negative marking
  • Mark zero is given for missing responses

 

Registration Procedure

To register for the MRCP 1 exam, follow these steps:

  • Make your account at the MRCP (UK)’s official website
  • Apply for the MRCP examinations
  • Have your MBBS certificate ready
  • Pay with credit/debit card
  • Do not go for check payment method as it may cause some issues for you 

 

REGISTRATION WITH MRCP(UK)

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PLAB 1 [EXTENSIVE STUDY GUIDE]

MRCS EXAMINATION [A BRIEF WALK-THROUGH]

MRCP EXAMINATION [BRIEF GUIDELINES]

PLAB EXAM [A GENERAL OVERVIEW]

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USMLE

For a Complete Guide to the AMC Australia kindly follow the link below:

AMC AUSTRALIA

A WORD FROM AUTHOR

Passing the MRCP part 1 is quite a task, however proper planning combined with hard work can make even impossible things happen, and definitely, this exam is much less than impossible. Indeed, what complicate matters for doctors is the difficult conditions in which they have to prepare for the exam and it makes proper planning all the more important and a more practical way of actually preparing for the exam an absolute essential.

I hope the little information, which I have managed to gather here will be helpful to you. Good Luck.

If there is anything missing mention it below in the comment box. Feel free to drop an email at chances4youth@gmail.com for any queries and questions.

 

 

2 COMMENTS

  1. Hello friend, I have choice between these three books. If I had to choose one which should I choose?

    – Essential review notes for MRCP 1 & 2 – Philip A Karla
    – Step up to MRCP review notes – Dr Khaleed
    – The only MRCP notes you will ever need

    I have 4 months of study with full time work.

    Also which online Q bank is best? Passmedicine?

    TY brother

    • I have not been through the MRCP examinations process, but as far as I have researched Philip A Karla is considered gold standard. Whichever book you read just read it with passion and dedication. If possible also go through the only MRCP notes. Pastest q bank is also recommended by many students.

      It is advised for you to contact someone who has passed the examinations. 🙂

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