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Sunday, November 14, 2010

MRCP 1, First hand experience

 The original article can be found here.

The MRCP(UK) Part 1 Examination has a two-paper format. Each paper is 3 hours in duration and contains 100 multiple choice questions in one from five (best of five) format, where a candidate chooses the best answer from five possible answers. Candidates will be tested on a wide range of common and important disorders in General Medicine as set out in the published syllabus.

The Examination may include pre-test questions (trial questions that are used for research purposes only).

The composition of the Papers is as follows:

Specialty Number of questions*

Cardiology 15
Clinical haematology and oncology 15
Clinical pharmacology, therapeutics and toxicology 20
Clinical sciences** 25
Dermatology 8
Endocrinology 15
Gastroenterology 15
Neurology 15
Ophthalmology 4
Psychiatry 8
Renal medicine 15
Respiratory medicine 15
Rheumatology 15
Tropical medicine, infectious and sexually transmitted diseases 15
200
* This should be taken as an indication of the likely number of questions - the actual number may vary by up to 2.

** Clinical sciences comprise:
Cell, molecular and membrane biology 2
Clinical anatomy 3
Clinical biochemistry and metabolism 4
Clinical physiology 4
Genetics 3
Immunology 4
Statistics, epidemiology and evidence-based medicine 5

for preparation u need Philip A Kalra as the prime book of medicine and rest is all about practising as much EMQs as possible from some recommended websites.these include......www.onexamination.com.....www.passmedicine.com.....www.mrcpass.com.
..www.passtest.com
outov these onexamination and passmedicine are specially good ones.
i also used 2 books consisiting of past papers one ov them was Benyamin and other was some pastest book.................this stuff is more than enough if u want to go forit..U can also use USMLE 1st AID step 1 for basic Sciences............i think if u go quite relaxed 3 months would be an apprpriate time or prep.Good luck