Apply - MRCPCH clinical examinations

Information on how to apply for the MRCPCH clinical examinations

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Introducing online application system

The RCPCH aims to introduce an online application system for the MRCPCH Clinical examination very soon. Applicants will be familiar with the functionality of this system from online applications made to theory examinations. 

Candidates in the UK will soon apply online for the MRCPCH Clinical. It is hoped that the system will be operational in time for the 2015-1 UK MRCPCH Clinical exam period, which opens on 17 November 2014. 

Candidates in other countries will also be required to apply through the online application system. The system will however not be used for overseas MRCPCH Clinical examination application until exams held in the 2015-2 overseas exam period.

More information coming soon.

UK

Allocation of places

The MRCPCH is of significant importance to the career progression of those doctors working in paediatrics in the United Kingdom. It is therefore important that this is recognised in the criteria for allocating candidate places for the MRCPCH Clinical held in the UK.

Applications for the MRCPCH clinical examination will be accepted dependent upon the number of places available. Consequently, applicants submitting forms may have their applications returned if places are not available. All candidates affected by these circumstances will have their seven-year MRCPCH registration period extended by one examination sitting and be awarded priority status for the next exam.

Places are allocated to candidates using the following criteria, in order:

  1. Applications from candidates working in the UK that are at a career critical stage (outcome 3 or 4 of the last ARCP which must be confirmed by the deanery) in order received;
  2. Applications from candidates working in the UK based on current stage of training (e.g. ST3 prioritised over ST2);
  3. Priority applications from candidates working in the UK in order received;
  4. Other applications from candidates working in the UK in order received;
  5. Priority applications from candidates working overseas in order received;
  6. Other applications from candidates working overseas in order received.

Applicants that are not currently within a UK training programme will not be prioritised (point 4). Candidates who are currently at a career critical stage are encouraged to submit their applications early to improve chances of placement.

Candidates who are not initially allocated a place will be placed on a waiting list for the exam they have applied for, in order of application status. If any placed candidates withdraw or more places are made available, candidates on the waiting list will be contacted and offered these places, in order, up to the day before the examination.

Please note that being awarded priority status does not guarantee that you will be allocated a place for a particular exam sitting.

More information about online applications coming soon.

Overseas

Allocation of places

MRCPCH Clinical examination candidates (overseas) who have been previously waitlisted or given priority status should indicate this on their applications.

Places are allocated to candidates using the following criteria, in order:

  1. Applicants resident and working in the exam centre country.
  2. Waitlisted/priority applications from candidates unplaced on more than one occasion.
  3. Waitlisted/priority applications from candidates unplaced on one occasion.
  4. All other applications.

Waitlisting/priority status in any diet does not guarantee that you will be allocated a place for a particular examination sitting.

Waitlisted applicants will remain on a waitlist up until four weeks prior to the examination, unless they otherwise inform the College in writing. Waitlisted applicants will have their seven-year clinical registration periods extended by one diet if their initial application meets the eligibility criteria.

Testimonials for proposers who do not hold the relevant qualifications must accompany all applications for the clinical examination.

Application forms and guidance

MRCPCH Clinical overseas - application Form D - Guidance Notes (PDF, 4 pages, 1216KB)

MRCPCH Clinical overseas - check list (PDF, 1 page, 199KB)

Use of electronic stethoscopes - additional requirements in application forms

Electronic stethoscopes may not be used in the MRCPCH or DCH Clinical examinations - unless a candidate has a hearing impairment.

If you have a hearing impairment, please declare this on your application form under 'Further information / additional requirements / reasonable adjustments’. Please include a copy of your medical resport and any further details for evidence of your impairment.