Becoming an RCPCH examiner

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The RCPCH Examinations Team are very grateful for all the support and time that is freely given by examiners. In turn, we provide a comprehensive assessment and training programme which is aimed to reinforce and enhance the abilities of its examiners and to encourage them to participate in all elements of the assessment process.

About appointment process

A detailed explanation of the appointment process is outlined in the following document.

Application forms

This form is to be completed by consultant paediatricians interested in UK-based generic exams who are willing to examine at MRCPCH and DCH Clinical examinations across the UK.

This form is to be completed by consultant paediatricians who are based in any of the existing RCPCH overseas centres such as Hong Kong, Egypt, etc. Once examiner elect applications are completed they must be submitted to the local/chief organiser of MRCPCH exam activity in their country, the Principal Regional Examiner (PRE) for that region and the RCPCH office in London.

This form is to be completed for application to become a DCH (Diploma of Child Health) only examiner. Applications are welcomed from non-consultant grade and non-principal grade GPs with a background in another specialty or paediatricians whose experience and knowledge makes them suitable to examine for the DCH. All applicants must hold membership status with a Royal Medical College before submitting their applications.

Requirements

Generic examiners (MRCPCH and DCH) must be Fellows of the RCPCH before they can examine independently. If you are a consultant currently in a substantive post interested in becoming an RCPCH examiner and are not yet a Fellow of the college your application for Fellowship must be submitted and approved before you can examine independently. The Exams Team recommend that you submit your Fellowship application as soon as you have attended your initial examiner training session and before you observe and live mark with your mentor at your first exam. Your official appointment as an examiner will only be processed once your Fellowship application is approved.

Applicants must also be in substantive consultant posts before applying. Applications from individuals in locum posts will not be considered.

All applicants should have attended / contributed to at least one RCPCH Question Writing meeting before applying.

Training and appointment

The Examinations Team only accept applications during the periods specified in the examiner key dates section.

Applications submitted outside of these application periods may be returned. This schedule is to allow your completed application form and supporting references to be forwarded to the examiner selection subcommittee of the Examinations Executive Committee for approval.

Once approved you will then be confirmed as an examiner elect and be given the opportunity to participate in the training programme.

For more details please contact the Examiner Liaison Section on 0207 092 6126.