Examiner training

IMPORTANT NOTE: A decision was taken at the Examiner Elect Committee in March 2015, that we will not be accepting any examiner applications from doctors within the UK until further notice. This is  because the current examiner recruitment process is currently being reviewed. Please continue to check the website regularly for further updates. IMPORTANT NOTE: A decision was taken at the Examiner Elect Committee in March 2015, that we will not be accepting any examiner applications from doctors within the UK until further notice. This is  because the current examiner recruitment process is currently being reviewed. Please continue to check the website regularly for further updates. IMPORTANT NOTE: A decision was taken at the Examiner Elect Committee in March 2015, that we will not be accepting any examiner applications from doctors within the UK until further notice. This is  because the current examiner recruitment process is currently being reviewed. Please continue to check the website regularly for further updates.  All RCPCH examiners are required to undertake appropriate training in the MRCPCH and/or DCH clinical examinations before they can start obeserving and live marking. Our regular trainings ensure that new and current examiners are competent to assess candiates, and are usually held at the RCPCH London office.

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MRCPCH Clinical examiners

We regularly host our two trainings: 

  • MRCPCH Examiner Elect training - for all new MRCPCH or 'generic' examiners, before moving on to observation and live marking at an MRCPCH Clinical exam 
  • MRCPCH Examiner re-training - for current examiners, to revalidate every five years

 

DCH Clinical examiners

We host our training at least once a year. 

This is mandatory for all new (DCH Examiner Elects) and active DCH-only examiners - before moving on to the next step of observation and live marking at an DCH Clinical exam.

Generic examiners (for both MRCPCH and DCH)

MRCPCH examiners are welcome and encouraged to attend DCH training, although it is not essential. As long as there is a clear understanding of the expected standard of the DCH examination, generic examiners do not need this training in order to examine the DCH Clinical.

It is expected that generic examiners will be required to have:

  • familiarity with the DCH circuit
  • familiarity with DCH mark sheets and other supporting documents
  • an understanding of what is assessed in each station of the DCH.

Before an examiners (generic or DCH) independently examines a DCH Clinical, they must have observed a DCH Clinical for at least one full exam day.

Senior examiners (for both MRCPCH and DCH) 

From 2016, we will deliver our training for existing, active RCPCH Senior Examiners and for Senior Examiner Elects (Senior Examiners in training) who have been approved through submission of nomination to the Examiner Elect Review Panel. This is only open to existing Senior Examiners and approved Senior Examiner Elects.

All appointed Senior Examiners are expected to attend once every five years, so that they fully understand their remit and the expectation of the role, and are equipped to support their examiner teams, host examiner and the exam candidates on the day of the exam in every aspect of exam day quality control.

The training day been developed to outline this and to present Senior Examiners with a number of scenarios that they will face at exams.

Senior examiners will be expected to complete a MCQ which will be sent on after the training day to establish that essential learning outcomes have been met.

More information for senior examiners

Training documents

These documents, some of which have been shared by existing examiners, support your training.

Guide notes, exam documentation and anchor statements - MRCPCH Clinical

Guide notes, exam documentation and anchor statements - DCH Clinical

Training dates - UK and other countries

UK

MRCPCH Examiner Elect UK, RCPCH London: TBC

MRCPCH Examiner Re-Training UK: 16 September 2016

Overseas

MRCPCH/DCH Examiner Training Egypt: TBC

MRCPCH/DCH Examiner Training Hong Kong: TBCTBCTTBCTBC    

MRCPCH Examiner Training UAE: TBC 

MRCPCH Examiner Training Oman: TBC 

MRCPCH Examiner Training KSA: 6 November 2016 

MRCPCH Examiner Training Malaysia: TBC 

MRCPCH/DCH Examiner Training India: TBC 

MRCPCH Examiner Training Myanmar: TBC 

MRCPCH Examiner Training Singapore: TBC

MRCPCH Examiner Training Sudan: TBC

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The RCPCH Examinations Team will reimburse all reasonable costs for travel and subsistence, as well as accommodation if needed. You will need to complete and submit a signed expenses form.

We regularly update the training content based on analysis of candidate results and feedback. We also include input from other examiners, senior examiners and hosts.