Opportunity to work with peers from different hospitals and backgrounds... [we were] able to learn from one another. Very interactive session - leads were highly approachable.
New questions for the theory exams (Foundation of Practice, Theory & Science and Applied Knowledge in Paediatrics) are written at local QSG meetings. These take place at least once a year in each College region in the UK.
A Senior Theory Examiner or Principal Area Theory (PAT) Lead facilitates the meeting and guides question writers as they work in small groups to produce new questions for our 'banks'. The PAT Lead reviews all questions before submitting them to the College for review.
If you're a member with MRCPCH, we invite you to get involved! We reimburse all reasonable travel expenses, but cannot cover accommodation costs, and help you prepare with an online tutorial. To register interest, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
QSG dates and PAT Leads in 2019
|Region||QSG dates 2019||Lead|
|East Midlands||TBC||Dr Pradip Thakkeremail@example.com|
|London||27 September||Dr Richard Nichollfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|North East England||TBC||Vacant|
|North West England||24 May||Dr Rabin Mohantyemail@example.com|
|Scotland (Aberdeen)||TBC||Dr Medhat Ezzatfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Scotland (Glasgow)||TBC||Dr Brian Kelly||contact: email@example.com|
|Scotland (Edinburgh)||TBC||Dr Paul Eunson||contact: firstname.lastname@example.org|
|South England||8 October||Dr Antoinette McAulayemail@example.com|
|Wales||19 June||Dr Gillian Bodyfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|West Midlands||29 May||Dr Chizomam Agwuemail@example.com|
About the questions
You can read more about the theory exam syllabus, but here are some brief points:
- FOP - The questions comprise primarily conditions that are likely to be seen in the first six to 12 months of hospital, community or primary care practice. This exam focuses on the areas of child health that are relevant to all those who will be working with children in their medical careers, not just those entering mainstream hospital-based paediatrics. FOP also forms the theory component of the Diploma in Child Health (DCH) examination.
- TAS - The emphasis is to test the basic scientific, physiological and pharmacological principles upon which clinical practice is based.
- AKP (parts 1 and 2) - This tests judgment and experience. Each paper contains case history, data interpretation and photographic questions.