Become a PACES Examiner

The three royal colleges of physicians of the United Kingdom require experienced clinicians to become examiners and assess candidates undergoing the MRCP(UK) Part 2 Clinical Examination (PACES).

MRCP(UK) PACES examiner eligibility

To be considered for appointment as a PACES examiner, you must:

  • Hold MRCP(UK) (desirable).
  • Collegiate Member or Fellow in good standing of one of the Royal College of Physicians of the UK.
  • GMC registered with a licence to practise and in good standing (or regulatory equivalent in country of practice).
  • Have been involved with physicians in training within the last two years.
  • (UK only) Participate in revalidation, including annual appraisal in current post, and adhere to CPD requirements.
  • (UK only) Have undergone equality and diversity training within the past three years.
  • Physicians interested in, but not necessarily expert in, medical assessment.
  • Collegiate Members must have achieved the Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT), or be on the specialist register, and be in a substantive consultant post.
  • Examiners who are resident outside the UK and who wish to examine must hold Fellowship of one of the UK colleges of physicians and be in good standing.

Examiner commitment

To be a PACES Examiner you must:

  • Meet the examiner criteria.
  • Commit to examine at least 6 cycles (30 candidates) per annum (averaged over 2 years), i.e. a minimum of 2/3 days examining per year
  • Be accepted for, and successfully complete, PACES examiner training.

To retain examiner status you will be required to:

  • Abide by the PACES examiner code of conduct, and
  • Maintain adherence to the criteria.

You will be asked to confirm this on an annual basis.

If you are unable to take part in the required number of cycles over 2 years, you will be asked to refresh your examiner training.

Applying to become an MRCP(UK) PACES examiner

If you are applying to examine for Edinburgh or Glasgow, please download the PACES Examiner Application form, complete and return it to the college of which you are a member or fellow, or your chosen college if you are a fellow of more than one college.

If you are a member or fellow of London and wish to apply to be an Examiner please contact the London Examiner Services team at examinerservices@rcplondon.ac.uk

If you would like to learn more about PACES examining please contact your parent college.

Appointment process

The full process time may vary depending on the panel or board reviewing the applications. The time between submission of application and approval to train will usually take between one and two months.

Following your approval to train, you will be invited to sign up for training at one of the PACES centres. Training will be in the form of observation and shadowing.

UK examiners relocating to work overseas

Examiners relocating overseas can continue to examine as a UK examiner for two years.  Thereafter, the examiner should seek to join the relevant local examiner panel in their country of practice. A letter of introduction could be provided by MRCP(UK) to facilitate that process, please contact the international examiner team for more information.