PACES examiner opportunities for non-UK Fellows at international centres
There are limited opportunities for non-UK fellows to become a PACES examiner at an international centre. The Federation lead examiner and the local Examination Coordinating Committee at each international PACES centre are responsible for balancing the local panel of examiners with regard to clinical specialties, college of fellowship and ability to host the examination at an approved local hospital. Each Federation lead examiner and local Examination Coordinating Committee must ensure that each examiner assesses at least 30 candidates each year. The number of examiners must relate to the number of candidates being examined at that centre. Therefore, any fellow interested in becoming a PACES examiner at an international centre must be supported by the local Examination Coordinating Committee of that centre through the Federation lead examiner sponsoring the application before it is submitted to MRCP(UK) central office.
MRCP(UK) central office wishes to ensure that the majority of examiners at international PACES centres are local to that centre to enable them to contribute to the organisation of the examination i.e. finding patients, writing local scenarios, hosting etc.
To be eligible to become an internationally based PACES examiner you should comply with the general criteria for becoming a PACES examiner. The criteria can be found here.
To become a PACES examiner you must:
carry out examining duties or examine at least 30 candidates per annum (averaged over 2 years) i.e. a minimum of 2/3 days examining per year
refresh your examiner training if you are unable to take part in the required number of cycles over 2 years.
How to apply
If you are interested in becoming a PACES examiner and already have the support of the Federation lead examiner at a particular centre please contact your local centre for an application form.
Complete the International PACES examiner application form.
Return the form in an electronic format to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Provide references from two referees with the application form. It is preferable for one referee to be the Federation lead examiner at the centre to which you are applying.
If the PACES federation lead is not one of your referees, he/she must send their approval to MRCP(UK) central office either by email to email@example.com or as a letter attached to your application.
The two referees supporting your application must be fellows of one of the royal colleges of physicians of the United Kingdom and at least one should be a current MRCP(UK) PACES Examiner.
Please note that the applicant and the referees must be in good standing with their college of fellowship.