Glossary beginning with E

Definitions for commonly used terms in postgraduate medical education
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Educational supervisor

A senior physician who supervises and manages the educational progress of a doctor in training, during a training placement or series of placements (a rotation).

Synonyms: educational supervisor

Eligibility period

Candidates have seven years to pass the MRCP(UK) Part 2 Written and PACES Examinations from the date of first taking the MRCP(UK) Part 1 Examination. Any candidate who does not pass the MRCP(UK) Part 2 Written and Part 2 Clinical (PACES) Examinations within seven years of passing the MRCP(UK) Part 1 Examination is required to take and pass the MRCP(UK) Part 1 Examination again. 

Synonyms: stage 2 eligibility


In the PACES examination, this is when a candidate has an interaction with a patient or a surrogate. Stations 2 and 5 involve one encounter, whereas stations 1, 3 and 4 have two encounters.

Examining board

There are Examining Boards for the MRCP(UK) Part 1, MRCP(UK) Part 2 Written and MRCP(UK) Part 2 Clinical (PACES) examinations. The PACES Examining Board is also known as the Clinical Examining Board (CEB). Each SCE also has an Examining Board. Their job is to ensure academic quality of the examinations, which includes approving the content and setting the pass mark. The Examining Boards also consider appeals, cases of academic or professional misconduct and complaints.

Synonyms: examining board