During the January to March 2019 PACES assessment period, MRCP(UK) will offer trainees applying for ST3 posts an additional attempt at the PACES examination. This is an initiative MRCP(UK) has introduced to aid trainees’ career progression and support run-through training.
The PACES Fast Track 2019 scheme is only available to candidates applying for an ST3 post in Spring 2019. It will allow a number of candidates who are unsuccessful in their initial PACES attempt to have a further attempt within the same assessment period.
Fast Track applications will only be accepted from candidates who meet the following criteria:
A) Candidates who are currently working in a CT2 post in the UK.
B) Candidates not in a CT2 post who can provide confirmation (for example from their Educational Supervisor) that they are actively planning and in a position to apply for an ST3 training post in the UK in 2019.
ALL candidates must have passed or applied for the MRCP(UK) Part 2 Written Examination by the time of the January to March PACES assessment period.
In the event that the number of applications for Fast Track exceeds the number of places available, candidates will be prioritised as follows:
1) Candidates in category A above (working in a CT2 post in the UK).
2) Candidates in category B above, who have had no more than two previous attempts at PACES (including their first attempt in the January to April PACES assessment period).*
3) Other candidates in category B who have had more than two previous attempts at PACES (including their first attempt in the January to April PACES assessment period).* *
If you have not yet received your results from the previous diet and are putting a provisional application in for the January-March PACES exam, it is strongly recommended that you also put a provisional application in for the Fast Track exam as late applications will not be accepted.
*This is based on evidence that candidates are more likely to pass their Fast Track attempt if they have had only one or two previous PACES attempts.
**Limit on attempts regulations apply.
More information and Fast Track FAQs will be published on the MRCP(UK) website by mid-October.
All enquiries regarding Fast Track should ONLY be made to the PACES Fast Track office on 0131 247 3633/3663 or by email to PACESFastTrack@rcpe.ac.uk.