New Associate Medical Director for Clinical Examinations

5 Jan 2024

We would like to thank everyone who applied for the Associate Medical Director for Clinical Examinations post for the Federation of Royal Colleges of Physicians of the UK, for which the calibre of candidates was exceptionally strong.

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Rod Harvey to this post.

Dr Harvey is a consultant Acute Medicine Physician and Endocrinologist working in Inverness, Scotland. He qualified in 1982 from the Universities of Oxford and Newcastle Upon Tyne and completed specialist training in Aberdeen.

He was the Dean of Examinations at the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (RCPE) for six years from 2017, a role in which he was responsible for the delivery of all the examinations provided by the College and the MRCP(UK) PACES examination in particular. He represented RCPE on the MRCP(UK) Clinical Examining Board. During COVID he was a significant contributor to the modifications of the PACES carousel that were necessary to allow the exam to continue. He is an experienced PACES examiner, having examined in excess of two thousand candidates both in the UK and overseas as well as hosting and chairing the examination on numerous occasions.

For five years from 2014 he held the position of Board Medical Director at NHS Highland during which time he studied quality improvement methodology and became a certified LEAN leader.

As lead clinician for the Scottish National Diabetic Retinopathy screening programme, he oversaw its implementation using digital retinal photography and the introduction of grading using automated image analysis.

Dr Harvey commences his role in January 2024, replacing Dr Stuart Hood who has been appointed Medical Director for Assessment for the Federation – see New medical director for assessment | MRCPUK