Proposed changes to PACES in 2020 approved

21 Jan 2019

We are pleased to announce that the General Medical Council (GMC) has approved our proposed changes to the MRCP(UK) PACES examination.

Dr Ken Dagg, Medical Director for Assessment said "Approval from the GMC is a welcome outcome and endorses our plans to ensure that our clinical examination continues to reflect the best clinical practice and maintains the highest levels of validity and reliability."

The new format, which will be introduced in 2020 includes the following:

  • Two new non-consecutive, 20 minute clinical consultations at Stations 2 and 5 which incorporate history taking and physical examinations
  • Two new non-consecutive, 10 minute communication encounters at Station 1 and Station 4 which are paired with ten minute physical examination encounters
  • Altered sequencing of the clinical encounters

Following the decision, Jane Cannon, Assistant Registrar, Head of Approvals at the GMC commented "Members of the Curriculum Advisory Group supported the clear rationale for the proposed changes to the examination which aim to maximise each examiners contribution to the skills marks thereby improving the assessment's overall reliability."

For more details on the changes and what happens next click here.