What does MRCPCH stand for?

Membership of the Royal College of Paediatric and Child Health.

What does the MRCPCH exam involve?

The exam is usually taken during the period of basic specialist training, which in the UK normally lasts for two to three years. It replaced the MRCP (UK) paediatrics exam in June 1999.

It has four sections:

  • Foundation of Practice, in which a written paper tests basic clinical knowledge in paediatrics.
  • Theory and Science, in which a written paper tests the science underpinning paediatric practice.
  • Applied Knowledge in Practice, which consists of two papers taken in one day, which predominantly feature questions based on clinical scenarios
  • Clinical, which involves assessed interactions with children and their families.

Success in one exam leads to a timed registration period of entry into the next exam.

Why should I take this exam?

It will provide you with the normal entry requirement for higher specialist training in paediatrics.

Successfully completing the Clinical section allows for entry to membership of the college.

How can I register to take the MRCPCH exams?

You can apply directly with the RCPCH, via their website.

You must then contact the British Council and we will administer the exam.

When are the exams and how much do they cost?

For examination dates and fees, please visit the RCPCH website.

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