CANDIDATE FEEDBACK: MRCPCH Clinical Course 6th & 7th October 2018

Pre-course information

  • A timetable would be helpful.
  • A timetable would have been really helpful – even if just start and lunch times.
  • Programme might have been helpful.
  • Confirm parking fees, etc.
  • Timetable?
  • Good tips for transportation.
  • Timings, structure, dress code – would be helpful.
  • Programme might have been useful.

Introduction Lecture

  • Good idea of cases to expect.
  • Good and succinct, covered all basic topics and gave a nice prep.

Range of Patients in clinical stations

  • Wide range of patients.  
  • Excellent number and range of patients.
  • Needed more cases of respo/abdomen findings.

Developmental station

  • Maybe further development stations.
  • Shame that the children were tired.
  • Brilliant
  • Need more cases.
  • Teaching was excellent by Dr Pandya, wish we had more practice.
  • Perhaps could have had more.
  • Only 2 patients – more patients to assess.
  • Needs more cases.
  • Should have more cases.
  • More structured toys spread out.

Neurology station

  • Helpful to go through how to do vibration/proprioception properly.
  • Lots of different cases.  Great to see Friedrichs ataxia.
  • Very good practice for neuro.

Misc station

  • Especially useful: eyes, VP shunt, cochlear implant.
  • Good MIs

Respiratory Station

  • Nice.

Cardiovascular station

  • Lots of cases – great!
  • Need more time to clearly hear murmur.
  • Different varieties.
  • Lots of different cases.  Fab!
  • Well prepared cases, broad range.
  • Good teaching for how to present.

Miscellaneous station d1

  • Good exposure to wide variety.

Communication station 1

  • Fantastic range of difficult topics.
  • Very good actors and tips given.

Communication station 2

  • Very good actors.

Miscellaneious station d2

  • Good, especially eyes and head/neck.

History taking 1

  • Needs more scenarios.
  • Complex with multiple issues.

History taking 2

  • Good focus on CF.

History taking 3

  • Good focus on DM.

Video station

  • Would have been helpful to know more about the structure, i.e. timings, MCQs only, etc.
  • Needs more sound.
  • More sound.  More related to 1x and Mx rather than pure .
  • Excellent.
  • Felt a bit rushed.
  • A bit fast!
  • Good resource.
  • Needs more videos.
  • Good focus on one condition.
  • A lot of neuro!  Representative of exam.

Feedback given

  • Good feedback but not always made clear whether I would have passed or not.
  • Constructive and supportive.
  • Maybe excessively reassuring for some poorer candidates not meeting good standards but not being picked up.  Not clear on pass/fail standards of candidates.
  • Appreciate the strict detailed feedback.
  • Very helpful.


  • Nice to have tea, coffee, biscuits, snacks.

Any further comments for suggestions for improvement

  • Conduct one mock test just like exam.
  • Course was excellent for consolidating my current knowledge and expanding on exam technique.  
  • Brilliant.  Run more! Really excellent teaching and range of patients.
  • Further cases: myotonic dystrophy, GSDs, could have children with behavioural disorder for development.
  • Please arrange mock exams if possible.
  • You have done what you can and now it’s our turn.  Thank you so much to your team and the patients.
  • Excellent course with good range of cases and good examiners.
  • Excellent course, wonderful facilitators.  Thanks a lot to all of you.
  • Some sort of mock circuit.
  • Fantastic course, excellent range of patients.
  • Excellent breadth of cases.  Everyone friendly/supportive.  Good that we all got to examine each.  Perhaps useful to be told whether you would have passed and specific points to improve.
  • No-one answered the phone for booking my accommodation in the hospital accommodation.
  • Outstanding!  More development, video, Hx station.  Thanks a lot.
  • Amazing course, please continue.  Maybe change groups over 2 days to learn from others.
  • Very useful.  Thank you so much for your effort.
  • Need to show more video scenarios.
  • Useful to have ‘common’ or previous exam examples for each station ?on a handout.  More pre-course into please, expectations/dress code/structure/timings.