PACES MRCP UK - Where MRCPians Meet Since 2006

MRCP is well establised as an entry exam for advanced specialist training in many countries including Malaysia. It consists of 3 paper i.e. Part1, Part2(written tests) and PACES. PACES in full means Practical Assessment of Clinical Examination Skills. It is the third part and the candidate is assessed by fellows of RCP. I passed my PACES in 2005. I am glad that many seniors had guided me throughout my preparation for PACES and I wish to share my experiences with PACES candidates via this blog.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

"Tips for CVS station"

PACES candidate surely fail the CVS station if one can't get the correct murmur. However, it's not difficult to pass it. I still remember one of my consultant told me that the diagnosis of CVS does not rely on auscultation but the peripheral signs! So, you should have a lists of differentials just before the auscultation.
For example, think of PDA and AR for collapsing pulse. Irregularly irregular pulse (AF) would make you think of MS or ASD. So, please pay attention to the precious peripheral signs before you use stethoscope to assist/support your diagnsosis.



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