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.


Thursday, May 31, 2007

PACES Window!


One of the station that most PACES candidate fear is fundus station. In this station, our fate is dependent on the small window i.e. pupil. I had a bad experience during PACES exam as the patient's pupils were not well dilated during my PM session. Later, I only learnt that the pupils will only be dilated once in PACES. So, if you do get a "small window", remember to commend that your examination of the fundus is suboptimal.

I found a visual guide on fundocopic examination by California State University. Hope it helps.

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3 Comments:

At 6/01/2007 01:41:00 PM, Blogger fibrate said...

Something from my experience...

Sometimes the abnormality is confined to one eye. If you're not so lucky to begin with the good eye, don't panic and don't linger on that eye for too long looking for something that isn't there.

This happened to me in my PACES. When I moved on to the next eye I was beyond relief to see some pathology.

 
At 6/03/2007 11:03:00 AM, Blogger Dr. David Teoh (eMRCPian) said...

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At 6/03/2007 11:04:00 AM, Blogger Dr. David Teoh (eMRCPian) said...

I absolutely agree with you. The clue of diagnosis may be on the legs i.e. diabetic dermopathy!!

 

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