Dear All
Thank you for joining our first ‘later’ session at 6:00 – 7:00 pm UK time.

We covered the changes to the Clinical exam announced by RCPCH so far. We still await details of how the Clinical, extended Clinical and the Development stations will actually play out.

The video recording of the session will be available for 2 weeks for those at work and could not attend.

Communication, History and Management and Video stations are remaining the same. The total exam target time will also remain the same. I will practice on zoom in these interactive sessions I feel provides a realistic view of what will be in the exam. A lot can be observed and inferred in respect to communication skills i.e. body language, tone of voice and most crucial our response to the role player. There are likely to be professional actors who will be very realistic.

We covered important Do’s and Don’ts of communication station and importance of communication skills all across the exam. 25% marks come from here – as was pointed out some time ago my one of my colleagues.

We will continue with the two sessions on Tuesday and Thursdays 4:00-5:00 pm and 6:00-7:00 pm and monitor the attendance at these sessions for 4 weeks. We can then jointly take the decision on the way forward.

Some of you expressed your disappointment at not being able to get a place at the exam in November. In some ways it may be a blessing in that by next diet we will know more and teething troubles will have been noted and addressed.In my experience it take approximately 6 of dedicated work to feel comfortable at the exam.

I will ask if you can let me know which time will be more suitable for you so I can plan the session.

I would need a or more if willing, volunteers for the next 2 sessions to be the role player.

I intend to move to video station after.

Look forward to your reply.

Anil Garg