Will the new PACES Exam format be implemented from Diet 1, 2021?
As of 9th Aug, 2020, MRCP UK website has NOT announced whether they will introduce the new format from diet 1, 2021 or not. So, no one knows for sure at the moment.
What are the changes for the PACES Exam next year (2021)?
Station 2 (History Taking Station), Station 4 (Communication Station) and Station 5 (Brief Clinical Consultation Stations) are removed.
What is being added?
Communication stations: There will be 2x 10 mins communication stations. There will be no question and answer section with the examiners.
Consultation stations: There will be 2 x 20 mins consultation stations, where you will have to take history, perform physical examination and discuss management plans and address the patient’s concerns for 15 mins, followed by 5 mins question and answer section with the examiners.
What shall I do if I want to prepare for PACES 2021?
Though there may be changes in PACES Exam next year, you should continue practising the topics from the current PACES Exam. The basics are the same.
There will be NO changes in physical examination stations (Current Station 1 and 3).
The topics and the important points for Communication stations will be the same as the current exam. The main difference is that you will not encounter questions from the examiners.
You will have more time for consultation stations (compared to the current brief clinical consultation stations), but the topics, structure and general concept will be the same. You will have more time to think, perform and address the concerns.