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Analysis of predictors of success in the MRCP (UK) PACES examination in candidates attending a revision course
  1. R Bessant1,
  2. D Bessant2,
  3. A Chesser3,
  4. G Coakley4
  1. 1Pastest, Knutsford, UK
  2. 2Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, UK
  3. 3Department of Nephrology, Royal London Hospital, London, UK
  4. 4Queen Elizabeth Hospital, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr G Coakley
 Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Stadium Road, London SE18 4QH,UK; gerald.coakley{at}nhs.net

Abstract

Objective: To determine factors that predict success of candidates taking a revision course in preparation for the MRCP (UK) PACES (practical assessment of clinical examination skills) examination.

Design: A questionnaire survey of candidates attending a PACES revision course. Results were correlated with subsequent pass lists published by the Colleges of Physicians

Setting and subjects: Candidates attending courses in June and October 2002. In total, 523 candidates completed questionnaires, evenly balanced between UK and overseas graduates.

Results: Of 483 candidates who took the examination immediately after the course, 219 (45.3%) passed. UK graduates were more likely to pass (67.0%) than overseas graduates (26.2%) (p = 0.003, odds ratio 5.72). For UK graduates, pass rates were higher for white candidates (73%) than for ethnic minorities (56%) (p = 0.012, OR 2.15) and for those who passed at the first attempt in the MRCP (UK) part 2 written paper (p = 0.003, OR 2.90). For overseas graduates, those who had been qualified for less than eight years were more likely to pass (p = 0.001, OR 2.78). More overseas (45.7%) than UK (30.8%) graduates were confident that they would pass, but confidence did not predict success.

Conclusion: Among candidates taking a revision course, UK graduates are more likely to pass the PACES examination than non-UK graduates. Ethnic minority UK graduates seem to have a significantly poorer success rate, although this requires confirmation in an independent sample. If confirmed, these differences merit further investigation to assess whether they reflect genuine differences in ability.

  • ethnicity
  • MRCP
  • PACES
  • fairness

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Footnotes

  • Competing interests: all the authors are regular teachers on the PasTest PACES courses, and are paid for the teaching they provide. RB is a Course Director for PasTest.

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