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Get Through MRCP Part 1: BOFs

2008 Edition, October 29, 2008

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  • Revision: 2008 Edition, October 29, 2008
  • Published Date: October 29, 2008
  • Status: Active, Most Current
  • Document Language: English
  • Published By: CRC Press (CRC)
  • Page Count: 319
  • ANSI Approved: No
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‘How do I get started?' ‘Which books should I read?' ‘Which are the best self-assessment books?' ‘How much time do I need for preparation?' These are the usual questions asked by the MRCP candidates. Rumours about the MRCP examination spread like a fire, conveying many wrong ideas and unhelpful ‘tips'.

Any type of examination, medical or non-medical, requires preparation. With careful reading, an appropriate duration of study and proper selfassessment, the candidate can safely secure a pass in this examination.

How do I get started? The answer is simple; start by reading accredited textbooks, chapter by chapter to build up a wealth of knowledge. An efficient physician should be familiar with the well-known medicine textbooks and their contents.

Which medical books should be read? The market is full of wellaccredited textbooks. I would suggest starting with Davidson's Principles and Practice of Medicine; it is simple, compact and covers many important aspects and themes of the examination. You should then extend your horizon by reading specialist textbooks.

How much time do I need for preparation? No one can answer this question for you; you are the only one who can judge your starting point and estimate the time needed to assimilate the necessary knowledge base. However, no less than 6 months would suffice for this purpose. The best tip is to take your time and there will be no need to rush.

Which are the best self-assessment books? This is an embarrassing question! The market is full of these books and the number is rising. Self-assessment books should be tackled only after reading textbooks. The idea is to self-assess, i.e. test your level of knowledge. Do not start your MRCP preparation journey by doing this step first. Do as many best of five (BOF) books as you can, identify your weak points and try to fill these gaps.

My examination is tomorrow! There is no need to panic. On the day before examination, for your own self-esteem, skim quickly over BOF questions.

What will happen on the day of examination? Reach the place of the examination at least 1 hour before the expected start time, and bring a grade 2B pencil and a rubber with you (some examination centres supply candidates with these). Each candidate has a dedicated seat labelled with his/her name (and sometimes code number). The MRCP UK Part 1 examination has two papers, 100 BOF questions in each, and each paper lasts 3 hours with a 1 hour break between. The candidate should choose the best possible answer from the five stems.

Verify your name, code number and examination number on the front page of each paper. Paper 1 is usually easier than paper 2. Read individual questions carefully and mark the answer sheet with your choice; if you face any difficult question, skip these and return to them at the end.