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Cambridge MRCPsych Critical Review Course

Designed for MRCPsych Paper B

Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th February 2017

Dr. Paul Wilkinson, University Lecturer and Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at the University of Cambridge, will deliver this weekend course. He has been running a crash course for the MRCPsych Critical Appraisal exams since 2003.  We are now moving this course to once per year, in the Spring, so there will be no course in Autumn 2017.

This course will thoroughly prepare candidates for the epidemiology, statistics and research methodology components of the MRCPsych Paper B.  The RCPsych curriculum for Critical Review will be used as a basis for what is taught.  The course will teach General Research Methodology and all specific research types e.g. RCTs, health economics, aetiology, qualitative research etc.  After each mini topic there will be MCQ/ EMQ practice and discussion.  The course will cover all statistical tests that are likely to come up in the exam, e.g. Mann-Whitney, multiple regression, and discuss how to interpret them and answer questions on them.  The statistics will be scattered through the day, presented together with the relevant study design, to keep it in small doses!  Teaching will include essential calculations e.g. NNT, sensitivity, specificity, likelihood ratio.  Candidates will have plenty of opportunities to practise these calculations.  The course will conclude with MCQs and EMIQs that test knowledge across study designs e.g. Which is the best statistical test to use in a specific situation?  What type of bias would occur in this situation?  Which is the most appropriate study design?  And finally there will be some practice on the sets of questions that accompany an excerpt from a real research paper.

We shall use a bank of more than 300 questions including MCQs and EMIQs from recent exams, the pilot exams, questions adapted from the old-style exam and questions written by the Cambridge team.  Full paper handouts will be given of questions; answers and explanations; and slides used to teach theoretical material.  Some questions will be sent to candidates before the course, so they can try them in advance if they so wish.


Fee: £300  (£240 for internal Cambridge MRCPsych course candidates)

We offer a reduced fee of £200 (£160 for internals) for candidates coming to the course on a second occasion.

Contact: Nicholas Morgan, 01223 884024, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Next Course Cost:
Cambridge MRCPsych Critical Review Course for Paper B:   February 2018 (date to be confirmed) £300 (£240 for Cambridge MRCPsych Course candidates)