MRCP 2 PACES Courses

Recommended by 9 out of 10 attendees, our PACES courses provide plenty of hands-on experience to prepare you for the exam.

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MRCP 2 PACES Course 19-22 Jan 2018
£1395.00 - 19 - 22 January 2018
At our 4-day MRCP 2 PACES course you'll individually examine a number of patients and present your findings to tutors for expert feedback. You'll also work in small groups (maximum of 6) to see as many cases as possible (up to 100) and receive exam-focused teaching on all 5 stations. Attendees will also sit a PACES mock exam that covers all the elements of the exam to help build your confidence for the real thing.

Our support extends beyond the course so you can start your exam prep as soon as you've booked your place. Via MyPastest you'll get instant access to online videos, podcasts and handouts that cover all 5 exam stations. After the course, you'll be able to access patient images and teaching points via the Pastest app to reinforce what you learned.

Course Information

Venue Accommodation Lecturer Info Course Timetable
Whittington Hospital
Education Centre
Magdala Avenue
N19 5NF
We don't organise accommodation for candidates attending our courses as everyone has different needs. However, we have put together some links to local accommodation below. We don't endorse or recommend any of the establishments listed, and take no responsibility for any bookings made.

Doctor in the House provides well-priced accommodation for doctors attending courses and conferences around the UK.

Late Rooms offers good-value hotel accommodation across the UK. You can search by area to make sure you’re not too far from the course venue.

LastMinute also offers good deals on hotel stays. The 'secret' hotels can be good value for money, so are worth a look if you don't mind not knowing where you're going to stay until you pay. Sometimes if you Google the description you can find out where they are before you book.

There are a number of Premier Inns in Central London, including one near Euston, and another behind King's Cross train station. They are normally good, well-appointed but reasonable hotels, and often have sales or special offers if you book in advance.
Dr Curtis Rambaran (Course Director) is a NHS trained Consultant Physician with 15+ years clinical experience. Current clinics at Guy’s and St Thomas’ London combined with translational medicine work in Acute Coronary Syndrome and the assessment of cardiovascular risk in COPD.  Wellcome Trust Cardiology Research Fellow at King’s College London prior to completion of SpR training in GIM and Cardiovascular Pharmacology at Guy’s and St Thomas’ in 2009. Research interests include ethnic differences in vascular structure and function. Teacher on PACES courses for over 7 years.

Dr Syed Ahsan graduated from Guys Kings and St Thomas Medical School.  He has worked at the Hammersmith Hospital, London Chest Hospital, St Thomas’s and Kings.  Dr Ahsan is a senior Cardiology SpR and is specialising in cardiac electrophysiology and cardiac devices in North East Thames and is completing his MD.  His positions as SpR include the Royal Brompton Hospital and currently the Heart Hospital UCLH.  Dr Ahsan has been actively involved in teaching PACES students at UCLH.

Dr Sam Allen BSc(Hons), MBChB, MRCP, DTMH, MFTM(Glas), FRGS CCST (Infectious Diseases, General Medicine, Tropical Medicine) Consultant Physician in General Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases with specialist interest in Tropical Medicine, HIV and Blood-borne viruses. Clinical Lead for Blood-Borne Viruses Managed Care Network for NHS Ayrshire & Arran. He is trained in the management of category 4 pathogens including bioterrorism and was recently involved in the care and management of cases of anthrax. His main interest is in the clinical management of hepatitis C, hepatitis B and HIV.  

Dr Philip Ambery qualified from the University of Bristol in 1994; after attaining the MRCP he started specialist training in care of the elderly and general medicine, before returning after a spell in Sydney at the University of New South Wales to study Diabetes and Endocrinology. Dr Ambery started working for GlaxoSmithKline in 2001, and at the same time attained an honorary post with Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge. He is now clinical lead for Diabetes and Obesity research for MedImmune in Cambridge, and a Consultant Physician in General Internal Medicine. He holds dual fellowships (FRCP and FFPM), is chair of the Academic and Research certification committee of the GMC, and is extensively published in Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Pharmaceutical medicine.

Dr Michelle Fernando graduated from Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School (now part of Imperial College London). She trained in Rheumatology and General Medicine in the North Thames region and has worked at several hospitals including the Royal Free Hospital, UCLH and the Hammersmith Hospital. She undertook her PhD in Genetic Susceptibility in SLE at Imperial College London. She currently works as an Honorary Consultant Rheumatologist at the Lupus Unit at Guy's and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and Clinical Senior Lecturer in Molecular Medicine at King's College London where she continues her research delineating the functional consequences of genetic variation at the MHC region. Dr Fernando has organised the PACES examination at the Whittington Hospital and has been actively involved in PACES teaching and OSCE examinations at King's College London.

Dr Rohin Francis is a Cardiology Registrar who has studied at St. George's, UCL and Cambridge. He is currently Chief Resident at Papworth Hospital. He has been actively involved in teaching for many years, having previously served as Royal College of Physicians Associate Tutor and Regional Supervisor for Cambridge University students.

Dr Vishal Jayakar MD, MRCP, FRCPath is a Consultant Haematologist at Kingston and Royal Marsden Hospitals in London. His special interest is myeloid malignancies and bone marrow transplantation. He has strong teaching commitments at the St George's medical school. Dr Jayakar has been teaching on MRCP 1 and 2 courses for several years and runs his own courses for FRCPath-haematology twice a year at St George's hospital.

Dr Ricardo José is a Specialist Registrar in Respiratory Medicine and Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Fellow at the Centre for Inflammation and Tissue Repair, University College London.

Dr Diego Kaski graduated from University College London in 2004, having completed an intercalated BSc in Neurosciences in 2001. He completed a PhD in 2013 exploring the cortical mechanisms of gait, vestibular perception and spatial orientation, at Imperial College London. He has a vast experience in teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and has been lecturing for PACES for over 5 years. He is currently a Specialist Registrar in Neurology in the London Deanery.

Dr Ari Manuel is currently a British Research Council sponsored Research Fellow in sleep and ventilation at the Oxford Sleep Unit. His special interest is respiratory failure in obesity, and currently he is heavily involved with the Oxford Respiratory Trials Unit. He qualified from Imperial College and has also completed a British Heart Foundation-sponsored Biochemistry degree looking at the effect of Cadmium on fetal aortic cells. He has multiple peer-reviewed publications and poster and presentations at both international and national conferences. He has a track record of teaching, closely involved with Green Templeton College at the University of Oxford, and was previously an examiner for Barts and The London medical school.

Dr Aruchuna Mohanaruban graduated from Imperial College London in 2007, also completing an intercalated BSc in Pharmacology and Toxicology during his time there. He is currently working as a Clinical Research Fellow in Gastroenterology at St Mary’s Hospital funded by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR). He has a strong foundation in teaching having completed his Masters Degree in Medical Education at UCL in 2014. In the same year, he was nominated for the London Deanery “Best Teacher Award”.  

Dr Omar Mukhtar graduated from the University of Bristol in 2003, having completed an Intercalated Honours Degree in the Neurosciences at Imperial College, London. He has extensive experience of both undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and has a wide range of medical experience. He is currently a Specialist Registrar in Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics at King's College Hospital, London, where he was voted Trainer of the Year in 2009 and currently serves as the Associate RCP Tutor.

Dr Shairana Naleem is an Acute Medicine Consultant at King's College Hospital, London with specialist interests in medical education and ultrasound. She is a reviewer for the BMJ Postgraduate Medical Journal and an RCP Associate Tutor. She completed her primary medical training at University College London and went on to gain a Masters in Medical Education with the Royal College of Physicians and UCL, having also enjoyed a Clinical Education Fellowship at Barts.  She has worked at a variety of teaching hospitals in London and the Eastern region whilst completing her ACCS and Acute Medicine training. Her main educational research interests include preparedness for the MRCP (UK) PACES (which was the subject of her thesis), pastoral care for trainees and high fidelity simulation based learning and she has previously designed regional patient-safety orientated simulation and skills courses for trainees including CMTs and new registrars at St George's Hospital London and e-learning and simulation resources for medical students at Barts. She is dedicated to collaborative learning to optimise acute care and is a champion for multidisciplinary frontline medicine and hands-on educational experiences. She actively promotes women in hospital medicine and work-life balance and enjoys juggling two children with a rewarding dynamic hospital role that inspires her passion for education and teaching.

Dr Sukhjinder Nijjer is a Cardiology Registrar in North West Thames, London Deanery. His specialist interests include coronary intervention and structural heart disease. He is undertaking research in coronary physiology. He enjoys teaching both undergraduates and postgraduates and has been closely involved in teaching PACES in London for PasTest for several years.

Dr Helen Paynter qualified in Bristol in 1992 and obtained her MRCP in 1996. She has worked at many hospitals in the South West and South Wales, and most recently spent three years as Associate Specialist in Nephrology at Princess of Wales Hospital, Bridgend.

Dr Nikhil Sharma is a Consultant Neurologist at the National Hospital of Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queens Square, London and Senior Clinical Researcher at the MRC Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing at UCL. Dr Sharma qualified at the University of Liverpool and completed his general medical training at St James’s University Hospital in Leeds and the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queens Square, London. He completed his clinical training in Neurology at King's College Hospital, Hurstwood Park Neuroscience Centre and the National Hospital of Neurology. He has held research positions at the University of Cambridge and the National Institute of Health (NIH), Bethesda, USA. Dr Sharma recognises that many junior doctors fear Neurology! Over a decade of teaching Neurology across several centres, Dr Sharma has developed an approach to Neurology that makes it more manageable - the result is that junior doctors feel more confident with localisation and are able to discuss cases with more confidence.

Dr Richa Singh is a Speciality Registrar in Respiratory and General Medicine in the North East Thames deanery. Her interests include COPD and their exacerbations. She is currently undertaking a PhD in mechanisms of bacterial colonisation in COPD at UCL. Dr Singh has been involved in both undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in London and UCL and Royal Free Medical School Hospitals since 2003, and has previously taught on the Royal Society of Medicine Young Fellow’s ‘Becoming a house officer/FY1’courses.

PACES 4-Day Course Sample Timetable

Day 1

08.10   Refreshments & registration
08.25  Introduction & welcome
08.30   Presentation - Neurology
09.00   Station 5
10.30  Refreshments
10.45  Neurology
12.15  Lunch
13.15  Abdominal
14.45  Refreshments
15.00  History Taking
16.30  Finish (clinical stations)
16.45   Evening lecture (optional attendance)
18.45   Finish

Day 2

08.45   Refreshments
09.00  Respiratory
10.30  Refreshments
10.45  Cardiology
12.15  Lunch
13.15  Presentation Skills
14.45  Refreshments
15.00  Communication & Ethics
16.30  Finish (clinical stations)
16.45  Presentation - Preparation for Mock Exam
17.15  Finish

Day 3 (Mock Exam Day)

08.15   Refreshments
08.45   Station 5
10.30  Refreshments
10.45  Communication & Ethics
12.30  Lunch
13.15  Clinical Stations 1 & 3
15.00  Refreshments
15.15  History Taking
17.00  Finish

Day 4

08.45   Refreshments
09.00  Neurology
10.30  Refreshments
10.45  Cardiology
12.15  Lunch
13.15  Station 5
14.45  Refreshments
15.00  Station 5
16.30  Finish

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