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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

Dean's Update: Dr Wendy Burn

The MRCPsych examination and New Chief Examiner

New Dean: Dr Wendy Burn

The Chief Examiner, Professor Anthony Bateman, finished his term of office recently. I would like to thank him for his hard work in post. I am pleased to announce that his replacement is Dr Peter Bowie. He will be working with me on various enhancements to the examination (see below).


Some of you will know the College has recently made a surplus from the examination fees. The College has always stated that it does not set out to make a profit from examinations and this appears to have come about from an underestimate of the number of candidates. At a recent Council meeting it was agreed that examination fees for next year will be frozen with a 15% reduction for Affiliates and trainees registered with the College.


The issue of what should be done with the money from the examinations needs thought. One suggestion is to use it to develop an online revision course for MRCPsych.


Dual training

Since Modernising Medical Careers was implemented in August 2007, the issue of whether trainees can undertake training in 2 CCTs, or dual training has been unclear. The GMC has now clarified that trainees wishing to undertake training for 2 CCTs may do so provided they follow these guidelines.


Associate-Dean for Equivalence

Professor Tony Rao has ended his term of office as Associate-Dean for Equivalence. I would like to thank him for all his hard work and the changes he introduced. Dr Helen Bruce has now taken on this role.


Annual Postgraduate Medical Education and Training conference 2012, Cambridge, 4 & 5 October 2012

Our guest speaker is Sir John Temple who will be giving an update on his report “Time for Training”. I hope to see many of you there. If you have any issues you wish to discuss with me please contact me”.





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