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Welcome to PassPACES - your passport to PACES success!

Our highly experienced lecturers help hundreds of candidates successfully negotiate the MRCP PACES examination each year. MRCP PACES Courses

Our aim is to ensure that you Pass PACES first time!

'Attending the almost legendary PassPACES course ... has often been described as the only sure way to pass the exam.'   'Choosing the right course' BMJ Careers, 2 October 2012


4 day MRCP PACES Clinical Courses

  • Neurology / Ophthalmology day
  • Cardiorespiratory day
  • Mock Examination with individual feedback
  • Small groups (4-6 candidates per lecturer)
  • Daily Lunchtime demonstrations of clinical examination techniques
  • Station 5 Mock Examination and teaching
    based on candidate survey

All PassPACES courses in 2013, in
2014 and
during January - June 2015 were fully booked !!!

We recommend that you book early for 
September/ October 2015

Course Details and Dates                                For your PACES preparation we recommend

                                                      The Pocketbook for PACES

Profiles of Our Lecturers

Feedback from our Courses

Thank you from Ipswich!

'As one of eight doctors from Ipswich Hospital to attend the PassPACES Course, I just wanted to pass on my thanks for a fantastic course. The patients were amazing; not only having superb clinical signs, but also pointing us in the right direction should we be struggling!

The clinical lecturers taught enthusiastically, with a good sense of humour; the mock exam and the way the lecturers responded during the mock was extremely relevant and useful for the actual exam. The feedback we were given during the course reflected the style of the exam marking system and was invaluable for improving any "weak" spots.

It was a 100% pass rate for the Ipswich group who all attended the PassPACES Course - all of us "first timers" - thank you so much for helping us to achieve this.'

Dr. Johanne Brooks, MRCP, Ipswich, UK


I passed PACES on my first attempt with a score of 171/172. I am certain that without attending PassPACES that would not have been possible. Seeing so much pathology and being asked all the questions before the exam makes the whole process so much easier.

Dr. Bradley Porter, MRCP, Stoke Mandeville Hospital 


‘I just wanted to inform you I passed my MRCPI clinical exam in June. I attended your course in May and found it truly amazing from start to finish. Without PassPACES I would never have passed.

I was delighted that I attended a course five weeks prior to my exam. This allowed me sufficient time to plan and target my revision, based on the clinical teaching that I received at the course.

All the cases I encountered in my exam had been taught to me at the course.

You have a very talented team of tutors and do great work. Thanks again for helping me through and wishing you continued success in your work. Kind regards.’

Dr. Roisin O’Connor, MRCPI, Beaumont Hospital, Dublin, Eire


‘I would highly recommend the PassPACES course.

Through attending this course I was able to better structure my exam preparation and revision. It taught me how to approach cases on the wards in a focused, exam oriented manner. There were a good range of cases available to examine and be taught on.

One of the biggest strengths of the course was the way in which the tutors helped prepare you for strategies to cope with the unexpected cases that were complicated and not 'barn door'. When it came to the neurology case in the exam, the diagnosis was unclear, but by using some of the skills I gained on the course I was able to work my way through logically, without panicking and gave a sensible differential. I gained full marks in this case, which I would not have done prior to the course.

I passed with full marks in all stations except one with a score of 170/172.’

Dr. Roslyn Perring, MRCP, Ealing Hospital, London


‘I would like to thank you for your excellent course. The high quality lectures I received and the wide variety of patients I encountered during the PassPACES Course really made all the difference. Taking your course 2 months prior to my exam made me realize the amount of work I needed to put in and it certainly paid off, as I was able to optimize the planning of my revision.

I have been successful in passing my PACES with a score of 165/172 on my first attempt. I believe that I would not have achieved such a high score if it wasn't for this course. Thank you once again!’

Dr Edward Chong, MRCP, Sheffield, UK.


‘We are delighted to inform you that all three of the St James' Hospital MRCPI candidates who attended PassPACES passed the Irish MRCPI examination.

PassPACES both significantly added to our knowledge and gave us the confidence and finesse to perform under pressure at our Irish MRCPI Clinical examination, in a manner we all agree would not have been possible had we not attended your course. We appreciated that special attention was given also to the Irish long case. We received constructive, personal feedback throughout from excellent lecturers, who are approachable and eager to teach. This course was recommended to us by colleagues and we are very keen to do the same.’

Drs. James Nolan, Stephanie Menzies and Cathal O'Broin, MRCPI, St James’ Hospital, Dublin.

The PassPACES course is far superior to all the other PACES courses out there.  It delivers teaching of the highest calibre and one would struggle to find the breadth and depth of clinical cases and syndromes in one location that is provided at PassPACES.  As a previous multiple written exams failure, I passed my PACES first time with a high score, and I attribute this solely to the excellent teaching and exposure to the full range of medical patients that I had on the PassPACES course.  The teaching also enabled me to refine my presentation technique - a skill very much required in the PACES exam and one that really is pass/fail. 

I cannot recommend this course highly enough to anyone preparing for their final MRCP.  I plan to use what I learnt at this course in my everyday practice, too, as it has helped me to identify complex medical problems through the sheer skill of a detailed and considered bedside examination technique.

Dr Georgina Ashfield, MRCP, Milton Keynes


I just wanted to write and thank the PassPACES team. I struggled with PACES before so attended the course and just found out I passed with a score of 161/172. The course had a large number of patients with a wide variety of conditions and we were given good advice on how to spot subtle clinical signs that could easily be missed.

There were no surprises in the real exam, having examined patients on this course, but even if there had been, the course taught me how to be systematic and give an intelligent presentation and differential diagnosis. The clinical lecturers were enthusiastic and approachable. The mock exam was a good experience to practise examining and presenting in front of someone who remains expressionless (like the real thing)! The last day provided a good session where one could freely examine patients and clear up concerns with the lecturers.

I would recommend the course not only to pass PACES but for one's career in general.

Thanks again,

Dr. Eleni Josephides, MRCP, Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospitals, London.


I wanted to let you know that I passed the MFOM Part 2 exam. What a relief!

The course was excellent.  I have never seen so much pathology in one place!  A real PACES community!
The teaching was very good, in the general systems overviews at the start of each day, the small group work and individually when presenting patients.  The teachers were patient, approachable and helpful, informing our thought process to aid the presentation of our findings.
It was daunting as I have been out of hospital medicine for a very long time, but I soon got over that!

I was really grateful that you were able to offer the MFOM candidates a long case to help specifically in our preparation, which was different to the PACES exam.
Thank you very much for such a great course, it really improved my confidence and "reminded" me of much I had forgotten!

With many thanks,
Milly Hanlon, MFOM


Dear Dr Bessant and all the tutors at PassPACES,

I would like to thank you all at PassPACES for the expert teaching and guidance I received at your course in September.

Through excellent clinical teaching, a wide variety of fantastic patients, who not only had great clinical signs, but a vast knowledge of their condition, very enthusiastic teachers who gave me invaluable exam tips on how to approach even the most difficult of cases, I can certainly say this was the best medical course I have ever attended.

I was given plenty of opportunities to perfect my examination technique and received personal feedback through small group teaching. I was also able to practise history-taking and communication skills based on previous exam scenarios. Whilst I was extremely nervous for the mock exam, it was easily the best way to prepare me for my PACES exam, highlighting my strengths and weaknesses and again learning through constructive criticism.

As my actual exam was 7 weeks after the course I was able to structure my revision carefully and develop the knowledge I had gained on the course even further.  

I passed my PACES exam at my first attempt with a score of 167 out of 172, which I am absolutely delighted with!

I know I would not have achieved this without attending your course. Thank you very much again for all your help and I would recommend your course to anyone sitting their PACES exam in the future.

Kind Regards,

Dr. Eimear Wright, MRCP, Musgrave Park Hospital, Belfast.


We just graduated with our MRCPI a couple of weeks ago.

We wanted to say thanks very much for all the help received at the PassPACES course, which probably made the difference between passing and failing.

We were faced by some very intimidating examiners on the day, and the mock exams really helped.

Kind regards,

Dr. Kieran Murray, MRCPI, Beaumont Hospital, Dublin and Dr. Aoibheann Flynn, MRCPI, St James, Dublin.


‘I just wanted to let you know I passed PACES at my first attempt with a mark of 167/172, scoring full marks on all but two stations. I couldn't believe it when i received my results, especially as I'm a radiology trainee who did not have day to day exposure to patients or access to any organised teaching. I'm sure my success was due in a large part to your course.

PassPACES not only exposed me to a huge number of very knowledgeable and helpful patients with interesting signs, but also taught me how to approach each station with a professional attitude and a higher level problem solving approach. I must thank your team, including the patients involved, for all your hard work.’

Dr Helen Cliffe, MRCP, Radiology ST1, Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust


‘To all the Teachers at PassPACES.
Many thanks with all your help preparing me for PACES. I passed at my first attempt, with 88%, and no doubt in huge part to attending your course. It was well structured throughout, providing me with immediate tips to put into effect, as well as areas to continue developing in the run up to the exam. This was particularly important for me, as I attend the course 2 months before my exam. The level of teaching was excellent with enthusiastic teachers who really took the time to give personalised feedback. The PassPACES course covered all aspects of the exam and enabled me to enter the exam feeling prepared and ready to sit it. I am extremely grateful and would recommend it to everyone sitting the PACES exam.’
Dr. James Offer, MRCP, Queen's Hospital Nottingham


‘I recently attended the PassPACES course and discovered yesterday that I had passed the PACES examination, with a score of 168/172.

The PassPACES course was fantastic; amazing patients with not only great clinical signs, but real knowledge about their conditions, and brilliant tutors who clearly enjoyed teaching.

I will definitely be recommending the course.

Thank you again to everyone for the hard work they put in.’

Dr. Emma Ormerod, MRCP, Bristol Royal Infirmary


Dear Dr. Bessant,
I just thought
I’d let you know that I passed PACES at my first attempt on Sunday! Very, very happy!
Thank you so much for organising such a fantastic course;
I really felt there was a genuine interest to make the attendees better physicians and to reach a standard which is maybe no longer expected in modern-day medical school training, or even, the NHS. When I wrote the BMJ article in September, I didn't fully appreciate the value of the comments made about the course, but I am glad this has been all confirmed! 'Choosing the right course'. BMJ Careers, 2 October 2012.
As you know, I was nervous during the course, but it all came together on the day! Please pass on my thanks to the examiners/ instructors from the course,
P.S. The Pocketbook for PACES is fantastic - thanks again.
Best wishes,

Dr. Farhana Ara, MRCP, Leicester Royal Infirmary, UK


‘Dear Dr. Bessant and other PassPACES team members,

I am glad to say that I passed PACES exam. I want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart. This course has immensely helped me especially during the stress of the exam. The variety of cases, a lot of clinical signs, very well structured program all deserve double thumbs up. I have attended other courses but none of them stand up to the PassPACES course. I think the wonderful thing about this course is that you get to examine all the patients yourself. 

Thank you once again for putting things in perspective and helping me pass the exam.’

Dr. Aarthi Surendran, MRCP, Darent Valley Hospital.


‘Dear Dr. Bessant & the PassPACES Team,

Thank you for your help!  I happy to say I passed on the first attempt (with full marks on most stations)! Before taking the course I was really unaware of what was expected for PACES.
The course was extremely well organized and did four key things for me:

Improved my clinical presenting with very constructive direction from seniors.

Put a large number of textbook cases in front me. (Nothing like seeing the real thing and having Consultants to talk you through findings!)

Taught me fundoscopy 

The mock meanwhile put me in the PACES mental state before the real thing.

Having taken your course I felt comfortable, unafraid of the eye, and really relaxed and ready on the big day. 

I have readily recommended your course to anyone who asks!  

Your dedication really comes through in the high standard of teaching.

Thank you!’

Dr. Ronit Das MRCP, DHMSA DPMSA, Nottingham.


 ‘Just to say thanks very much for a fantastic course.

It made such a difference to me passing the exam in August. The PassPACES course increased my confidence and provided invaluable preparation. 

The cases were very close to those I encountered in the exam, and some of the questions I was asked were exactly the same!

Once again thank you for a hugely valuable course.’

Dr. Anna Forbes, MRCP, Hammersmith Hospital, London.


‘Hi Dr Bessant and the wonderful team at PassPACES,
We passed!
We would like to say a great BIG THANK YOU to all the PassPACES tutors for helping us to pass our exam. We attended the course in early October in preparation for our PACES exam in Singapore.
We are very happy to tell you that we both passed, and this is without a doubt, largely contributed by the team at PassPACES, the fantastic tutors and the knowledgeable patients. The patients were fantastic tutors themselves, showing us the signs that we missed initially. The tutors showed us how important it was to take a step back and inspect thoroughly. A great learning opportunity which we strongly recommend to anyone who plans to do PACES.

We just wanted to extend our thanks and sincerest appreciation again for organising such a well-run course, and for your valuable advice and teaching, that has helped us to be successful in the exam =)

Wishing you the very best,’

Dr. Newman Cheng, MRCP and Dr. Chiang Jianbang, MRCP, Singapore General Hospital.


‘Dear PassPACES,

I wanted to inform you that I passed PACES and to thank you for your all your help. I believe this is a fantastic course and, as well as being a vital aid for passing PACES, I see it as an essential part of one's training as a physician. I believe I will benefit from having attended this course for years to come.
It would take months of travelling wards and attending clinics to see the vast and varied constellation of clinical signs condensed into the course.

The teaching is of the highest standard and is delivered by specialists who are enthusiastic about medical education.
In the exam I got full marks in all the stations where I had encountered the pathology on the course. So many thanks and continue the great work!’

Dr. Philip Coakley, MRCP, Homerton Hospital, London.


 ‘I would recommend this course to anyone taking PACES. These four days were precisely what I needed before my exam. The broad range of patients, experience examining under pressure and the feedback I received were all invaluable. I finished the course having a lot more confidence in my approach to Station 5, with picking up signs and being able to have a sensible discussion about diagnosis and management. I gained a much better understanding of PACES and of what was expected from me. I passed at my first attempt with full marks in six out of eight encounters. Thank you for the course!’

Dr. Malvika Gulati, MRCP, Northwick Park Hospital, London


‘The PassPACES course was very well organised. I liked the structure of the course, with an early lecture on the subject of the day, followed by seeing a huge volume of interesting patients with excellent clinical signs. The patients were so well-informed about their conditions and even helped us to elicit their signs! The tutors were excellent - friendly, knowledgeable and approachable, teaching things simply and effectively in small groups. They stretched the group’s knowledge and guided us through unusual conditions.

'The Pocketbook for PACES' is an excellent resource of everything and more that you would need to know to pass the PACES exam. It is easy to read and easy to carry around with you on the wards. It is well structured, in a clear and concise format, and much more comprehensive than other books of a similar size. The viva questions at the end of each topic are a good guide to help direct learning about wider knowledge in each subject and to give confidence in the exam.’

Dr. Emily Renninson, MRCP, Cheltenham General Hospital


 ‘Dear Dr Bessant and the PassPACES team,

Thank you for running such a brilliant course.

I attended the Jan 15th-18th PassPACES course (and no other revision courses!)

Exam 27th Jan Brighton

Outcome: Pass

With only 5 weeks to revise for the exam, your course was a significant and pivotal part of my practical and psychological preparation. Thank you to the tutors whose tips on technique, along with their wisdom and enthusiasm for their specialities was inspiring and insightful. The opportunity to see such a variety of patients with fantastic signs and unforgettable histories was certainly fundamental to my first time success.

Warmest wishes and many thanks again.’

Dr. Clare Warrell, DMCC FRGS MRCP, Hammersmith Hospital, UK


‘Hi Dr Bessant,

Just to let you know I passed my PACES exam. I got a score of 168/172 which I am really proud of. Many thanks with all your help.’

Dr. Pratik Solanki, MRCP, Kings College Hospital, London, UK


‘Just a quick email to say thanks a million for the course. I'm sure you have heard it a million times but just to reiterate, it was an extremely well run, professional course, with an extremely motivated group of enthusiastic specialists. The set up was perfect, focused on the important aspects of the exam, and highlighted the areas that I needed to cover in more detail myself.

In a move that has shocked no one more than myself, I've managed to pass the MRCPI, and genuinely don't think I would have been successful without the course. Every lecturer I met was clearly passionate about their chosen field and that made a huge difference. Special mention has to go to those mock short cases which were an invaluable experience, so thanks for the push!

All the best and thanks again, I'll be praising the course for many years to come!’

Dr. Osmond Morris, MRCPI, St James’ Hospital, Dublin, Eire.


‘Dear PassPACES,

I am writing to express my gratitude for your time and efforts in organising such an informative and educational course. I have recently passed my PACES on my first attempt scoring 160 / 172.

A large part of my ability to achieve this came from the succinct key messages, which were easy to remember, the systematic approach that I learnt from the course, and the experience I gained through such a variety of patients.
Indeed the history station in my exam was the one that I had practiced on the course.
I was delighted to have passed my PACES at this stage in my career as a CT1, which provides me with more freedom in strengthening other areas of my experience in preparation for the next stage of my training. I would also like to add that the course not only taught me skills in passing exams, but also lifelong clinical acumen, including methods and structures in the examination and management of conditions seen in both acute and chronic settings.

I thoroughly enjoyed the course. Please do forward my appreciation to the tutors.

Thank you again and I wish you continuous success in benefiting the next generation of clinicians like myself - I will certainly recommend this course to my colleagues for many years to come. 

Best wishes,’

Dr. Simiao Liu, MRCP, St. Georges Hospital, London.


 ‘Dear Dr. Bessant and the amazing PassPACES lecturers,

I passed my PACES on my first attempt and can't be more thankful and grateful for all your excellent teaching and constructive comments during the course!! Extremely pleased :)

The PassPACES Pocketbook had become my bible coming up to the exams - the amount of information contained in that concise small book is invaluable!

My deepest gratitude to all the instructors on the course. THANK YOU ever so much!!’

Dr. Pei Gee Chew (Peggy), MRCP, Aintree University Hospital, Liverpool


‘Dear Dr Bessant,

The first thing to say is that I have passed the exam (scoring 164/172)!

I am really grateful for the extensive, thorough and sometimes gruelling preparation that the PassPACES course offered in terms of attention to detail, presentation skills and, perhaps most importantly, station 5. Nothing prepared me for the real thing as much as the mock test, which was powerful in its ability to replicate the PACES examination, not only with respect to patients and clinical signs, but also in terms of the psychological challenge that nervousness presents, which one must learn to master on the day of the exam!

As a first year CMT, I never quite expected to pass first time, and am still astonished that it has happened. I genuinely think that having attended the course, my confidence level, clinical acumen and performance skills were given a much-needed boost! I therefore cannot speak highly enough of this course as excellent PACES preparation. I was particularly impressed by some of the patients' vast knowledge about their own condition, and their examination tips/advice.’

Dr. Prarthana Thiagarajan, MRCP, Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham.


‘Dear Dr Bessant

I attended your PassPACES course this year. I just wanted to let you know that I did pass PACES, with a score of 166/172. I had not done medicine for many years, as I am an Emergency Medicine Trainee. This also meant that I had relatively little ward based teaching. So I would like to extend my thanks to you for your tutoring and encouragement. Please also thank the many consultants and registrars on the course who gave excellent guidance on how to examine quite complex patients, and good feedback on how to fine tune examination and history/communication skills, both throughout the course and during the mock. 

I also thought that your book 'The Pocketbook for PACES' was excellent. It was my sole revision material, which I read cover to cover at least three times and used it when seeing patients on the ward. I did have the PACES classics, but thought that this book was clearly more targeted to the modern PACES exam. It is clear and concise with some lists and up-to-date tables (i.e. ABCD2 scoring), and appropriate detailed explanation when necessary. It also provides structured approach and management on many conditions that I do not see very often (i.e. HIV and SLE). The 'Top Tips' were easy to remember gems. Indeed I now keep this book in my locker at work for quick reference when seeing some patients in the Emergency Department.‘

Dr. Jacqualine Seckley, MRCP, Emergency Medicine Trainee, Musgrove NHS Trust, UK


‘Dear Dr Bessant and colleagues at PassPACES,

I've just found out that I passed my exam with a score of 153/172. I am delighted, and very grateful for your course, without which I don't think I would have passed. I had a thoroughly enjoyable four days, during which an impressive number of cases and breadth of material was covered.

Coaching from both tutors and expert patients helped take my clinical skills to the next level. As a GP trainee, only a couple of months out of foundation training, I was daunted by the prospect of the exam, but PassPACES gave me confidence and a targeted approach to preparation.

Many, many thanks once again.’

Dr. Amy Kang, MRCP, GP VTS ST1, Oxford Deanery


‘Dear PassPACES

Many thanks for organising the course. I'm delighted to say I passed on my 1st attempt. I'm certain this was in no small part due to your course. I got a score of 164 which is testament to the structure of your course and the hard work of the tutors and patients who kindly agreed to take part.

Many thanks once again to you all.’

Dr. James White MRCP, Royal Liverpool Infirmary, UK


‘I would like to convey my sincere gratitude to the PassPACES team. I attended the course because every successful candidate that I spoke to had gone through the rigorous but well prepped PassPACES course.

It was at the course that I finally understood what PACES was all about. The standard was high across all the specialties, the staff were very professional and I would highly recommend the course to any one preparing to take the exam. As a GP trainee, I am proud to have acquired skills and knowledge that I feel have made me a more confident and better doctor. I am therefore over the moon in attaining full marks in ALL but 1.5 stations on my first attempt!’

Dr Tim Mogga, MRCP, GPVTS, Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells Hospital, UK.


‘Many thanks for your wonderful course. I'm very pleased to say I got through on the first attempt, not bad for someone just starting CT1! Thanks of course in a large part to you.

I especially found the course useful for laying out how to approach stations, working on timing and presentation, as well as how to ensure I can give a good differential and a coherent presentation after just six minutes examination. I also thought that the course was very useful for station 5, which I felt most ill-prepared for and did not really know how to approach beforehand.

I've recommended PassPACES to all my friends as well as the Pocketbook for PACES, which I only discovered late on in my revision but found absolutely invaluable.‘

Dr. Will Watson, MRCP, Bury St Edmunds, UK


‘I would highly recommend the PassPACES course to anyone sitting for the MRCP PACES exam.

The quality of the teaching is first-class; the lecturers are experienced and provide comprehensive teaching, covering all that you need to know for the exam. The best feature of this course, compared to other courses, is that the teaching sessions are carried out in small groups.

I was 33 weeks pregnant when I sat for my exam. I was definitely not in my best shape and did not expect to pass. This pre-exam course gave me the confidence I needed to perform optimally in my exam and I passed on my first attempt.

Definitely money well-spent! Thank you.’

Dr SP Tan, MRCP, Homerton University Hospital, London, UK.


‘I am from Singapore and I attended your course in May this year. I am glad to announce that I just passed the October PACES, at my first attempt!

Definitely, your course was a huge factor in my success. I would like to record my gratitude to all the tutors, patients, and surrogates. The tutors provided valuable feedback in allowing me to shape up my performance. The variety of cases was excellent. Thank you once again.’

Dr Wang Dingyuan Alvin, MRCP, Singapore


‘I passed PACES on my first attempt and want to extend a big thank you to PassPACES for their amazing course that went a long way to ensuring my success. I felt that PassPACES course consolidated the knowledge I had already acquired through private study.

The number and diversity of clinical signs was astonishing, and very representative of the actual exam. It was an intense 4 days with lots of information, but it was run very well with meticulous timing - no coffee breaks were missed! The teaching structure was very conducive to learning. There was a demonstration for each of the four systems with helpful tips and advice.

The mock exam was good for experiencing the intensity and format of the exam and for identifying weaknesses. Particularly useful was having a single examiner for all 4 clinical stations so that he could establish trends in weaknesses and give personalised feedback and advice based on this. My examiner told me I needed to improve my presentation skills and I therefore focused on developing these over the following weeks, which I am certain helped me pass my PACES exam. I have also found that my improved examination and presentation skills have enriched my day-to-day performance as a clinician. I would highly recommend this course to every PACES candidate.

Thanks again to the PassPACES team.’

Dr. Davinder Theti, MRCP, CT2, St Georges’ Hospital, London Deanery, UK


‘Dear Dr Bessant and all your colleagues

I attended the first PassPACES course of this cycle and I thought you'd be very gratified to know that I passed my exam! The course played a massive part in that, in helping me understand how to approach the exam and to extend what I said and thought. I even managed full marks in abdo and, surprisingly, neuro.

Again - huge thanks to the army of doctors for all your help; as well as all the patients and surrogates involved (one man in particular breathed out again and again and again until I finally heard his AR murmur!)

I wouldn't be sitting here with this smile on my face without all the hard work that you put in to making the course a success. I also wouldn't have made it without your book, so thank you again for all the work that went into that.’

Dr Alison Lievesley, MRCP, CT2, Liverpool


‘I wanted to express my gratitude to all involved with the PassPACES course. I was lucky enough to pass the exam at my first attempt and PassPACES was instrumental.

More than just patients with signs (although the patients and their signs are fantastic) the quality of teaching and feedback around assessment of the different pathologies allowed the maximum to be gained from each clinical encounter. This is achieved by creating a professional "exam style" environment while candidates examine, backed up by lecturers who are supportive, love their subject and are genuinely interested in helping others to improve.

The sense one gets is that the teaching is tailored to individual needs allowing everyone to get the most from their time at the course, culminating in a mock exam in which an individual lecturer gives specific relevant feedback.

This course not only prepares one for PACES, but also gives a great basis for day to day practice at work. I would gladly go on the course again, although I am unlikely to want to sit the exam again! Thank you again.’

Dr Luke Dancy, MRCP, Basildon, UK


‘I sat my PACES exam in June and passed first time with a score I could only have dreamt of before PassPACES!

The course is especially well organised, with clear instructions provided in advance. The Course Tutors were very knowledgeable, with some excellent tips for 'on the day' issues and how to look slick and confident under exam pressure! However, the big plus - patient selection! So many expert patients willing to hand over valuable tips on how to elicit some of their rarer signs and maintain patient dignity at the same time! We must have seen just short of 150 patients in 4 days! It was also my one and only exposure to Myotonic Dystrophy outside of a text book, for which I am especially grateful!

This is the only exam preparation course I have ever done, and I can't recommend it highly enough!’

Dr Joanne Evans, MRCP (UK), D.Phil (Oxon.), CT1 Newham University Hospital, London, UK.


‘Thank you so much for organising this excellent and intensive four day course, which completely consolidated and refined my revision for PACES. The PassPACES Course propels you forward and equips you, so that when it comes to the exam, you have that little bit extra to make you stand out. I think the quality of the lecturers and their teaching was excellent, which meant that when I got to the exam I knew that even if I didn't get the diagnosis, I could at least have a sensible discussion with the examiners (which is exactly what happened on a couple of occasions).

I passed, achieving 100% in some of the stations.

Thanks once again’

Dr Priya Patel, MRCP, CT1 Acute Medicine, Northwick Park Hospital, London, UK.


'I recently passed my PACES exam first time around after going on the PassPACES course.
PassPACES gave me an excellent feel for the standard required in the exam and provided a framework to base my revision around.
By the end of the course, I was picking up subtle signs that I would never have seen before.
It was especially good for me, because I was working in A&E at the time, with precious little time to revise.
I'm glad I attended the earlier course in the block, because it gave me plenty of time to practice and get myself to the standard required.
The atmosphere on the course was very friendly - the faculty were superb and very approachable.
Highly recommended.'
Dr. David Palmer, MRCP, Mersey Deanery, UK.


‘I wanted to email to pass on my thanks to all of the PassPACES team, especially Dr Rupa Bessant, for the invaluable help the course gave me in preparing for my PACES. Thankfully I managed to pass at first attempt and am aware that I owe a debt of gratitude to the course. The course was recommended to me by a senior colleague and I attended with high expectations. I am delighted to say that it still managed to surpass all expectations. At all levels of organisation the course was superb and I know that these sentiments are shared amongst other doctors who attended the course. I shall certainly recommend the PassPACES course to other doctors taking their PACES examination soon.’

Dr. John Williamson, MRCP, Queens Hospital, Romford, UK


‘I would just like to say a huge thank you to you all for such a superb course back in May... I am recommending you to all my friends and colleagues preparing for PACES. The course was brilliantly organised, the teaching and the quantity and quality of cases to see was exceptional and I thoroughly enjoyed every day, learnt so much and came away feeling totally inspired - it was just brilliant.
And you really do prepare us to pass the exam!! I have just passed PACES first time with a score of 167/172 and absolutely cannot believe it!!
I have no doubt that PassPACES was key to my success.
You were incredibly supportive and helpful when my exam date was changed at the last minute, while I was on the course, in deciding to take the exam earlier than planned and I am so so grateful to you all - thank you very very much.’
Dr Angela Clare Dawson MRCP, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woolwich, UK


‘I cannot recommend PassPACES highly enough. I attended the course 5 weeks prior to taking the exam and subsequently passed, achieving 100% in half of the stations.

The course was excellent for so many reasons. It provided high quality medical tuition and exposure to relevant patients. Most importantly, there was a strong emphasis on putting candidates in the 'PACES frame of mind'. This was essential for me as I am a 53 year old GP, with three young children. I work in a rural Practice 40 minutes from a hospital and as a result had no opportunity for tuition or ward teaching. The final mock exam and feedback on the course highlighted personal areas requiring attention which was invaluable. The course was intense, but one never felt intimidated. There was always the opportunity to ask (sometimes very basic) questions without fear of embarrassment.

In short, a pleasantly arduous four days, and a course superior to any I had previously attended.’

Dr Julian J Rippin BSc, BMedSci, BM BS, MSc, PhD, MRCGP, MRCP


‘I wish to thank you for a wonderful course.
I am from Pakistan, so had very little exposure to the sort of patients that appear in the MRCP exam. I must say the course was the ideal tool to improve on my competence as well as confidence. I just got my result and I passed with flying colours, which I honestly believe it had a lot to do with this course. During the course there were quite a few instances in which Dr Bessant grilled me like I have never ever been grilled. Truth be told I had nightmares :) Having said that it was those very instances that got me the result I so wanted.

Thank you PassPACES and thank you Dr. Bessant.’

Dr. Ahad Qayyum, MRCP, Lahore, Pakistan 

P.S. The Pocketbook for PACES was the only book I read for the exam. Top notch.


‘Thank you once again for such an excellent course. It looked to me like a massive undertaking to arrange something like this for 4 days, and to make sure everything runs smoothly - very impressive indeed. I just wanted to say that this course gave me something special - a belief in myself. I started seeing the light in the end of the tunnel and realising that I CAN be logical and calm and make sense of what signs I elicit. With this realisation in mind, I am now in a much more positive frame of mind, which will allow me to give it my best shot in 10 days! ….

…. Just a quick email to say a big huge thank you - I have just found out that I've passed (first attempt). I can read books and examine patients, but your course truly made me believe in myself. :-)

Good luck, and keep up the fantastic work!’

Dr Evguenia Galinskaya, MRCP, Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford, UK


'I would like to say a big thank you to all the outstanding lecturers on the PassPACES course with a special extra mention to Dr Rupa Bessant, without whose guidance I would not be sitting here celebrating my success in obtaining both the MRCPI and MRCP (UK).'

Dr. Sanjay Chotirmall, MRCPI, MRCP(UK), Dublin, Ireland.


‘I would like to thank you all for your excellent course. I passed first time. The course sets a benchmark for you and the teaching is first rate and enjoyable. I have leaned skills I apply to my everyday practice. Many thanks to the instructors and organisers, especially Dr Rupa Bessant whose advice was brilliant. With gratitude.’
Dr Lou Wiblin MRCP, Durham, UK.


'I just wanted to let you know I passed - with full marks in several stations. Thank you for the course.'

Dr Victoria Beasley MRCP, St Mary's Hospital, London UK.


‘The PassPACES Course contributed significantly to my success in the PACES exam, which I passed on my first attempt. It is a very well organised course, with enthusiastic lecturers, who have excellent teaching skills. Each candidate has the unique opportunity to be exposed to a wide variety of clinical cases, some of which are quite rare and extremely interesting.
I highly recommend this course, not only to candidates preparing for the exam, but also to every junior doctor who wishes to reinforce his clinical, diagnostic and communication skills and build up his confidence as a clinician.’

Dr Melina Kostoula MRCP, Watford General Hospital, Eastern Deanery, UK


‘I just wanted to drop you a line to say thank you again for organising an excellent course. I am pleased to say I passed, with a really good mark of 93%, and I am sure the intense revision PassPACES provided was the sole reason I did so well.

Kind regards,’

Dr. Andrew Dawes, MRCP, North Middlesex Hospital, London.


'Thank you all for your inspirational teaching and enthusiasm. I passed PACES first time round!'

Dr Justin Garner MRCP, Guys and St Thomas’ Hospital, London, UK


‘I am very glad to inform you that I passed the PACES exam with a score of 162/172 (94.2%). I take this opportunity to convey my thanks to you and your team of committed teachers for the wonderful preparatory course. Keep your good work going!!’

Dr. Mahalekshmi Desikan MRCP, Institute of Neurology, University College London, UK


‘I just wanted to drop you a line to say thank you for helping me pass my PACES exam (first time round!).
The PassPACES course was just what I needed, with a great selection of not only patients and signs but also doctors teaching on the course. You should be very proud of your course.
Thank you once again.’
Dr Mohammed Choudhury MRCP, Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth, UK


'I'd just like to say a big thank you to Dr Rupa Bessant and all the other course lecturers who taught me on the PassPACES course in June. The course was superbly organised with some fantastic, friendly and enthusiastic lecturers and patients with really interesting clinical signs.
I've attended other courses, however this is by far the best and I've been highly recommending it to other colleagues. It has taught me so much more about clinical medicine than simply passing the exam. Without doing this course I'm sure I would not have passed first time.
Thank you so much! '
Dr. Kate Fraser, MRCP, Brighton, UK


‘I am pleased to inform you that I passed my clinical MRCPI exam in October. It wouldn't have been possible if I had not attended the PassPACES course.

My sincere thanks to you & your excellent team, who helped to build my confidence, especially for the long cases. I have told my colleagues that the PassPACES course is also highly recommended for the MRCPI format.

I found the Pocketbook of PACES immensely helpful in preparation for long cases.

Thanks & Regards,’ 

Dr. Nitish Marathe, MRCPI, Kerry General Hospital, Eire.


‘I just wanted to drop you a line and say how much I enjoyed the course. I thought that it was extremely well organised and packed with great teachers and patients. It obviously did the trick because I passed, so thank you very much to all involved especially Dr Bessant who obviously puts a lot of hard work into this course!

Dr. Emily Akufo-Tetteh, MRCP, Bristol Royal Infirmary.


‘To the whole team in PassPACES,

I have passed my PACES!

I have been to many PACES courses and your course is definitely very different. It tuned my skills and knowledge in such a fine way and equipped me to encounter the most unexpected case in PACES.

Thank you very much for your amazing course and teachers!’

Dr. Sandora Lai, MRCP, Nottingham City Hospital, UK


‘Hello. I have done PassPACES course in October and I am very pleased to say that I passed my exam with a very good score. I scored full marks in several stations, including both Station 5.
I really liked the way course approach the PACES. I have done various courses in past, but unlike PassPACES, others focus too much on diagnosis. I believe PassPACES helped me in polishing my clinical skills.

I will recommend this course to all PACES candidates. Only thing you need to do is to listen and follow advice given at course. It is really worthwhile.

Thank you again for all your support.

Many thanks.’

Dr. Manish Kushe, MRCP, Liverpool Royal Infirmary.


'I just wanted to say a huge thank you for your help and guidance on the recent PassPACES course.
It was such a good environment for learning and developing.
All we wanted to do was stay on the course until the day of the exam.
I will definitely be recommending the PassPACES course to all my colleagues.'
Dr. Andrew Furness, MRCP, Royal Surrey Hospital, UK.


‘I attended your course in May, and I passed PACES on my first attempt. Just wanted to extend special thanks to all the tutors and organizers of the course. Intensive, well organised and with a good range of patients to examine. Enthusiastic and very experienced tutors, including patients too. Exceeded my expectations! Highly recommended course to all. Thanks again.’

Dr Chee Kiang Phua, MRCP, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Singapore


‘Just to let you know that I heard that I passed PACES. Thank you very much for the help! Your course was the strongest overall that I went to. Neurology and Ophthalmology were particularly strong. I preferred the format of the PassPACES course to that of the other courses. There was also a good emphasis on professionalism in approach and presentation.’

Dr Mark Peterzan MRCP, Newham Hospital, UK

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