UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology


PACES Feedback

Dr Shahrukh Mallik MSc, MRCP

What did you like about the course?

The course was very well organized and structured, above and beyond that of most MRCP courses. There were a variety of cases, which were all relevant to PACES (unlike some other courses which included any and all interesting neurological cases, regardless of relevance). Each candidate had a chance to examine patients and there was not the end-of-season-sale type rush to see signs that is so common in other courses. Despite covering a lot in a relatively short period of time it never felt rushed.

What where the benefits?

Comprehensive list of cases for PACES, with emphasis on the commonly occurring themes. A good mix between theory and practical knowledge.

Quality of teaching?

Case-specific teaching was very useful and served to highlight areas of both strength and weakness. Teachers were inspirational and provided motivation as well as imparting knowledge. Lectures between clinical stations were very good, with lots of pictures and videos.

Was it helpful for the final exam?

The best preparation of PACES neurology. Mock examination is very similar to actual exam in style.

Any other comments?

Candidates will need to have read up on the conditions and examinations beforehand to truly benefit from this course.

Dr Fatima Jaffer, MRCP

What did you like about the course?
The wide variety of clinical cases including ophthalmology that the candidates could encounter in the exam

What were the benefits?
The greatest benefit of the course is that the teaching is provided by specialist registrars in neurology and consultants who frequently examine in the PACES exam. On other courses neurology teaching is inconsistent as it is provided by non-neurologists. Another great advantage is that the the cases include those rarities that frequently appear in the exam that you only read about in the books!!

Quality of teaching?
Excellent combination of lectures on examination technique, ophthalmology, videos and clinical cases. A very useful 'mock' neurology station on the day with detailed feedback on examination technique and presentation style.

Was it helpful for the final exam?
Definitely more confident about examination technique and presentation after having attended the course.

Any other comments?
Overall a very useful and intensive neurology and ophthalmology course with a wide variety of clinical cases that the candidate is most likely to encounter in the exam but may not see in everyday practice unless practising in neurology. Must come prepared with some minimum knowledge about how to conduct the neurological examinations and using an ophthalmoscope so that the time in small tutor groups with patients can be best spent eliciting signs and discussing diagnoses rather than spending time teaching examination technique. Highly recommended!!