As ever at IMG Connect we believe in preparation. In order to succeed in the clinical exam, IMGs have told us that it is vital that you practice your clinical examinations as frequently as possible, preferably under the supervision of a senior colleague. This will give you confidence in approaching and examining patients with examiners present.
Am I eligible for the CASC exam?
You are eligible to take CASC if you have 24 months post internship experience in Psychiatry, by the time of sitting the CASC.
You have a pass in both Paper A and B
You can demonstrate the following:
You have sponsorship in place – sponsorship forms must be submitted by an appropriate medical education lead confirming that the eligibility requirements to sit the MRCPsych examinations have been met.
Overseas candidates must show their sponsor evidence of having achieved equivalent competencies at appropriate competency levels (year 1, 2, 3) for each component of the examination.
Assessment Portfolio for Overseas Candidates:
As above, one aspect of eligibility for CASC as to complete an Assessment Portfolio. This must demonstrate achievement of equivalent competencies to those defined in the ARCP documented on the application form, this must include competencies in Psychotherapy AND Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, or Learning Disability have been achieved by the time of applying for the MRCPsych CASC.
In addition, overseas candidates must demonstrate that they undertake the following activities as part of their structured job plans:
observation in interviewing patients in ward rounds for specified reasons
observation in interviewing patients in out-patient or community settings or other contexts for specified reasons
assessment via formal presentation of cases with their medical notes; discuss management of cases with their Clinical or Educational Supervisor
formal assessment in having achieved competencies in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry or Learning Disability AND Psychotherapy.
Assessments and achievement of competencies should take place in a range of settings and psychiatric specialties with structured, documented feedback on performance having been provided.
Whilst there is not an assessment criteria form available as this is incorporated into the online submission, take a look at the ARCP assessment portfolio form for CT1-3 in the UK, which should help give you a starting point for your own portfolio.
International candidates must have a sponsor in place in order to support evidence that their three years of training satisfy Royal College criteria of having achieved equivalent competencies at appropriate competency levels (year 1, 2, 3) for each component of the examination.
Sponsorship is required by all applicants for entry to the CASC examination.
Your sponsor should be an appropriate medical education lead confirming you have met the requirements to sit the MRCPsych examinations.
You will be required to provide the sponsor’s title, full name and email.
Acceptable sponsors are:
Training Programme Director
Head of School
Director of Medical Education (or equivalent)
Head of Department of Psychiatry
Consultant responsible for employee/trainee appraisal
Once your sponsor has authorised your application, you will receive a confirmation email from the Royal College, and you will be asked to complete your application and proceed to payment.
How do I apply?
To apply you’ll need to complete the Royal College online application form. This form is only available during the published application dates and must be submitted prior to the closing date, if you miss the cut off, your application will not be considered.
You will need to provide the following:
Primary Medical Qualifications & Registration
Written paper selection
Sponsor evidence for Assessment Portfolio for Overseas Candidates
How much will it cost me?
To ensure you get a space on the exam, you have to apply online during the application window. Applications submitted after the closing date will be rejected.
At the end of your application you will be directed to an online payment system where you can pay be credit or debit card, so make sure you have your details ready.
Once your application is complete you will receive two confirmation emails, one to confirm receipt of the application and one to confirm the payment has been received.
The fees for MRCPsych CASC for 2021 are as follows:
PMPT Trainees and Affiliates - £1,004
Non-PMPT Trainees and Affiliates - £1,115
Where can I sit the CASC exam?
You can currently sit the CASC exam online and the final examination date for 2021 is 6-17 September.
Results from the CASC examinations will be released on 8 October 2021.
How do I prepare for the CASC examination?
With lots of materials online we have discussed with IMGs the best place to start looking for resources and materials relating to the exams. Most IMGs recommended starting with the Royal College, who have created useful resources to help you to prepare for the exams. See below:
Syllabus: We always suggest that this is the best place to start – plan your study around the curriculum topics and make a road map to your success in the exams.
As ever at IMG Connect, we believe in preparation. In order to succeed in the clinical exam, IMGs have told us that it is vital that you practise your clinical examinations as frequently as possible, preferably under the supervision of a senior colleague. This will give you confidence in approaching and examining children with examiners present.
Passed? What next?
First of all, congratulations! After you have passed all parts of MRCPsych you can apply for a full registration with a license to practice. Once the GMC have approved your application, you can work as a doctor in the UK.
To help you find a job in the NHS simply follow these easy steps:
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