28th December 2017

Royal College of Physician final exams hosted at Trust

The Royal College of Physicians UK final clinical examinations (PACES) for the Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh were held at Eastbourne DGH, the first time a double cycle of the Royal Colleges’ exams have been hosted at a South Coast Hospital.

Dr Sam Panthakalam Consultant Rheumatologist (standing 2nd right) with other doctor’s from the Trust, around the country and overseas who examined candidates

Dr Sam Panthakalam Consultant Rheumatologist (standing 2nd right) with other doctor’s from the Trust, around the country and overseas who examined candidates

The Trust has been hosting Royal College final clinical examinations (PACES) for the Royal College of Physicians, London on a regular basis since 2010. This year ESHT consultants Dr Sam Panthakalam and Professor Nikhil Patel successfully co-hosted these exams on behalf of the Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh as well.

Dr Sam Panthakalam Consultant Rheumatologist said: “We are delighted to be the first hospital on the South Coast to have hosted final clinical examinations on half of both Royal Colleges’. Twenty one consultants from the UK and abroad examined forty candidates, some of whom were from overseas. I would like to thank those patients who kindly gave up their time to be examined by candidates as well as quite a few volunteers, from within the hospital and outside, to act out scenarios to test the communication skills of the candidates. I am pleased to say feedback from the Royal Colleges’ and the examiners has been excellent and we were praised for the smooth running of the event.

“Our aim is to continue to offer junior doctors the opportunity to advance their careers in hospital medicine by hosting PACES exams into the future, maintaining and building upon our recognised high standards.”