The Practical Examination

  • G. W. H. Stamp
  • N. A. Wright


It is difficult to give advice to potential candidates on whether they should attempt to take both parts of the examination during the same half-year, or exercise the option to sit the written examination at three years, and the practical examination at five years or more. It largely depends on the breadth and quality of training received and having confidence in one’s abilities, as well as constraints imposed by the demands of posts currently held. It might prove impractical to obtain the necessary study leave to allow adequate preparation for instance. It may help to take advice from colleagues who have attempted the examination recently, and from supervisors who may be more able to assess whether an individual has reached an adequate standard to have a reasonable chance of passing both. The examination can prove quite stressful, which would be prolonged over a period of two months by attempting both parts at once. Remember that after the written examination most candidates will probably not want to work for a few days, and being uncertain about the outcome of the written examination is not a very good stimulus for preparation for the practical session. This factor should be taken into account when planning a revision programme.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. W. H. Stamp
    • 1
    • 2
  • N. A. Wright
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Imperial Cancer Research FundRoyal College of SurgeonsLondonUK
  2. 2.Hammersmith HospitalLondonUK
  3. 3.Department of Histopathology, Royal Postgraduate Medical SchoolHammersmith HospitalLondonUK
  4. 4.Imperial Cancer Research FundRoyal College of SurgeonsLondonUK

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