Jan 222019

Dermatology is a essential part of MRCP exam carrying 15 marks in the exam. Most student usual attain low marks in this section. Dermatology is the study of the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of diseases of the skin, hair, nails, oral cavity and genitals. Medicos Library has provided high standard Dermatology on examination revision materials for medical exams.

  • Basic science
    - Structure and function of the epidermis and dermis
  • Clinical dermatology
    - Recognition of cutaneous symptoms and signs of systemic diseases (diseases affecting internal organs and presenting skin signs or symptoms)
    Collagen vascular disease such as SLE, systemic sclerosis
    Metabolic and endocrine disorders 
    Infectious diseases 
    Respiratory and cardiovascular diseases
    Common inherited diseases such as neurofibromatosis 
    - Main dermatological complications of therapeutic immunosuppression (ex: systemic corticosteroid therapy, cyclosporin…) or of diseases such as HIV which cause immunosuppression
    - Differential diagnosis and plan of investigation of patients whom, present with the following cutaneous signs or symptoms which may indicate internal diseases:
    Generalised erythema
    Loss of hair
    Increased hair growth 
    Common patterns of nail dystrophy such as clubbing
    Erythema nodosum 
    Erythema multiform
    - Clinical features of the following skin diseases:
    Superficial fungal infections (dermatophytosis, pityriasis versicolor)
    Common skin cancers such as melanoma 
    Vitiligo and alopecia areata
    Pemphigus and pemphigold
    Cutaneous herpes virus infections (herpes simplex, varicella zoster) 
    Cutaneous staphylococcal and streptococcal infections
    Leprosy · Investigation
    - Principles of dermatological investigation such as patch testing

Drugs and therapy
- Drugs which cause life-threatening skin conditions such as
Stevens-Johnson syndrome, 
Toxic epidermal necrolysis

MRCP(UK) develops and delivers postgraduate medical examinations around the world on behalf of the three Royal Colleges of Physicians of the UK.

Part 1 at a glance

  • one-day examination
  • two three-hour papers
  • 200 mutiple-choice (best of five) questions
  • no images
  • sat in an examination hall.

Exam pass marks

MRCP(UK) examinations

Examination Pass mark
Part 1 540
Part 2 Written 454
PACES 130 (see individual skills breakdown below)

The composition of the papers is as follows:

Specialty Number of questions*
Cardiology 15
Clinical haematology and oncology 15
Clinical Pharmacology, Therapeutics and Toxicology 16
Emergency and Critical care
Clinical sciences** 25
Dermatology 8
Endocrinology 15
Geriatric medicine 4
Gastroenterology 15
Infectious diseases and GUM 15
Neurology 15
Nephrology 15
Ophthalmology 4
Psychiatry 8
Respiratory medicine 15
Rheumatology 15

* This should be taken as an indication of the likely number of questions – the actual number may vary slightly.

** Clinical sciences comprise:

Cell, molecular and membrane biology 2
Clinical anatomy 3
Clinical biochemistry and metabolism 4
Clinical physiology 4
Genetics 3
Immunology 4
Statistics, epidemiology and evidence-based medicine 5

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