Jan 282019

Rheumatology is a essential part of MRCP exam carrying 15 marks in the exam. Most student usual attain low marks in this section. Rheumatology is the study of rheumatism, arthritis, and other disorders of the joints, muscles, and ligaments. Medicos Library has provided high standard Rheumatology on examination revision materials for medical exams.

  • Basic principles of the common musculoskeletal conditions
  • Clinical science
    - Basic physiology, biochemistry, anatomy and pathology relating to musculoskeletal diseases
    - Pathology of the common rheumatic conditions
  • Clinical conditions
    - Relative prevalence and major associations of the common rheumatological conditions
    - Symptoms and signs of the rheumatic diseases
    - Arthritis associated with other medical conditions
  • Investigations
    - Investigations relevant to the diagnosis and assessment of rheumatic diseases including
    - Acute phase proteins
    - Immunological tests relating to the connective tissue diseases
    - Contemporary imaging techniques
  • Management
    - Management of acute rheumatological emergencies including Septic arthritis, Osteomyelitis, temporal arteritis and acute spinal cord compression
    - Management of rheumatic diseases

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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