UCD Academic Appointed Ethicist to the Federation of Royal Colleges of Physicians
Dr Cliona McGovern has been selected and appointed for five years as an ethicist to the Federation of Royal Colleges of Physicians. Dr McGovern will be a member of the MRCP(UK) Scenario Editorial Committee (SEC). As a member of the SEC, she will advise on ethical matters relating to the use of scenarios, simulated patients, and the assessment of ethical principles and practices for the MRCP(UK) Part 2 Clinical Examinations. Dr McGovern will take an independent overview of the general proceedings and bring an external viewpoint on the development and quality assurance of the policies and processes of the MRCP examinations. This appointment will also have a role in assisting the Colleges in meeting their requirements as set out by the General Medical Council. As this appointment is to the Federation of Royal Colleges, Dr McGovern will be involved with colleagues in the Royal College of Physicians (London), the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.
The MRCP(UK) examinations are designed to test the skills, knowledge and behaviour of doctors in training. The MRCP(UK) Diploma is the knowledge-based assessment for core medical training in the UK. It has three parts; MRCP(UK) Part 1, MRCP(UK) Part 2 Written, MRCP(UK) Part 2 Clinical (Practical Assessment of Clinical Examination Skills [PACES]). Successful completion of the entire three-part examination is required before a doctor can start specialist internal medicine training in the UK. All of the MRCP(UK) and Speciality Certificate Examinations are approved by the General Medical Council as part of the UK postgraduate medical training programme.