COVID-19

We have created this information hub to support examination candidates, trainees, trainers and consultants who need to maintain and record their continuing professional development. Below you will find links to the latest guidance, advice and resources in the areas of MRCP(UK) examinations, training and CPD.  We will continue to update and develop these pages to support you as the situation develops.

ARCP guidance 

In the present ARCP process it should be emphasised that outcomes which have been described in Gold Guide 8th edition (GG8) should be used. It is important that ARCP panels make a holistic judgement on trainee progression using the GMC-approved COVID-19 decision aids. If a trainee has met these amended requirements they should be issued an outcome 1 or an outcome 6 if they are at the end of that phase of training. An outcome 10.1 or 10.2 should only be awarded when a trainee is achieving progress and the development of competences/capabilities at the expected rate but the acquisition of some capabilities (eg mandatory courses, professional examinations) has been delayed by the impact of COVID-19.

Internal Medicine Training

IMT Stage 1 ARCP guidance 2022

IMT ARCP Decision Aid 2019 (2022 update)

Please also see checklists available in the ARCP decision aid section of the internal medicine webpage.

Higher Training

Adapted ARCP decision aids for Genitourinary Medicine, Infectious Diseases and Medical Ophthalmology will shortly be available on the relevant specialty pages. 

Training and trainee progression

Trainees’ welfare is very important to us and we hope that the following information provides clarity at an uncertain time and will allow trainees to plan for the coming months.

Training Recovery after COVID-19

Advanced Life Support (ALS) certification and working in acute medicine

Requirements for Outpatient experience in Internal Medicine (IMS1) Training

Guidance to trainees learning teleconsultation outpatient skills

Exams

For all exams COVID-19 updates, click here.

Continuing professional development

For all CPD COVID-19 updates, click here.

Royal Colleges of Physicians COVID-19 information hubs