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The idea for Trainees Online grew from
observing how the way in which trainees learn for examinations has
changed since I was in their position. When I was training we
knew that if you were familiar with the contents of certain
textbooks and key papers you would pass MRCPsych. At some point
this changed and many trainees now prepare for exams by practicing
MCQs from various websites which charge for this access and have no
official link to the College or guaranteed quality control.
The other problem for trainees is that
although there is a syllabus for the exam they are not always sure
in what depth subjects need to be understood. Trainees
Online is designed to help trainees by
providing online learning modules which cover the MRCPsych syllabus
at the level needed for success in the exam. The idea is that
completion of a module including any extra reading recommended will
give the trainee sufficient knowledge to pass the exam.
Trainees Online is ambitious and will
need lots of work and time to fulfil its potential. I hope that you
will support it and contribute to its development.
Dr Wendy Burn