As we celebrate the beginning of the new decade, here at the RCP we are getting ready to present our members with their MRCP(UK) diplomas.
We’re excited to celebrate this career-progressing achievement with our members at the first New members ceremony of 2020 on Tuesday 7 January. We spoke to RCP member Dr Theofanis Nizamis, who will be receiving his diploma alongside over 100 others in January, to see what this moment will mean to him.
What does gaining your MRCP(UK) diploma mean to you?
Gaining the MRCP(UK) diploma is the reward for almost 2 years of hard work. It is one of the most difficult and prestigious diplomas for qualified doctors in the world, and each part necessitated a lot of studying and practice. Nevertheless, it certifies our knowledge about internal medicine, in concordance with the requirements of the RCP. It is a difficult and complex branch which consists of numerous subspecialties, so the MRCP(UK) diploma gives me a strong proof of my knowledge, recognized worldwide. Moreover, it is important for me, as gaining my MRCP(UK) diploma opens the door to my higher specialty training in cardiology. I made my parents and fiancée proud, as well as my consultants and my tutors.
How has the RCP supported you in gaining your MRCP(UK) diploma?
The RCP supported me via the core medical training, by the RCP tutors who were always there to support me, especially for my practical assessment of clinical examination skills (PACES) exam and also with the series of textbooks and question banks for my MRCP written exams.
"Never give up, chase your dreams and work hard. Hard work always pays off. Passing the MRCP(UK) needs daily work, consistency, determination, devotion and collaboration with colleagues. Stick to the core medical training curriculum and enrich their knowledge every day. Use question banks, textbooks, the internet, and examine as many patients as possible, especially for PACES."
What are you looking forward to most at the upcoming ceremony?
I look forward to meeting my colleagues who also gained their MRCP(UK) diplomas and celebrate with them. I cannot wait to visit the RCP, explore its history and enjoy the ceremony.*
Why do you value your RCP membership?
RCP membership is extremely beneficial, as it provides us with access to educational materials, congresses, journals and online tutoring, as well as opportunities to gain CPD points. As a collegiate member, I have access to the library, I receive the magazine at my door, and I can now support my path through my higher specialty training in cardiology.
If you could give one piece of advice to trainees, who will soon be taking the MRCP(UK) exam, what would it be?
Never give up, chase your dreams and work hard. Hard work always pays off. Passing the MRCP(UK) needs daily work, consistency, determination, devotion and collaboration with colleagues. Stick to the core medical training curriculum and enrich your knowledge every day. Use question banks, textbooks, the internet, and examine as many patients as possible, especially for PACES.
Apart from the ceremony, are you planning on doing anything else to celebrate this achievement?
I will enjoy London with my family who will visit the UK for first time.
*Diplomates at the January ceremony will be able to explore the RCP's history and celebrate the ceremony through our garden tours that are run by the garden fellows; as well as with historical tours of the RCP giving an introduction to the our 500 year history, collections and the architecture.