DCH Clinical exam preparation

This one-day course will familiarise you with the Diploma of Child Health Clinical exam. You will gain a greater understanding of the assessment criteria, the key skills required, the pitfalls to avoid by focusing on exam technique and, through practice, how to approach each station.

What is the course about?

This one-day course will familiarise you with the Diploma of Child Health Clinical exam. You will gain a greater understanding of the assessment criteria, the key skills required, the pitfalls to avoid by focusing on exam technique and, through practice, how to approach each station.

Courses are scheduled to run prior to each exam diet. Check out our current course listings (opens in same window) to see if this course is open for booking. If it’s not listed, register your interest below.

 


 

Target audience

  • Candidates for the DCH Clinical exam

 


 

Course aim and learning outcomes:

Aim:

To prepare candidates undertaking the DCH Clinical exam and increase their confidence through workshops run by experienced paediatric trainers and, in the case of the Communication and History stations, with the assistance of professional role players.

Learning outcomes:

By the end of this course, you will:

  • Be fully aware of the exam format and what to expect in each of the various stations
  • Have a clear understanding of the assessment criteria for each station and, therefore, what is required to pass
  • Know the common pitfalls and how to avoid them
  • Feel more confident about conducting a developmental assessment on a child, not just in the exam but also in everyday practice
  • Have a clear idea of how to approach your revision between the course and the DCH Clinical exam.

 


 

Faculty lead

Dr P Venugopalan

Dr Venu is a Consultant Paediatrician with expertise in paediatric cardiology, currently working at the Royal Alexandra Children's Hospital, Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust. He holds an Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer post at the Brighton & Sussex Medical School and has an extensive record of clinical, teaching, research and management experience. Dr Venu is the Chair of DCH Clinical Examinations in the UK and overseas, and a Senior Examiner and Examiner Trainer for the DCH and MRCPCH Clinical examinations. He has participated in over a dozen clinical research projects, and authored around 100 Medline indexed publications, as well as several chapters in the online Medscape textbook of Paediatrics. He is also the co-author to the textbook Clinical Cases in Paediatrics: DCH Clinical Examination.


 

Delegate feedback

The clear winner for me is this course provides an actual representation of what is to be expected in the examination. I would be apprehensive sitting the examination without the course. Post this course I would likely have high chance of clearing the examination in my first sitting.

Very well taught, like the fact that some of the examiners are GPs, showing the level at which this is pitched. Enjoyed the interactive workshops.

I thought it was such as helpful course and I was really encouraged by how lovely all the presenters were and how friendly it was. I really enjoyed the day. It's one of the best courses I've been on for such a long time.


 

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