The Process of Stage Two Accreditation – the Clinical MCQs

So, you’ve completed Stage One of the accreditation process and want to know what is in store for you going forward? It’s Joe here again, and I’ll give you an update on the what to expect in stage two, and how I found it.

We start with the easy bit. I say ‘easy’, but what I mean is the least difficult part of the process. The journey begins with the multiple-choice assessment. Now, any of you reading this who have been to uni in the last few decades would all be familiar with the perils of multiple-choice questions, often purposely designed to make you stumble.

Writing good MCQs to test knowledge is really difficult.

I have to say, the AACP have done a good job in crafting particularly difficult MCQs. Remember though, as in real life, you have access to all the references you need – the only barrier is time. Once you’ve started a set of 10, you have two hours to complete it. This may seem like a lot of time, but don’t dawdle as some of the questions require a bit of research (but others really don’t).

Try and use the MCQs to pick up some new knowledge – some questions challenge information we may have thought to be true. Remember, we are always learning!

Make sure you practice with the sample MCQs first.

The AACP provides heaps of sample questions, which is a great way of getting to know their structure and style of question writing. It’ll also help you identify gaps in your knowledge – for me, I can say that I really struggle with the minefield of Parkinson’s medication.

You’ve got 60 days to do all four sets of 10 multiple choice questions. Don’t be like me and have to grovel for an extension! (Hint: If you do require an extension, the AACP are really accommodating – just ask)