How to Pass the Critical Appraisal Exam – MRCPsych and RANZCP

Posted on June 22, 2016

Without numerical fluency, in the part of life, most of us inhabit, you are like a one-legged man in an ass-kicking contest. (Charlie Munger)

The word Critical Appraisal /Analysis instills a sense of dread in most psychiatric trainees. It is a crucial component of the MRCPsych and RANZCP exams.

In my opinion, candidates fear critical appraisal because the subject is not always taught in the right way. When I first started training, I was really worried about critical appraisal; in fact, my first critical appraisal presentation was a disaster.

Being a semi-perfectionist and harrowed by this experience, I decided to better myself and started reading about critical appraisal in more detail.

The approach enabled me to not only pass the MRCPsych Critical appraisal and RANZCP Exams on the first go; it has also enabled me to teach Critical Appraisal in a structured and understandable way.

I thus went on to develop the Psychevidence Critical Appraisal Online course which is the now the leading psychiatry focused critical appraisal course with users all around the world.