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.