Passing the Modified Essay (MEQ) and Critical Essay (CEQ) Exam- RANZCP- Dr Sanil Rege

Posted on: February 27, 2019
Last Updated: October 20, 2020

Dr. Sanil Rege is a Consultant Psychiatrist and founder of Psych Scene, a platform to enhance psychiatry education and Vita Healthcare, providing high-quality mental health care services to the public. He is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists and Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (UK). His clinical and research interests include psychosis, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorders, and personality disorders.

Author Quotes

Stay away from the generic answers, and think about exactly the issues that come up

You’ve got to take into account cultural issues, cultural aspects, so you may need to involve the multicultural mental health team or the indigenous mental health worker.

My tip for the critical essay would be to start watching Q&A. It’s really one of the best ways of thinking about themes for the essay because it covers such broad themes…


The talk covers key aspects and techniques to approach the MEQ’s for the RANZCP Essay Exam.

MEQ’s require breadth and foreseeability in approach at the level of a Junior Consultant Psychiatrist.

Ask yourself–“What am I missing here? What can go wrong?”

Dr. Rege covers the importance of implementation and assessing risk.

For CEQ’s, the essay is about amalgamating a wide range of concepts ranging from politics, medicine, culture, society, etc. to discuss a quote.

Dr. Rege provides advice and guidance on how to approach the CEQ and what is expected in a critical evaluation.

Take-home Messages 

  1. A key point for the MEQ is to read the question carefully -check whether you are asked to list, outline, or describe.
  2. Understanding the mind-body dichotomy is key for the CEQ exam.
  3. A broad understanding of mental health and different perspectives is important for the CEQ exam.


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