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by Dr Geoff
Published: February 2021
Royal College of Psychiatrists' (RCPsych's) Examinations team
is always looking for volunteers to author stations for the
MRCPsych Clinical Assessment of Skills and Competencies (CASC)
The CASC exam is part of RCPsych's
entrance exam, an internationally respected qualification. Although
the exam is generally considered to be a reliable test of skills
and competencies, there remains controversy as to its validity for
testing the more complex understanding of psychiatric practice at a
With this in mind, the RCPsych needs more of
its members to write high-quality CASC stations that maintain the
reliability of the exam, while increasing its validity. We hope
that this module will help you understand the principles (and
pitfalls) of writing CASC stations in order to enable you
to confidently submit a station of your own.
If you like this module, you may also be interested in:
Question writing for MRCPsych papers A and
B by Dr Shez Khan
Giving feedback to trainees by Dr Clare Oakley
and Prof Femi Oyebode
Appraisal for psychiatrists
by Dr David Roy
Download take-home notes to print and