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25th May - 2nd Jun 2013
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Stepping Hill Accommodation
We don't arrange or organize accommodation for candidates attending our courses, as everyone has different needs. However, we have put together a list of local accommodation, and links to accommodation resources, and you can find these below. We don't endorse or recommend any of the establishments below, and take no responsibility for any bookings made.
Stepping Hill Hospital is on the A6, and can be easily reached by train (closest station Woodsmoor), or by bus (192 from Stockport or Manchester). There are a number of B&Bs locally, along with reasonably priced hotels. If you do require accommodation for this course, and need some 'local' advice, email firstname.lastname@example.org as we know the area very well. Please try to avoid the local Britannia Hotel!
Doctor in the House provide well-priced accommodation for doctors attending courses at UK hospitals
Late Rooms offer good value hotel accommodation across the UK, and can be searched by area so you won't find yourself too far from the course venue.
LastMinute also offer good deals on hotel stays. The 'secret' hotels can be very good value for money, so are worth a look if you don't mind not knowing where you're going to be staying until you pay. Sometimes if you Google the description you can find out where they are before you book though.
Manchester PACES 2-Weekend Sample Timetable
08.30 Refreshments & Registration
09.00 Welcome and Introduction to Course
09.30 Systems Session - Neurology
11.15 Systems Session Mixed – Respiratory + Abdo
13.45 Systems Session - Cardiology
15.30 Systems Session – Station 5
09.00 Mock Exam Briefing
09.30 Systems Session – Mock Exam Stations 1, 3 & 5
11.15 Systems Session – Mock Exam Communication & Ethics
13.45 Systems Session – Mock Exam History Taking
15.30 Systems Session - Ophthalmology
What is the dress code for the course?
Clinicals: You should dress as you would for the exam, whilst observing any Royal College dress guidelines.
Written: Dress for comfort - you'll be sat down most of the day, so wear something that you're comfortable in and isn't constricting.
How do I access my free online?
If you bought a course that comes with free PasTest Online revision (4-Day PACES, MRCS OSCE, 5-Day MRCP 1 or 6-Day MRCPCH 1) you will need to log in at www.pastest.co.uk/mypastest to access the questions. If you're new to MyPasTest you will also need to authenticate your email address - just follow the instructions in your confirmation email.
When will my PasTest Online access expire?
Access ends the day after the exam, automatically. You don't have to do anything to cancel your subscription. You'll still have access to your MyPasTest account though. PacesCases subscriptions expire at the end of the exam diet.
Can I provisionally book a place?
Yes, as long as the course is more than 4 weeks away you can book a place provisionally. You can do this at www.pastest.co.uk or by phone
How do I cancel?
We hope you won't need to do, but we have a very flexible cancellation policy, and details can be found in the help section of our website.
What do I need to bring with me?
Clinicals: You should bring with you all the equipment you would expect to take to the exam. We will provide you with alcohol hand gel and neurotips
Written: Just bring yourself! You'll be given everything you need at the beginning of the course. However, you might want to bring a bag or rucksack to take your file home with you each night. The binders can be really big so are much more manageable if you have something to carry them in.
I already have a PasTest Online subscription for the same exam sitting - can I get my money back if I book a course place where online revision is included?
Yes, absolutely. Just call us on 01565 752000 and we'll make sure you're given a discounted course place. If you need one receipt to claim back any payments from your employer, just let us know.
What do I get when I book a course?
You will be emailed a letter of confirmation, receipt, venue information, and details of how to access pre-course material (if applicable to your course). If the venue was not confirmed at the time of booking, a map and venue details will be sent to you as soon as it is confirmed. A course timetable will be emailed to you approximately three weeks before the course commences.
Will I receive pre-course?
All course attendees (apart from those attending clinical courses) can access pre-course material through www.pastest.co.uk/mypastest
The answers will be provided in the course material which you will receive at registration on the first day, and they will be made available in the course add-ons section of MyPasTest. All course material can be downloaded/accessed through MyPasTest.
Do I get a receipt?
Yes, you will get this by email when you book. Please keep this safe as you may need it for reimbursement or tax purposes.
When do I receive my timetable?
The course timetable is emailed three weeks before the course start date.
Do I receive any supporting course material?
Your course material will be handed out at registration on the first day of the course. You may be given extra handouts throughout the course.
I need a certificate of attendance, how do I obtain one?
You will receive a certificate of attendance on the last day of the course.
Where is the venue for the course?
Venue details emailed to you with your receipt. Alternatively if you click on the date of the relevant course on the web site, you can see links to the map and directions to the venue, which you can print out if necessary.
Do you arrange accommodation?
You can find a list of hotels in the accommodation section on the course page. You will have to book and pay for it yourself.
What do I do if my health authority will pay for me?
Click here to download health authority approval form. As soon as your health authority completes and stamps the form, fax it back us. We will book and confirm your place on a course once we receive the completed and stamped health authority form.
My question wasn't answered here...
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Manchester PACES Lecturers
Dr Matthew Jones – Course Director
Matt Jones is a consultant neurologist and consultant clinical teaching fellow at Greater Manchester Neurosciences Centre, Salford Royal Foundation Trust. He has a subspecialty interest in focal onset neurodegenerative dementias and is an honorary clinical research fellow at the University of Manchester
Dr Pauline Ho
Dr Pauline Ho is a Consultant Rheumatologist at the Manchester Royal Infirmary. She has completed her PhD in genetics of psoriatic arthritis.
Dr Anna Maino
Anna is a Consultant Ophthalmologist with a special interest in Strabismus (Stepping Hill Hospital, Stockport). She trained at the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital and Moorfields Eye Hospital, London. She has a long standing interest in teaching and training, actively contributing to undergraduate and postgraduate courses. She has contributed to PACES courses since 2005. She collects bento boxes, goes scuba diving and listens to obscure goth/rock bands.
Dr James Galloway
Dr James Galloway is a Lecturer and Honorary Consultant in Rheumatology at Kings College London . He has been involved in all aspects of MRCP exam preparation, from developing part 1 revision resources through to delivering PACES teaching. He is one of the course directors for the PasTest London PACES weekend
Dr Asad Khan
Dr Khan has been a regular lecturer on the course since 2005, and has contributed a large number of questions to the history and communications stations.
He works as a full-time Consultant in Respiratory and Acute medicine at Fairfield General Hospital, Bury. His work interests include sleep-disordered breathing and safe oxygen therapy. Outside work, he is active in campaigning against violations of the right to access healthcare. In connection with this subject, he has travelled extensively in Lebanon and Palestine and has contributed articles to the Lancet and the BMJ. He is married with one son and he lives in the Rossendale valley in Lancashire.
Dr Abhishek Kumar
Dr Abhishek Kumar is a specialist registrar in Cardiology in Mersey Deanery. He has been teaching on the PasTest Manchester PACES course for the last two years. He is also an ALS Instructor and assistant RCP tutor.
Dr Vinod Venugopal
Dr Venugopal qualified from Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER), Pondicherry, India in 1997. He completed a postgraduate degree in General Medicine (MD) in the same institution before coming to the UK in 2003. He started working in the NHS in 2004 as an SHO and did 12 months of his SHO rotation in South Wales before completing his MRCP in April 2005. He worked as Cardiology Registrar at the Royal Free in London for a year before completing his MD (Res) from UCL in 2008. He is currently in the West Midlands Cardiology rotation aiming to pursue interventional cardiology as a sub-specialty interest. His other interests include public-speaking and music
Dr Eddie McKeown
Dr. McKeown is a Respiratory Trainee in the Oxford Deanery. He is currently in a Senior Clinical Fellow post learning the techniques of endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) and thoracoscopy at Royal Preston Hospital. He is training towards a dual CCT in Respiratory Medicine and General Internal Medicine which is due in February 2014. He graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2003 and gained his MRCP in 2007 and has taught on the PasTest PACES courses for some years.
Dr Tina Chrysochou
Dr Constantina (Tina) Chrysochou graduated from the University of Pretoria, South Africa. She is currently a locum consultant in Renal Medicine at Salford Royal Hospital. Hypertension and atheromatous renovascular disease are her areas of specialist interest. She completed her PhD in 2011 entitled 'Prediction of renal functional outcome in atheromatous renovascular disease using magnetic resonance imaging techniques'. She has been a regular PasTest lecturer from 2006 and involved in both direct teaching as well as creating multi-media learning tools.
Dr Heiko Schneider
Dr Schneider graduated from the University of Leipzig, Germany & moved to the UK thereafter. He is a registrar in Cardiology and a Clinical Research Fellow in Adult Congenital Heart Disease at the University of Manchester. He annually examines at the undergraduate OSCEs and has been a PasTest lecturer for three years now. He holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Work Based Medical Education and is an Associate of the Higher Education Academy.
Dr Rupa Ahluwalia
Dr Rupa Ahluwalia has been a lecturer at the PasTest PACES course since 2010. She is a clinical research fellow at the Royal Liverpool & Broadgreen University hospitals NHS trust. She is currently studying potential racial differences in specific mechanisms involved in the aetiology of type 2 diabetes. In particular her main focus is on the incretin system. Her research would contribute towards a MD degree from the University of Liverpool. She also holds a SpR training number in Diabetes & Endocrinology in the Mersey Deanery since 2007.
She has a keen interest in teaching. Besides providing regular workplace based teaching, she is an accredited PBL tutor (University of Manchester & Liverpool) and also examines at the undergraduate OSCEs for the University of Manchester.
Dr Kamal Khan
Dr Kamal Khan is a cardiology registrar in the North West deanery currently based at Wythenshawe Hospital. Dr Khan teaches on the Manchester PACES courses
Dr Heather Green
Dr Heather Green trained as an undergraduate at St Andrews and then at Manchester. She is currently working as a respiratory registrar in the North West Deanery and teaches on the PasTest Manchester PACES course.
Dr Simon Bailey
Dr Simon Bailey has been a Consultant Respiratory/General Physician at Manchester Royal Infirmary since 2008. He has Specialist interests in pleural disease and interventional bronchoscopy and has been a Regular PACES teacher since 2003.
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