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Why the BPS Exam is Important

The Basic Pathological Sciences (BPS) examination is designed to ensure that all doctors undertaking the RCPA training program can demonstrate at an early stage of training that they have adequate foundation knowledge to equip them for specific training in their chosen discipline. It is recognised that there is some variation between medical schools in the teaching of basic sciences including pathology. The examination is set at a level that the College would recommend as appropriate for a student graduating from a medical school where basic pathology has been well addressed. This examination is not an entry requirement for the RCPA training program, but final year medical students and prevocational doctors may attempt the examination prior to registering with the College. This helps with preparation for training and enables the Trainee to proceed more rapidly with specific disciplinary training. It also provides an opportunity to demonstrate commitment to a career in pathology.