Frequently Asked Questions

Why is the course being held in Kottakkal?

The course directors, tutors and Aster Group were keen that the course be held at a venue which is not an official PACES Centre and hence the choice of Aster MIMS Kottakkal as the course venue.

How do candidates get to Kottakkal?

Kozhikode (Calicut) is well connected to all other cities by air and train. Kottakkal is 40 kms from Kozhikode and is accessible by taxi and bus. Kozhikode Airport code is CCJ

Where do the candidates stay for the course?

Rooms have been blocked in several hotels in and around Kottakkal. It is the candidate’s responsibility to book the hotel accommodation. The details are given below. Please arrive on Thursday 18 October

Hotels in Kottakkal


    Arya Vaidya Sala Road Junction, Main Road, Kpttakkal, Kerala - 676503
    Phone: 0483 2742174


    National Highway Kottakkal, Edarikode P.O, CHanguvetty, Kottakkal Kerala 676503.
    Phone: 0483 2742459


    AVS Road, Near Kottakkal Arya Vaidyasala, Malappuram, Kottakkal, Kerala - 676503.
    Phone: 09747007001


    Changuvetty, Kottakkal, Kerala 676503 , Kerala - 676503.
    Phone: 0483 274 7433

Is this course run for profit?

No, this course is a non-profit course and is run according to guidelines set by the Royal College of Physicians with an emphasis on high quality teaching and candidate satisfaction.

Is this course endorsed by the Royal College of Physicians (UK)?

The course is run with the knowledge of the Royal College. Endorsement will be sought in the future.

Who are the UK based Faculty?
The UK based Faculty will consist of several very experienced examiners and include:
  • Dr Abraham Chacko, FRCP, Course Director and UK based and international PACES examiner since 2004, and PACES Chairman and host. Dr Chacko is a Consultant Cardiologist based in the UK and examines over 100 candidates per year and is an experienced cardiologist and teacher
  • Dr Peter Newman, FRCP, Consultant Neurologist, Middlesborough Hospital, UK, is a PACES Examiner in UK and international. Dr Newman examines over 300 candidates per year, and has examined in over 10 international centres and has been a Chairman in several international centres. Dr Newman has also examined and chaired in most Indian PACES Centres.
  • Dr Brian Cooper, FRCP, is a recently retired Consultant Physician and Gasterenterologist in Birmingham, UK and has been a PACES examiner since 1996 and examines around 250 candidates per year and has examined in 11 international centres. Dr Cooper, has also held various administrative posts with RCP London and has been a Censor, Council member and Finance Board member for 10 years.
  • Dr Deepak Dwarkanath, is a Consultant Physician and Gasteroenterologist at Stockton-on-Tees and Medical Director since 2016 and a PACES Examiner, Chairman and host examiner for over 15 years. Dr Dwarakanath is also the Vice-President of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh.
Who are the UK based Junior faculty?

1). Dr Tom Charlton, MRCP, Imperial College, London.
2). Dr Liza Chacko, MRCP, Specialist Registrar Cardiology.
Imperial College NHS Trust

  • The UK based junior Faculty are specialty registrars based at Imperial College London and have recently passed the MRCP, and will be in tune with the candidate’s needs and will advise on preparation. They will also act as surrogates for Stations 2, 4 & 5. The role of the registrars were much appreciated by the candidates in the previous course.
Who are the India-based Faculty?

  • Dr Tahsin Neduvanchery, is an interventional cardiologist at Aster MIMS Kottakkal and is the course director and will be coordinating the course at Kottakkal. Dr Neduvancherry is well known in Kerala and India as an enthusiastic teacher and organiser and has run several cardiology based courses in Kerala
  • Dr Arun C.S, FRCP, Professor, Dept of Endocrinology, Amrita Institute of Medical Science
  • Dr Praveen Sreekumar, MD, DM, MRCP, Consultant Cardiologist, Aster Medcity, Kochi
  • Dr R Muthusamy, FRCP, Consultant Cardiologist, SRM Institutes For Medical Science, Chennai

Will there be an opportunity to see many patients?

As most candidates will be physicians with experience, the course will focus on examination technique and presentation skills, rather than examining numerous patients.

Will there be an opportunity to practice in Stations 2, 4 & 5?

Yes. Well prepared surrogates and scenarios similar to the ones you may meet in the actual examination will be used and mimic real examination conditions.

What is the course fee for MRCP PACES PREPARATORY and how is the registration completed?
  • The early bird course fee is Rs 52,000 (fifty two thousand) plus GST until September 15- 2019 From September 16- 2019 the course fee will be Rs 60,000 (sixty thousand) plus GST.
  • Payment should be made using NEFT and paid as per details shown below
    Name of Bank: HDFC Bank
    Bank address: We six Building, Opposite Herbal Garden,
    Kottakkal P.O, Malapuram District, Kerala 676 503
    Recipient: Malabar Institute of Medical Sciences Ltd, Kottakkal

    Account Number: 50200023499080
    IFS Code: HDFC0001594
    Swift Code: HDFCINBB
    MICR Code: 676240102
Will there be a mock examination at the end of course?

Yes, there will be a mock examination with timings and conditions similar to actual examination conditions. Written feedback will be given to all the candidates.

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