Dr. Alan Patrick, MD, FRCPE is a Consultant Physician and Honorary Senior Lecturer in Acute Medicine, Diabetes and Endocrinology at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK. As well as being a busy clinician, he has a major interest in postgraduate education, being Regional Specialty Advisor and Secretary of the UK Specialist Advisory Committee in Diabetes and Endocrinology. He is also the RCPE’s Overseas Facilitator for the Middle-East and the Assistant Registrar of the College, with a key role in the implementation and development of the MRCP examination. He is a PACES examiner and is actively involved in all MRCP PACES related activities locally and in other international centers.