It has been a busy time helping IMG candidates with their exam preparation ahead of the next 2 weeks! As their current training pathway comes to an end (October 2015) I know many are keen to do everything they can to prepare for the long case exams.
As a trainer, I often see the same thing happening with candidates, and as such I thought I would jot down some key points as well as provide you with some written material about how best to approach the exam. I am available for individualised coaching, and booking up ahead of the July and October 2015 RANZCP clinical examinations.
- Being ‘nice’ rather than asking direct questions or drilling down into the information you need. I see this time and time again. Being nice does not equate to missing out on key information, that if known would help the patient in the end. If a patient appears guarded and defensive it is probably a useful clinical sign to notice, rather than taking it personally.
- Focusing on the formulation and running out of time to prepare an action plan. The action plan is marked in a separate domain, formulation isn’t, and many candidates fail as their plan is not well considered or specific as they have left it to the last few minutes to prepare. Remember to weave the demographic details into the action plan to make it specific.
- Pay attention to cues, and ask patients to tell their story so you can observe their narrative and non verbal communication that goes with it. By doing this we are truly dong what good psychiatrists do, synthesising all the information available to us, and allowing the patient to be truly heard.
Here are some other tips, please share!
- Preparing for the RANZCP clinical exam? Top 5 Mistakes Registrars Make when starting to prepare
- About to sit the RANZCP clinical exam? Top 5 Mistakes Registrars Make on the day