Each individual brings their own learning style to studying for MRCP examinations but we suggest a number of practical “tips for success” as follows:
- Studying vast blocks of exam-related material at a time is wearying. Focus on small specific areas, especially those in which you have no or limited experience. Test your own knowledge with multiple questions and concentrate on those subjects which you have found to be most challenging.
- Ask Core Medical Trainee and Specialist Trainee colleagues which books and online question banks they used. Purchase a small number of good exam revision resources and set aside time every week to study them. This is especially helpful for MRCP Part 1 exam preparation.
- Make sure, having encountered a new disease or concept; you can actually recall some salient facts about it the next day, and then the next week!
Make your studying part of your day-to-day job. Does this patient have an unusual disease, or taking an unfamiliar drug, or is he/she experiencing a complication of their condition? Not only will some targeted reading later that day or night (again, digest small chunks, not textbook chapters) consolidate what you’ve seen but will make you a better, safer and more interested doctor.
- Be active in your learning. Consider what complications could develop; are there interactions with the drug you have just prescribed? How will you answer the patient if you are asked about their prognosis? Search out and use scoring systems, calculate the CURB65 and ABCD2 scores, assess the anion gap (smartphones leave most doctors without excuse for doing this) – practising what you have learnt is key to creating a longer term memory for the clinical context.
- Studying for the MRCP examinations does not occur in a vacuum. You will encounter many patients with rare diseases. You will come across patients whose laboratory results or physical examination suggest a serious potentially treatable disease – you may be the first and perhaps only doctor that person has contact with. MRCP PACES examiners are not looking for virtuosic displays of diagnostic brilliance but safe, competent doctors who are ready to proceed to higher specialist training. What you study for MRCP will keep patients safe; on some occasions you will have learnt something that may save a life.
A combination of careful planning and thorough preparation will maximise the chances of success in these expensive postgraduate examinations.
The MRCP examinations should be seen as a feasible medical “triple jump” rather than impossible Olympic hurdles.
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