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  1. Better late than never??
  2. Maybe the crush was a confounding element. The fact might be that tikan managed to have a crush on that examiner because she was relaxed and it was this calm state that helped her pass.
  3. I totally agree with Chris. Passing the exams gives you the right to become a member, but not the obligation.
  4. I feel things have gone quieter in the last few weeks. My guess is that those who got a job will be looking at how to improve their own placement (if it needs improving), whilst those who didn't get any will be either feeling too helpless or too busy looking for an alternative.
  5. I don't think there is a right way and a wrong way for this. If you ask ten different people how they could best help the poor and those in need, they'll give you ten different replies. I think you have to decide what you think is best in your mind, what you're prepared to do and who you want to help. I don't think setting up a charity account through here would help. Of course, this is my personal opinion.
  6. These are SG posts that have been approved for educational purposes (i.e. to be able to sit the exams). I saw them advertised a while ago in the BMJ (before all this MTAS thing).
  7. NHS Professionals?? I guess Trusts nowadays are more likely to go through NHSP before they contact other agencies. Although my guess is that their rates will be lower... Of course, you can contact HR in your Trust (+/- other local trusts?) and let them know your interest in doing locums.
  8. Not quite like that. People will still have to get over two thresholds in order to continue up the salary ladder. Not sure yet how those thresholds will work (hopefully through appraisal, pdp, etc...)
  9. Unfortunately this is a sellers market. There are too many people who won't have a permanent job and will be more than happy to do locums at a reduced rate.
  10. Once they've come this far, they won't go back to the old system. If anything, they're more likely to introduce more changes.
  11. MSE

    If during the exam you don't know what's the exact word to define something, just describe it with your own words. E.g. don't mention 'flight of ideas' if you interview somebody who appears to wander in his/her thoughts because their concentration is poor... (just say that). You may be asked to demonstrate the patient has flight of ideas during the observed interview! Also, keep the structure, but don't mention every single heading. My advice: try to demonstrate the examiners that you know what you're talking about and cover most areas (don't miss any key items). The clinical exam is not about demonstrating that you've learned all the important headings of the MSE. Good luck!
  12. Brilliant idea, Ros!! On a more serious note, don't give up just yet. And don't sit down waiting to see what happens with your possible FTSTA. Hospitals will still need doctors. They're likely to be recruiting beyond August (even if they are not training posts). On the other hand, I wouldn't discourage anybody from working outside medicine, as long as you find something you like and won't be stuck in a job for years on end. And no, this wouldn't be unethical. Not an easy solution.
  13. If you look at what's already happening in other areas (e.g. nursing, psychology...) the idea is to have people who can do the job safely based on a minimum skill base (i.e. what's the minimum amount of knowledge and skills a professional needs in order to do a job safely?). Nowadays nurses prescribe, doctors do therapy, psychologists advise on medication... the professions are becoming more blurred. Professional qualifications don't matter so much these days: it's more about what you know and what your skills are. That's what the whole concept of KSF (Knowledge Skills Framework) is based on. It doesn't apply to doctors, but we'll soon be heading that way... ... oooops, we already are!
  14. Guevara, I would agree with you that increasing awareness is a good thing. I would never say no to learning more about diabetes (or other medical ailments). However, I would not want to take responsibility to initiate prescribing. If one of my patients develops diabetes, I will give them the usual advice of diet etc, but I will wait for them to be seen by the Diabetes team. I have initiated hypoglycaemic drugs or even insulin, but always following advice from the endocrinologist. I think the idea of training on specific aspects of medicine so that we don't have to refer on is the kind of thing HMG is after: minimum skill base. Where do you put the limit? Soon we could all be generalists.
  15. I'd be happy if they were right at least some of the time!!