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  1. I am just so appalled by the reports of the reception - unfortunately these were the reasons why I didn't go. I think something needs to be done about this most unprofessional of outfits which charge ridiuclous fees to take an exam and then for the priveledge for passing it! Be it exams, training, receptions...the list goes on. Its not acceptable. What can be done though???
  2. I actually found the psychology information in Core Psychiatry was sufficient particularly for part 1 - with a bit of Hillgard for a bit more explanation - I wouldn't get too excited by it - most of the psychology questions are repeated so look at those that are discussed on this forum
  3. I can't believe they charge for guests - don't the royal college take enough money from us to offer a drink to family! chutzpah!
  4. Hi. Just started Spr Gen Adult job. Was wondering about what to do for special interest as did quite a variable SHO rotation. Did anyone do something may be a little different that was worthwhile or even just enjoyable?
  5. Just a quick query. I've been 'summoned' to jury service. I would quite like to do it as would be interesting and give me good experience especially as I'm thinking about a career in Forensics. But my clinical tutor isn't happy as PCT would have to pay for locum. But Med Staffing have told me noone can stop me doing it as its my right as a citizen. I don't want to really upset people but... what do people think?
  6. Onome, that is good advice and something I also did and I'd add to the advice I've already given
  7. I'm still confused how the SPR years will work. Presently I'm not sure whether I want to do forenisc or general adult but would like the option of getting a consultant post in both - presently that would involve dual training but with the new CCT how would it work????
  8. I've now found my self in the same boat seemingly as many others. Not shortlisted for Yorkshire Gen Adult SpR interviews. Just past part 2 - done both exams first time and about to complete 3 years of SHO. I thought my application was pretty good apart from no publications. I'm awaiting feedback - could be a long wait! I guess they may go for people with more experience and been SHOs longer. Oh well, probably get paid better staying on as SHO for bit longer!
  9. CLINICAL – I didn’t start properly practicing until written result and felt a month was sufficient but if you’re very anxious about the idea of the clinical start earlier with practice! LONG CASE · We’ve all taken lots of histories before – in the exam the difference is you need to do everything in an hour. · Practice taking histories in an hour. · Present at least 2 or 3 to consultants to practice presenting it in 10 mins as 10 mins goes very quickly! · In the exam, spend the first 5mins, writing all the different headings for the history (e.g. presenting complaint, drug history, forensic history etc.) on separate pieces of paper keeping it one sided · Also before you start, at the end of the paper, draw some tables for investigations, aetiology and management with the usual headings of predisposing/precipitating/maintaining or short/long-term – leave it blank and fill the bits in as you hear the history · Remember to ask the patient their diagnosis and remember that there is standard investigations and management for most patients with a particular diagnosis – the Manchester Course/Superego Clinical course provide good notes for investigations and management of the main disorders · Leave 10mins at end to gather your thoughts and think of first sentence · The superego clinical course is good practice for observed interview but its same as an OSCE · In the management bit, good to mention things like CPA, relapse signature if have chance PMPs · Practice as many as you can · Between a few of you get hold of as many books/old questions as you can – although some books have different format, it doesn’t matter as practising as many scenarios as possible is the key. · Go on one of the courses – I recommend either Manchester Course or Superego – it is expensive but it may help you prevent paying another fortune to the Royal College for a re-sit! · Keep as calm as possible – never argue with an examiner but if you can try and back up something you’ve said if examiner isn’t convinced – such as NICE guidelines reference · Try and keep to a structure such as biopsychosocial and short/long-term etc. but be prepared for the examiner to throw you off balance by loading you with a million questions (it happened to me – just try & stay calm and answer what they ask) Right, that’s it for now. Again, this is just what worked for me and may give you some ideas. I just think that I if you ending up spending time revising stuff that’s very unlikely to come up, it’s a terrible waste of time. Good luck!
  10. essay continued... · When in the exam, take a deep breath and then pick the essay you think is easiest to recall some basic information about - then for the first 15mins write you’re essay plan – its amazing how you can find facts somewhere in your brain on something by sticking to the structure · Remember to leave time for conclusion (I rushed it in last 5 minutes- not a good idea) · Don’t get obsessed with references – I did about 3or 4 - just remember the famous ones e.g. Leff, Brown etc. CRITICAL APPRAISAL · Get hold of the “Making sense of Critical Appraisal” book by Olajide Ajetunmobi. It covers all the stats you need to know and written in easy to understand way. Read it thoroughly at least twice. · Also get hold of the new yellow college book (Critical Reviews In Psychiatry by T Brown&G Wilkinson Feb 2005) with past questions & answers – very useful for practising and seeing the type of questions that are asked · In the exam it’s a race against time – be prepared! Only answer questions at first that you can answer quickly and miss those you need to think longer about, leaving those til the end. I missed lots of questions out and still somehow passed. If you’ve been fortunate enough to pass the written then….
  11. I feel it may be beneficial to give my experiences of doing the Part 2 and what I believe worked for me. Maybe others could also contribute. Its not exhaustive and it’s not a fools proof method so I accept no liability if people use at least some of my thoughts and put them into practice. I also don’t want to appear arrogant, as I am aware as much as anyone that there is a lot of luck involved in passing (and I was in shock when my name came up) but I do believe there are certain things one can do to at least give oneself a better chance of getting through this painful procedure. WRITTEN - start around 4 months prior to exam, working slowly up to a crescendo around 3 weeks before. ISQ/EMIs – practice,practice,practice · First of all go to or get hold of the latest Manchester Course notes and learn them! This helps in two ways. Firstly, it helps practice recent past questions with correct answers. Secondly, the notes are excellent, up to date material, that covers a lot of potential ISQs. Particularly the studies mentioned do get referred to in the exam ISQs. · Use this site religiously, practicing as many past questions as possible and sharing ideas with others in the same boat – also use the questions on the site to discuss in your own study groups · Text books are ok for references but no more as not up to date– stick to the Manchester Notes · &nbsp:lol:on’t forget about psychology, especially social psychology (like social power etc.) as this seems to come up recently · &nbsp:lol:on’t use old MCQ books - I don’t think there’s any mileage in practicing questions that are out of date, have different format and just won’t come up – it just panics you for no reason! · Remember there are questions, particular Basic Sciences, which you can’t answer and seem ridiculous- don’t get upset, you have a 50% chance of getting it right! ESSAY · What I say may be a little controversial but I believe it helped me! · First of all, AGAIN learn the all the Manchester Course notes – it will give you all the information to certainly be able to write about something that will come up - it also gives you the main references you can use · Forget the idea of reading past APT/BJP (unless for pleasure)– you will need to read the last 10 years to have a chance of reading an article that a question is based upon · Practice essay plans using a structure you’re happy with – for instance I just used the old biopsychosocial model and it works! The essay plan is the most important bit as it is the essay in shorthand · I think its only worth writing full essays if you’ve never done it before or forgotten how to write one – I had practice at school, med school and on the Leeds MedSci course so knew something about writing the essay Continued on next post
  12. yes, must add my appreciation to Webmaster for giving us all the tools to get through the lottery they call the MRCPsych. Absolute genius!
  13. can't believe I passed! I do honestly really feel for those who didn't get through the lottery but do keep the faith. I will be posting my story of how I passed in the next few days as I feel it is just like a driving test - not necessarily skill but being the actor.
  14. whats the symptoms of acute stress reaction again??? I think its happening... why can't the bxxxxxd's get on with it - they've had a bloody month for xxxx sake!
  15. Well, I had the initial anxiety following the exam lasting about 4 days then i blanked it from my memory and now I'm having the traumatic flashbacks with 1 week to go til judgement day. Am I on my own with this experience????