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Re: To break this cycle

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Dear tomselleck

I passed today and this was my 4th attempt at the clinicals. I don't think I'd done better than the 1st, 2nd or 3rd attempt. I've been through the negative thought cycle too... My social life suffered... I wasn't sleeping, etc.

Then with a bit of CBT... Evidence for and against the negative thoughts... I was able to regain my confidence... Being in a stable Staff Grade grade with a supportive team also helped quite a lot... I was then able to feel happy again.

I didn't expect to pass today and was planning to go on a shopping spree and have fun anyway.

Like we tell our patients... There are many things in life that are unfair... and this exam is one of them!

The MRCPsych is bulls**t to be honest... I know people who would struggle to order a cup of coffee in a restaurant and who passed on the 1st attempt.

Don't let the racist, arrogant, and out of touch RCPsych win. You know you're good doctors... People who know your work know that too! You don't need 8 stupid letters after your name to prove it!

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I think the candidates appearing for the clinicals can be divided into 3

20% - will definitely pass come what may

60% - will pass if lucky (by which I mean factors beyond one's control eg patient, examiners, ect.), have worked hard and will eventually pass

20% - not well prepared enough to pass

Secondly, CONFIDENCE is a must..if you don't have it, just ACT

Its easier said than done though, I agree..

Finally, some say if you are hell bent on passing there is a 98% chance you will eventually.

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Dear Hani,

Congratulation and thanks for your nice feeling. I am realy glad by this news that you passed after few attempts. You might be able to give us more advise.

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My concerns about this exam extend more than this

1. The chief examiner never gives an explanation for marks awarded or comments made, in fact, if they wrote on your feedback that you sweared at the patient and you didnt, you still wouldnt stand a chance.

2. The barrier of having to resit the written examination if the clinical doesnt work out for you. This is a clever ploy and in itself entirely unfair, rigid, 'bureaucratic red tape' thought up by some individual out of the ark and then never re-addressed

it serves 3 purposes:

1. It gives the exam a bit of credibility in the sense that it makes it difficult.

2. it creates revenue for the college

3 it staggers higher training numbers and applications

interestingly, todays results 66% passed the written and of these 66% passed the clinical examination.

this leaves a doubt as to that is happening after the exam is taken

1. the marks and comments are recorded in pencil

2.  the 66% pass rate has to be fixed. Therefore scores have to be manipulated.. is it possible to pass in your centre and fail in belgrave square?

3.I dont think they are racist, I am white British and failed the clinical x 2. I failed on silly stuff that wasnt really important, but I still failed.

I rem 3 years ago a centre in the north of england only failed one candidate in the 3 days of testing yet the pass rate was 44% how can this be?

Folk should write en mass to the college querying what is happening and why do we have to do the written examination again. Bringing attention to the matter might help.

One thing is for sure, choosing psychiatry as a career as it downfalls. Slower training and not getting on to specialist training as fast as one would like is the debt you pay to psychiatry. Or bring the matter up with the minister for health.. 500 vacant consultant posts and the college at this carry on?

food for thought?

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Thanks Hani and dutchi. I am goining to remove this pole

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