Supplementary Summary: Thinking Like the Examiners
There are two parts to this equation
One is the examiner that actually examines you
One are the examiners that set the cases for the examination
The examiners that actually set the examination
Who sets the questions?
University usually involves consultants/ senior registrars to write questions
Then it will go through a committee that puts these questions together
If you really want to do well – you should be using the resources and connections that you have to find out who is involved in writing questions
Once you know who will be involved – you can then look closer at the resources that they have prepared online
For example – for emergency, you could choose to study every single topic. However, there are selected topics covered in video format provided as video lectures it makes sense to cover these as priority
Also attend all the recap sessions – certain disciplines may provide you with a quick revision of topics in form of lecture.
Pick out those important topics and make sure you at least have a framework for the topics that they have covered
The other part of the equation is the examiner that actually examines you
Who are they?
Typically Registrars/ senior registrars / consultants
What are they looking for?
They are working day-to-day in the hospital
They have heaps of junior staff
They have seen how good efficient and SAFE junior staff can greatly help the management of the ward
They have also seen how UNSAFE and DANGEROUS junior staff can have the opposite effect on the ward and even harm patients
And of course they are on the lookout for safe junior staff that will be their colleague soon
And remember, they only have that 8 minutes in the room to get to know you and to decide whether they like you or not.
They have to decide whether they want to work with you in the future in those short minutes