Introduction

The key to passing finals

Most medical students will pass finals.

Medical finals are the last step in qualifying as a doctor. Their purpose is to confirm that students have reached a minimum standard before they’re unleashed on the public. However, aiming for a higher standard makes you a better doctor and you will be more relaxed going into finals wondering if you’ll get a distinction rather than worrying if you’ll pass. As this is also the last formal exam before the MRCP, you will be judged on your result for the next couple of years. It is thus important in terms of future job prospects to do as well as possible to give yourself the option of choice in your future career.
Aim for honours.

Classify and Simplify

You already know all you need to know to pass finals.
The amount of information you have to assimilate, understand and be able to regurgitate is formidable. To get the most out of your efforts, it pays to have a strategy. This book works in two ways. Firstly, it breaks down the work in a logical fashion. A large task becomes easier to undertake when it is broken down into manageable chunks of work. These have the benefit of giving you satisfaction and encouragement as they are completed. Secondly it simplifies that work by providing a structure that can be adapted to any medical problem. In the end, your workload is smaller and all you need are a few formulas to be able to answer almost any question that is thrown your way.

There is a limit to how much you are expected to know for finals. Understanding this is essential. It is far more valuable to have a solid understanding of the basics of all the subjects you may be tested on than to know a handful of subjects to specialists’ depths. To really do well, you must do well across the board. Unfortunately, it is a known fact that students tend to shy away from the subjects they are weakest at and focus on their strengths. It might feel gratifying when revising, but unfortunately this will not help on the day when you are asked exactly what you avoided!

 

In every case structure is more important than having a list.
If nothing else, it makes lists easier to remember.
More importantly, it demonstrates logical thinking.

 

 

 

 

 

 
     
     
 
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Thinking Medicine
2007