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I’m a resitter, but don’t shrug me off

  • By: Charlotte Oates
  • Published: 18 April 2012
  • DOI: 10.1136/sbmj.e1722
  • Cite this as: Student BMJ 2012;20:e1722

When I began my final year of medical school, I felt it was important to pause and reflect on my time as a medical student—my lengthy time.

I am starting my seventh year of a traditional five year medical course. I resat two years because I failed end of year, online examinations.

Dark rooms, cliff edges, and horror films hold no fear for me compared with the examination room, which sends me into a cold sweat. When I work through questions, things usually start well but something tricky always comes up. I try to work through it, but become seduced by the multiple choice options. My gut feeling says answer A. Then my eye strays to answer B. I hadn’t thought of B, but it becomes the only answer in my mind. B is selected. B is wrong, and A is right. As the questions go on, I begin to

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