The run up to exams: surviving and scheming
Sabina Dosani has good tips for all medics
- By: Sabina Dosani
Yes, you are going to be a doctor. Feeling doubtful? Read on. As a first year senior house officer, I am not too long in the tooth to have forgotten those nail biting weeks in the run up to the final examinations. “The examiners want to pass you.” Everyone, from last year's finalists to professors of medicine, glibly passes this on. But how do you survive until then?
Extreme swings of mood ranging from enthusiastic euphoria to morbid melancholia are normal during revision. You are not going mad. Countrywide, medical students alternate between having fantasies of passing and nightmares of failure - often occurring in the same hour. Your extremes of mood only become problematic if they prevent, rather than accompany, revision.
Group revision has many advantages: you can share textbooks, notes, examination techniques, meals, tears, and frustration. Someone in the group will be able to illuminate topics that baffle