Ace my 2nd Pro Examination.

Pro Examination II is a crazy exam. It’s cumulative of 2 years ( Y2-Y3) medical syllabus in one BIG EXAM. One year is normal, but 2 years is seriously painful.Worst,your future is determined by only  few papers in those days. And I never worked as hard as I did for that year. Not for high school. Not even for college.

Read your textbooks. Slides are only meant for summary not understanding.

I’m keen in reading medical textbooks. I can grab the concept better with text, flow and associated illustrations. I’m not like some genius robot, whom you can feed with several points and *puff* digest it down. ( surely not that type). I’ll have my moment,think about it, discuss with my friends and write it down.

The drawback is how slow the process is. It works wonder if only you start reading early.

If not, just skip this part. Go back to lecture slides.

Written works best for me.

I have my own notes. I have notes for everything.

For 2nd & 3rd year, my headings will be the disease itself in particular block.

For example:

Block = Respiration

Respiratory Tuberculosis.

1. Definition ( or pathogenesis)

2. Sign & Symptoms

3.Differential Diagnosis

4.Investigations ( Think of simple thing first – eg blood test)

5. Treatment ( Medicine or Non Medicine)

6. Discussion ( pathophysiology etc)

I think most students are familiar with the outline ( or you will be, soon). There’s a copy of this note that compatible with our syllabus. You can just download,print and memorize it. But I prefer to write it my way. Do not rush in doing notes. Leave some space for future notes. You will be in great surprise knowing how beneficial it will be.

Oh, I also have notes in the names of “etc”. Anything that has not related with disease per se, keep them in separate pages.

However, you should find method suits you best. I know people who didn’t  have notes but still excel in their studies.

“Do not just read books, go to hospital. Clerk patient”

The moment Prof uttered this, he had the rebel monster inside me awaken.

I was giving out my all, what else do you expect me to do?.

My heart broke a little.

But he is right ( he always is). Good doctor isn’t only has her nose under book. The capability to examine the patient thoroughly is a vital aspect not to forget to being able to communicate clearly and precisely.

Furthermore, you can speed up the learning process by clerking the patient & visit the hospital more often. The least you can do is read the patient’s file.

I know, language is a HUGE barrier. Like dinosaur, huge!. But everything requires little effort right?

After all, it’s your decision to do medicine in oversea.

Keep your track

End block assessment is a tool to measure your performance.I did pass most of assessments with average grades. Don’t be disheartened if you do not score well.

But if you fail miserably, something is wrong. Go back and revise the whole block. Seek for help.

Oh, I’m abide with reward-punishment system.

Example, “If I pass my Central Nervous Block ( mind blowing block), I will treat myself with spa”

Well, if you wonder…I passed & get my pedicure done. haha

Study group or alone?

It’s totally up to you. If you prefer study alone you can have high degree of freedom.

Otherwise, study group is rather interactive and effective, provided you guys follow the schedule.

3-4 people in a group is just nice. Having your companies around make study environment more engaged and fun especially when it comes to pharmacology.

The saying goes, ” If you wanna walk fast, walk alone. If you wanna walk far, work together”

But what I love most, when everyone  helps each others  along the way. Oh, my study mates and I scored the internal assessment with great grades. I can’t describe how content I was at that time.

Plan ahead

I originally have 2 study mates and another 4 are transferred students from Egypt. However, they did not stay until the end. So the original team is remained. Nevertheless, we have planned everything one year  before the examination. We have timeline and things to cover. Usually we will be up as early as a7 am almost every day to cover read medical books or practice some questions.

Some days you would see me listening half awoke under my duvet, another day some people were overslept and there have been days, no one was around. We are really not  that diligent but at least we had it covered during weekends!

To E & Al, I owe guys a lot. Thanks for stand by me all this while. Things won’t be the same without your aid.

Organize

This is the utmost import key point to success. Organize yourself and spend your time wisely.

If you must, spend little time on the internet. Do a small task and reward yourself by surfing online afterwards.

What I did last time is wrote down my to-do-list in a standby organizer, and get it slashed when it’s done.

Marvellous! You will gain great self accomplishment.

Side note

Expect bumpy roads. Like out-of-nowhere questions will come out. Out of all organisms, Balantidium Coli appeared on OSCE paper. What?!

Apart from that, we received short notice one week before exam that OSCE style had been changed to fully oral. I panicked for a while. We all did.

“What questions would the examiners ask?” No one knows.

Emotional breakdown? Countless time.

 

In a  nutshell, success is the result of hard work and team work. Medicine is seriously fun course – at least for me.

Every hard work has been paid off the moment our deputy dean announced my name as  a 4th Year Candidate!

I’d made it!

So,Good luck!

I could not believe this, but I can’t wait for my next clinical year.

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