TSR Med Students' Society Part VI

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    (Original post by nexttime)
    They put our graduation literally in the middle day of a 4 week break.

    So I didn't attend and actually made use of my final holiday. I don't care about some silly ceremony wearing silly robes. I think the price of the gown was > £100 for us as well even to hire? Felt like a scam.

    I think I was the only one to feel this way though :p:
    Oh I felt like that. But the purpose of graduation was to keep parents happy. I had to go to my Bsc and MBBS ones. Ugh.
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    (Original post by nexttime)
    So I didn't attend and actually made use of my final holiday. I don't care about some silly ceremony wearing silly robes. I think the price of the gown was > £100 for us as well even to hire? Felt like a scam.

    I think I was the only one to feel this way though :p:
    This is me right now. I just don't care for the whole graduation ceremony malarkey and the obsession around it. I'd rather enjoy my free time while I have it.

    Lots of people seem to think I'm mad for skipping the ceremony, but I feel like my time at medical school is made up of more than a ceremony.

    Glad I'm not the only one who thinks this.
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    (Original post by Angury)
    This is me right now. I just don't care for the whole graduation ceremony malarkey and the obsession around it. I'd rather enjoy my free time while I have it.

    Lots of people seem to think I'm mad for skipping the ceremony, but I feel like my time at medical school is made up of more than a ceremony.

    Glad I'm not the only one who thinks this.
    Yeah I also think this about things like birthdays though. If I have an opportunity to take the weekend in Snowdonia which happens to coincide with my gf's birthday I'm inclined to say that we'll just hold a birthday celebration next week its not like we're not always together anyway there's not actual non-symbolic reason to hold it on that day.

    My gf is not impressed by this :p:
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    (Original post by nexttime)
    Yeah I also think this about things like birthdays though. If I have an opportunity to take the weekend in Snowdonia which happens to coincide with my gf's birthday I'm inclined to say that we'll just hold a birthday celebration next week its not like we're not always together anyway there's not actual non-symbolic reason to hold it on that day.

    My gf is not impressed by this :p:
    Apparently it is normal to get upset by this sort of thing.

    My boyfriend felt guilty he had arrange a bday party while I was in Rome. I had no complaints. Drinks are not my thing!*
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    I went to my BSc graduation and it was one of the longest, most boring days of my life.

    No doubt I'll end up going to my MBBS graduation, but it won't be for my own benefit. I'm not sure my mum would forgive me if she was denied the opportunity, haha.*

    That said, if it falls at an awkward time / when I want to be on holiday, I might start buttering her up the year before and remind her how even she was getting bored at my BSc graduation towards the end.
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    (Original post by atomos)
    That's so annoying! Surely they must know the date before that?!

    i'm 4th year and already know my graduation date for 2018 lol
    Yeh - they definitely 100% know the dates. It isn't like a couple of weeks before graduation they're just like "oh hey, guys, shall we start thinking about this graduation shindig?" There's a whole department dedicated to it 365 days a year - surely they are planning things and know a date. It's just staggering.
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    (Original post by Beska)
    Yeh - they definitely 100% know the dates. It isn't like a couple of weeks before graduation they're just like "oh hey, guys, shall we start thinking about this graduation shindig?" There's a whole department dedicated to it 365 days a year - surely they are planning things and know a date. It's just staggering.
    Same, and it's annoying me as well. I will go to the ceremony, but I want to go on holiday beforehand and I'm going to have to book to come back earlier than I want to just in case the ceremony is at the beginning of the ceremony period

    I'm not sure I'll enjoy it though. I didn't take part in our 'year group photo' on induction day because it sounded like the biggest waste of time. Stand in a big crowd of people for ages getted bored and frustrated, to get a photo in which I can barely see myself because there are so many of us, and I will never look at again...

    Does anyone have tips or a good resource for fluid prescribing calculations? I feel so stupid because I see a question and I don't even know where to start or how to work out what calculation I even need to do. I did very badly in the mock PSA calculation section because I couldn't work out how to do any of the questions involving fluids
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    Anybody from up north able to give any advice on deciding between where I should set my sights for F1 in terms Leeds/Sheffield/Newcastle? Both in terms of living there and (if any knowledge) on hospitals etc.? Trying to flee London and want a change of scenery...
    Also if anybody wants insights into London, drop me a message and I can answer questions :-)
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    (Original post by purplefrog)
    Anybody from up north able to give any advice on deciding between where I should set my sights for F1 in terms Leeds/Sheffield/Newcastle? Both in terms of living there and (if any knowledge) on hospitals etc.? Trying to flee London and want a change of scenery...
    Also if anybody wants insights into London, drop me a message and I can answer questions :-)
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    (Original post by purplefrog)
    Anybody from up north able to give any advice on deciding between where I should set my sights for F1 in terms Leeds/Sheffield/Newcastle? Both in terms of living there and (if any knowledge) on hospitals etc.? Trying to flee London and want a change of scenery...
    Also if anybody wants insights into London, drop me a message and I can answer questions :-)
    Can help with Newcastle...
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    Has anyone got any tips on how best to revise for ISCEs (/OSCES), we have 5 stations of 20 minutes long and have to take a history plus perform an examination or clinical skill and I just cant seem to get all the info into my head and end up missing things out.
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    (Original post by Natalierm2707)
    Has anyone got any tips on how best to revise for ISCEs (/OSCES), we have 5 stations of 20 minutes long and have to take a history plus perform an examination or clinical skill and I just cant seem to get all the info into my head and end up missing things out.
    It really is just practice, before 3rd year where diagnosis is key, just practice your history (remember all the obvious stuff, hand washing, name, ICE)

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    Given my GMC number with the statement 'this does not make you a doctor yet' haha... Also final year starts officially tomorrow (terrifying), but also I want to avoid the first week of peoples smug stories about their exotic electives while I worked/did A&E in a DGH

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    (Original post by That Bearded Man)
    It really is just practice, before 3rd year where diagnosis is key, just practice your history (remember all the obvious stuff, hand washing, name, ICE)

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    Thankyou!
    I am beginning to perfect the general history, I just struggle when it becomes more tailored to a system because I miss things out, I am going to give it some good practice over the next few weeks!
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    (Original post by Natalierm2707)
    Thankyou!
    I am beginning to perfect the general history, I just struggle when it becomes more tailored to a system because I miss things out, I am going to give it some good practice over the next few weeks!
    Like the bearded man says, it's all practice. Pre clinical osces are more about being safe (hand washing, consent, checking you have the right person etc) and then following a rough order (history of presenting complaint, pmh, drug history, allergies, family history, social) to cover the main points. Doing that will mean you pass easily. The nitty gritty, fine tuning of key, disease specific points comes with experience and exposure to patients. That will get you the merits and distinctions early on, but isn't really required until you've started clinical years.

    Same with examinations. Being safe and then systematic (working from hands to face to neck etc) will get you the pass, along with having a vague idea about the common stigmata to look for in a systems examination. Being able to rattle of causes for all these signs, or how they link to an overarching disease, will get you the merits/distinctions.
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    (Original post by Natalierm2707)
    Thankyou!
    I am beginning to perfect the general history, I just struggle when it becomes more tailored to a system because I miss things out, I am going to give it some good practice over the next few weeks!
    Oh, and the key to osces is to look like you know what you're doing, even if you don't. Try to sound confident in your answers, even if guessing. Practice on friends so examination technique moves seamlessly from one part to another. If a station goes badly, try and forget about it until you're out of the exam.

    Fake it til you make it.
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    Like the bearded man says, it's all practice. Pre clinical osces are more about being safe (hand washing, consent, checking you have the right person etc) and then following a rough order (history of presenting complaint, pmh, drug history, allergies, family history, social) to cover the main points. Doing that will mean you pass easily. The nitty gritty, fine tuning of key, disease specific points comes with experience and exposure to patients. That will get you the merits and distinctions early on, but isn't really required until you've started clinical years.

    Same with examinations. Being safe and then systematic (working from hands to face to neck etc) will get you the pass, along with having a vague idea about the common stigmata to look for in a systems examination. Being able to rattle of causes for all these signs, or how they link to an overarching disease, will get you the merits/distinctions.
    Thanks you really have reassured me, I opened OHCM today and had a gander at some of the signs and OMG was I overwhelmed...
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    Thanks you really have reassured me, I opened OHCM today and had a gander at some of the signs and OMG was I overwhelmed...
    Get a copy of Mcleods. Best book for getting the basics of examinations

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    Is the unofficial guide to OSCES book any good?
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    (Original post by Zain-A)
    Is the unofficial guide to OSCES book any good?
    Very much so, Radiology in particular for me

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