# Cambridge Medicine Students and Applicants

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Can't believe there wasn't a helminth essay......I was going to write such a good helminth essay whith lots of extra stuff stolen from MODA to make me look like I actually do extra reading lol
Argh the cancer question killed me. oops.

Is it just me, or did this year's MCQs seem harder than previous years'?
There were a few weird ones in there! I think I answered too many, I am rubbish at negative marking, it just makes you doubt yourself!
Well if it helps answering questions you're not sure of isn't actually going to do you much harm - they just average out at 0. So there's not really a thing like answering too many - though I answered as many as I thought I sort of knew and just left the ones that I COMPLETELY didn't know alone. (Unfortunately too many of those though!)

But it was hard. =(
If you get one wrong it's minus 1, so if you get 20 wrong you are not minusing 20 from your potential top score but 40 which is a lot! I think you can defo answer too many!
Still time to move on....drug, drugs, drugs.....plus a bit of life in cold blood to serve as CVB revision lol
I had nothing but helminth essays today, but hey, I do a different paper and am a Part 2...

How did you guys find the rest of it?
yeh i found the MCq hardish as well, specially the first half hehe I guessed loads, (i figured if i'm lucky i'll get + points maybe:P)

I'm pissed the parasite q was *******s too urgh, ended up doing the thrombosis one, the BCR/TCR one & cancer one ().

Now for options (which i have done zero work for! but who cares, they're only tripos!!! yay)
No but the thing about T/F negative marking is that if you guess, you have just as much probability of getting it correct as of getting it wrong. So for the questions you guessed, if you get 50% of them right and 50% of them wrong, you simply end up with just 0 instead of any positive or negative marks...

The more I read about cancer (option) the more depressed I get about the cancer essay I wrote today. Yikes. Oh well, now to options...
psyche87
No but the thing about T/F negative marking is that if you guess, you have just as much probability of getting it correct as of getting it wrong. So for the questions you guessed, if you get 50% of them right and 50% of them wrong, you simply end up with just 0 instead of any positive or negative marks...
The more I read about cancer (option) the more depressed I get about the cancer essay I wrote today. Yikes. Oh well, now to options...

In theory..... but knowing my luck it's not worth the risk!
hmmm I wish I was a vet CVB seemed pretty awesome (like snakes n lizards and stuff!), plus they don't have to do all that angela-roberts prefrontal cortex neuro bull****, according to "my vets" they learn about chicks and pecking and lights. urgh, i think it'd be too late to switch mid you.
fairy princess
In theory..... but knowing my luck it's not worth the risk!

lol i tried closing my eyes, praying, then ticking all flase or all true on a few q's earlier:P hopefully the theory holds.
I hate vets. Spending a year learning about veterinary helminth infections, meat inspection and the effect on sheep of treating dogs in New Zealand with anthelmentics is not how I pictured my third year in medical school.
I didn't think it was too bad - not sure how I did on the guessing front though... and by the time I wrote my thrid essay I was kind of spaced out. Not a good sign.
lol, someones not bitter...
dude couldn't you have switched at the beginning of first term? I'm really pissed off bout next year, i've decided that i want to do geography now but it's too late to get in. hopefully i get into pdn so i can have it a bit dos.
It was my minor, and it was called Biology of Parasitism. Silly me thinking it would complement my pathology major options...

I was initially down to da an SPS module as my minor, but chickened out at the start of the year.
psyche87
No but the thing about T/F negative marking is that if you guess, you have just as much probability of getting it correct as of getting it wrong. So for the questions you guessed, if you get 50% of them right and 50% of them wrong, you simply end up with just 0 instead of any positive or negative marks...

The more I read about cancer (option) the more depressed I get about the cancer essay I wrote today. Yikes. Oh well, now to options...

If you're making educated guesses then you have a slightly more than 50% chance IMHO, so it's worth doing as many as you can. One of my friends tried doing + marking papers and found if he answered more of the ones he was a bit unsure about, he got a higher mark. Plus, if you leave out some you are limiting your maximum mark... eg if you only answer 70%, the maximum you can ever get is 70%...

I thought the paper was quite similar to last year's - not that the questions were repeated but more that the first few Immunology ones were a little weird and the viruses/bacteria was OK, as seemed to be the case with 2007. Also, 2 questions on fungi? Not impressed!

I am going to treat options as a bit of fun, otherwise I will get stressed... but am still praying they actually have similar questions to those they have had for the last 3 years (at least in Infectious Diseases).
visesh
I hate vets. Spending a year learning about veterinary helminth infections, meat inspection and the effect on sheep of treating dogs in New Zealand with anthelmentics is not how I pictured my third year in medical school.

Try spending your first two years at vet school learning about human diseases and human drugs.
Should've gone elsewhere...
*Liana*
I am going to treat options as a bit of fun

Yikes! I just found out they count the same amount towards tripos as Repro.....WTF?!?!? (i.e. 17%) quite scary, at least it's not 2nd MB though the vet exam is...i think.
citizen.erased
Yikes! I just found out they count the same amount towards tripos as Repro.....WTF?!?!? (i.e. 17%) quite scary, at least it's not 2nd MB though the vet exam is...i think.

True, but I quite like writing essays, and it's not 2nd MB, hence is fun. (Well as fun as Tripos can be, as far as I'm concerned)

I'm trying to write essay plans at the moment and have kind of stalled as it seems a bit unpredictable (or at least I don't trust the faculty to not suddenly change the exam structure).