We have exempting exams in January, and I was wondering how people spread their time over placement and revision (both knowledge based and OSCE).
I really enjoy clinical placement and feel like I will be ready for the wards when August comes, but I was advised by FY1s and FY2s not to spend all my time on the wards before finals. I agree because although doing TTOs and cannulas is great for real life, no one really bothers to teach final year students where I am. Attendance isn't closely monitored either, and most supervisors are happy with us doing what we want.
Other final years and current doctors, what do you think? How did you get a good balance?
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- Thread Starter
- 02-11-2017 14:50
- 02-11-2017 16:57
I'm only a fifth year too but we did our finals at the end of fourth year. Towards the last 4-6 weeks I only went on the wards to examine patients with signs, because that's useful for exams/OSCE. Other than that, yeah I just mainly did bookwork/questions- definitely not long ward rounds and other things that eat up time. The way I see it, focus on exams now, then you have Feb- June (or whenever) to hone practical skills/'real life' FY1 skills.
- 02-11-2017 17:05
I spent almost no time on the wards as a 5th year...
- 03-11-2017 00:20
I did mainly bookwork in final year. It was the right decision for me personally.
- Community Assistant
- 03-11-2017 08:47
Before the exam? Definitely book work. On the wards you learn about doing the job of a junior doctor, but that is often very detached from any actual 'medicine'.