"The exam has rules and like any rules they should be used to maximal advantage..."
In the fellowshipexam.com blog a few weeks ago we mentioned the importance of structure in your exam answers. Funnily enough, how you put down your answer is almost as important as what you write down. Part of preparing for the big day is thinking about how and more importantly *why* you write what you write.
One of the things candidates and their families often underestimate is the human aspect of the exam. Today's blog comes direct from resus.com.au (our parent site). Dr Peter Kas, the founder of the fellowshipexam.com course talks about what the fellowship exam meant to him and why we at fellowshipexam.com do what we do. Check it out below...
"...that if you don’t get it [the exam], we’ve maxed out the credit card and will probably lose the house..."
There is a real and appreciable difference between examination emergency medicine and “real life”. Often in the ED senior doctors are handed an ECG and asked to interpret it. This is analogous to the “old” VAQ exam and the “describe and interpret” type questions. The only way to approach the ECG was with a systematic drill, and work through it logically. But, the new exam is different.
Take question 2 from the most recent paper....
To paraphrase Doctor Who, time in exams is less than linear and much more “wibbly-wobbly".
You can’t pass the fellowship exam without practicing. It’s one of the major themes of the old fellowship examination has carried straight into the new exam, and it illustrates why candidates need to be practicing questions from the moment they begin their fellowship journey.
"How you answer is almost as important as what you answer..."
The fellowship faculty
We work as emergency physicians, and teach, blog and write at resus.com.au