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".
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