Our second interlude exam is below. There are two files for you: the question paper, and the the supplementary information booklet with clinical images, ECGs, pathology etc. To give the exam verisimilitude we have structured it this way to mirror ACEMs statements about the real examination.
A couple of notes about how we intend this item to be used:
There are 10 questions, over 1 hour. This is one third of the real exam, but it is long enough to give you a real taste of what you're in for. The opportunity here is for you to practice and review some of the answering techniques and issues from the Initiation Roadblock.
Download the files, print them out and answer on the paper provided. The roadblock is intended to simulate the real examination as much as possible.
Treat the exam as real. This is a self marked exam. We have done this because it is important you learn to be critical about your own answers. We can guide you by marking, but at the end of the day you need to develop your own insight. Roadblock 1, to be taken after this exam, is our next marked paper, and we hope over that time to see some improvement in technique.
Seriously, treat the exam as real. Stick to time, give yourself the full hour and use the pen you plan to use in the real thing. This is a good chance to find out how you are tracking towards the timing, knowledge and answering standard you will need to achieve to have a good chance of passing the real examination.
When you have finished, take your paper and mark it using the guide on the answer page. Like all tests in our course, agonising about marks of 3 versus 4 (for example) is less important than being able to think critically about your paper.
The questions can be discussed on the course's facebook page. We welcome people posting answers they thought were particularly good or ask about questions they thought were particularly hard.
Arguing with us about scoring x instead of x+1 marks will be as futile as if this were the real exam. The point of this exercise is to simulate the examination and provide you with an honest estimate of how you are tracking in terms of your answer structure, timing, writing and content. Whether you score 4/6 or 5/6 for SAQ 3 (ii) is irrelevant compared to this. Make sure you focus on the true point of the exercise.
Finally, we would remind you that each of the candidates in the fellowshipexam.com course has invested a significant amount of personal time and money to participate. We would ask you please to keep the interlude files confidential. We don't think it's fair on our candidates that people who have not been prepared to commit the same resources as you all have are given free access to the course's intellectual property.