Exams booked and 4 months to prepare for the first step in reaching my dream of becoming a specialist. More than enough time but sufficiently short enough to apply some pressure to start studying and successfully pass medical exam. Or so I thought. The demands of work and ensuring that I spent the remainder of my spare time avoiding anything medically related meant that the first 2 months were not very productive.
I spent most of my time attempting to study sections in between work and calls and searching my network for any and all past papers. The second part I was more successful at and managed to get hold of and spend a small fortune photocopying a whole stack of past paper questions. Time seemed to disappear and with 1 month left I focused entirely on past papers. This was a fantastic way to learn what to expect and how to perform well in the actual exam. The most time-consuming part of this however, was having to refer to textbooks to substantiate the answers and gain a clearer understanding of why I was right or wrong.
In the end, it was all worth it just to see my name on the pass list and know that I’m one step closer to my dream. If Passmed had been available at the time, this would have made life 100x easier.