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Currently, there is a void in my life.

I guess it’s happened after finished the exam and the overseas holiday.The exam is a  “hit-n-missed”,  I could have do it better! My London visit is fun but just felt lonely, and the trip is all worthwhile  after I went to Belgium and stay with my sis for couple of days.

Plus, just assigned to incharge of CCU/ICU.

I missed my round at ward 1 and the chance of seeing new cases daily. I can only do it during my oncall.

And I missed my oncall.  I have 5 new colleague and suddenly and there’re not much oncall for each of us.

My keyboard was left in PJ for services and I can’t play my favourite tune.

And the waiting is just a torturing process.

It’s make one getting anxious, hungry and worry.

I’m  hoping the weekend is coming soon. I am working this weekend and let’s hope the on-call will keep my mind busy and be less worry!

p.s. Maybe it’s a good idea to visit ward 1 tomorrow and practise my clinical skills.

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MRCP is an examination for doctors who interested in medicine.

MRCP examination is organized by 3 royal college of physicians.  Their website is http://www.mrcpuk.org

Like thousand of junior doctors who had interest in medicine, I decided to foray into MRCP exam.

I made my first attempt in Jan 2009 with the following preparation.

MRCP part 1 questions published by Pastest and using book by Philip Kalra.t

I failed the first attempt.

My second attempt is in May 2009 and it’s end miserable and also a failure.

The reason is the same and inadequate preparation and damn, I so lack of sleep and i;m sleepy during the 2nd half of exam (the exam is 6 hours long with 1 hour rest in between).

My third attempt in 2010 Jan sitting and I managed to pass the MRCP written part 1.

I contributed to 2 reasons:

Have 2 previous exam experience

And I subscribed the online examination website thus doing thousand of sample questions and past-years questions, and I am not sleepy.

Sometime in 2009 October, I decided to subscribed to Pastest which cost me 199 pound.(it’s worth it)

And from there on, I had attempted almost 1000 plus of examination questions.

I also follow all the online lectures series. I would Dr Philip Kalra who is the consultant nephrologist, give an excellent guide in nephrology topic in MRCP.

So, if you interest in MRCP and have the follow questions and I shall attempt to answer.

Q1: what are the fee of examination  A1: 536 pound per sitting

Q2: When can I take the examination?  A2: After finished 1 year of housemanship or foundation 1

Q3: When is the exam?  A3: There are 3 diet per year.  in Jan, May and September.

Q4: I afraid the MRCP questions ares so difficult, can it be so difficult?

A4: It’s difficult because it is exam to test aspiring physician.  HOWEVER, it’s also an exam only.

Getting familiar with the questions and with adequate clinical and additional readings and practice thousands and learning of questions and therefore, one will pass.

Q5: I’m a doctor and I’m very busy.

A5: I found that whenever I trying questions at Pastest, I learning additional knowledge on the subject. In fact, I found it very good and it’s fitted perfectly into our schedule.

You can tried any Pastest questions during a break in library, in oncall room and Pastest had a free iphone app which basically we can learning and while try the questions.

Q6: I plan to sit for next available exam and i don’t have time

A6: Don’t give yourself excuses. Just enrolled into the next sitting and paid with your credit card. Once you had enrolled the examination, you will find time to study and it’s motivated you.

SO, my message is simple, if you are thinking of taking MRCP examination, well, go to http://www.mrcpuk.org , created an account and applied for the next available exam.

And then subscribe pastest or onexamination and do and do lots of questions and hopefully we passed the MRCP.

Info apply for doctors working in MOH Malaysia

For us who aspire to become a physician,  there are 2 way of getting the post-graduate diploma, via master program or MRCP

Master takes 4 years – with specific rotations in various specialties

MRCP – 2 papers and 1 clinical skill examinations;

Both are not as easy as one thought;

Master exam – first year of master is in general medical ward; end of first year- first examination – combination of MCQ and clinical examinations;  it is pretty tough and many fail and required re-seat after 6 months;

MRCP – must know how to study and self-directed learning; also not easy; many MRCPians went  to Singapore  for specialist training.

Both are good way to get the post-grad basic diploma; Period of gazettement for master is 6 months and MRCP is 18 months.

By getting Master or MRCP,  doctor are allowed to call themselves as PAKAR, in reality,  they are just registrar;

Another round of training before one can call himself  PAKAR;

I just checked my MRCP part 1 result and I managed to pass with a score of 613.

I browsed through my exam history:

First attempt = 414

2nd Attempt = 482

3rd attempt = 613

Passing marks for all three exams are 521.

I do make a correct decision by subscribe to Pastest.co.uk last October.

I do a bit of study first and it’s was painfully slow and finally I decided to focus on completing all past-years questions and various tests.

I followed all the audio PowerPoint online lectures.

The online lecture is very good and Pastest had added a new series of video-based lecture.

Yes, the result proved the effectiveness of doing lots and lots of questions.

There are only a few past year questions in this exam. But it doesn’t matter.

I think the learning process do take place and I do learn a lot from attempt the questions and read the following results and it’s answers.

So, I had only one advice for those who are sitting for MRCP, chance of passing MRCP is greatly increased by learning from Pastest or other online examination sites. And forget about the books, the contents are almost the same (unless you prefer to read from books)

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