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    Rubab Khalid

    Few Tips & General Advice for MRCOG Part 3


    I am Dr. Rubab Khalid. I passed my MRCOG Part 3 exam in September 2018. I would like to share some tips and general advice for part 3 exam, which I think could be helpful before embarking upon this last part of MRCOG exam.


    (My tips + personal experience of MRCOG Part 2 is available on clicking here )


    Understand the exam:

    The starting point for exam preparation is to understand what is expected from you in this exam and that is β€œ<u>competent ST5 level according to RCOG curriculum</u>”. How to know about this? The answer is very simple. Just visit MRCOG part 3 section on RCOG website & go through all the details given in 14 Modules. Explore and understand all five domains. Its very clearly mentioned what is required in each domain in each module. All domains are important, but <u>patient safety</u> comes at top as this domain is checked in all 14 stations. You need to show that you are an honest, trustworthy & safe doctor.

    This exam tests your knowledge, skills & attitude. Remember its a UK based exam & you need to prepare yourself according to those standards, no matter which level you are working in your practical life. Understanding UK systems is essential.

    The mindset for this exam is very different from Part 2. If you passed Part 2, you have already proved that you have the required theoretical knowledge. All you now need is to demonstrate & show how you apply this knowledge and communicate in your clinical practise.

    Planning the exam:

    Once you pass Part 2, <u>plan well ahead of time with good preparation</u>, keeping in mind your own personal & professional circumstances. Do not attempt the exam just for the sake of experience. This part is a bit different as it has some additional requirements like choosing exam centre, visa hassles, travel, accommodation, financial constraints, work leave related issues & leaving your family for sometime. But the fact is that almost all of us have to face this and just take it as a part of the exam preparation. The reward is worth the efforts πŸ™‚

    Preparing the exam:

    • <u>Decide</u> how are you going to approach the preparation. Are you a techno person who prefers the latest gadgets or paper-based material. In this world of internet its a must that we all be familiar with basic/advanced technical stuff to keep ourselves updated. Specially in this part of exam you can use the technology in a very positive way (practising with your study buddy online or in case you don’t have study buddy you can record your own performance in the voice clip & listen to it later which will help you pick up missed points to improve)
    • <u>Collect</u> the required study material which includes books (hard or soft copy), patient information leaflets, previous exam/courses recalls, videos, guidelines, your notes for part 2 etc.
    • <u>Organise</u> the material in a way that its accessible to you whenever you need it for example in your mobile/tab you can make folders for 14 modules and keep adding materials to it as you come across additional stuff.
    • <u>Study buddy</u>: This is important for this exam as part 3 is all about communication, conversation & speaking. Choose your buddy smartly with whom you have compatibility, who is serious and committed or else it could result in disaster πŸ™‚
    • <u>Time</u>: It might not be possible to give dedicated time keeping in mind our busy lives. Here I would suggest whatever free time you can avail, you should. Once you decide to go for the exam, <u>do something everyday</u> about it no matter how little. This is the <u>secret</u> to crack this exam. Its important to have good command on English. In your free time you can watch BBC, english movies, dramas or documentaries.
    • <u>Notes & Templates</u>: They are not required in detail like part 2, but you should make your own history templates at-least a general one for Obstetrics & one for Gynaecology. Note down few counselling points for different scenarios with simple & appropriate sentences. Its helpful to make a general flash card for each module. Do go through the important points in the guidelines. Patient information leaflets are the best source to learn lay-man terms to avoid medical jargons. Wordings you use in this exam is very important.
    • <u>Practise </u>: Quality of practise is more important than the quantity. Keep practising whenever you can get the chance be it in your hospital, car or home. If no one is available, you can talk in-front of the mirror or record a voice clip in mobile which may help you know about your timing of stations.
    • <u>Guidance</u>: Its a MUST to have someone qualified, sincere and dedicate to guide you the right path for part 3. There are many options available to choose. It could be a colleague, your consultant or an online mentor. This is the most important decision which will effect the outcome of your exam.

    Courses: A BIG QUESTION

    • No course can ever guarantee 100% success.
    • The only standard course is RCOG which is now being conducted outside UK as well. All the information is available on RCOG website.
    • It’s worth taking 1-2 courses for this exam specially for overseas candidates for orientation but choose wisely. Its a good option if you can attend a course in UK before the exam which will help to get familiar and understand the UK systems.
    • There are many online courses available. Here I would suggest to be very careful in selection before spending your hard-earned money. Do consider cost-effectiveness, quality, previous feedbacks and all the pros & cons. Kindly take the responsibility of this decision πŸ™‚ Keep in mind that everyone has different feedback for the same course as its purely a personal experience. You can learn SOMETHING from any course if you are receptive to learn.

    Around the exam time:

    • Time your travel so that you can adapt to the time zone & be able to adjust your body clock before the exam day.
    • Plan each day of your stay well before time, so you don’t have to make last minutes adjustments. Know about the weather, your accommodation, transport means and food.
    • Take adequate rest and sleep well before the exam day.
    • Reach the exam center in time.
    • Keep Calm, Be Confident, Trust yourself.
    • Just <u>follow the basic rules of consultation</u>. It’s just testing how well you converse with the others. Keep it as natural as possible. Listen carefully. Involve the other person. Be prepared for ANY situation and deal with it as you would in your real life. Deal with the role-player holistically and not just the problem πŸ™‚
    • These above tips may seem very basic and have been repeated in almost all the advices, but trust me we have to consider all these basics as a mean of stress relief.
    • After the exam, make sure to enjoy a bit regardless of how the exam went. You deserve it after a backbreaking effort of just to sit for the exam πŸ™‚


    Thanks for sparing your valuable time to read this.

    I wish you all the very best.

    Dr. Rubab Khalid

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