This is a guideline for those who will plan to sit for MRCP part 1 soon.
1.For me , Passmedicine is the best question bank for part 1. Its good to read through once and mark the tough question and revise it 15 days prior to xam.
2. Some people do read onexam. Its not mandatory though.
3. I liked Kalra for basic science and nephrology part. Not the whole of it.
4. When I started one system, I used to keep kumar and clark with me. Whenever i struggled with the basic things of a topic (e.g. Diffuse parenchymal lung disease, Long QT syndrome etc ) , Kumar and clark helped me a lot to have a clear idea.
5. I made notes of few things : cardio, neuro , endocrine, rheumato, infectious. I think questions from these 5 systems are usually quite tricky and confusing. So my advice is alway write down whatever you feel difficult to memorize. Trust me, it helps. I just revised these topics 2 days before the exam. Life easy!!
6. Psychiatry and biostat – these are sleep provoking, least fruitful topics. But beware of 1 thing- psych has 4 questions and biostat has 5 – if anyone scores 0 in 1 particular topic , he/she will finally fail just because of a percentage conversion. So scoring in every block is a must. No matter how terrible these topics are , try to be patient and give enough time.
7. Tips before the exam : if possible, get a 7 day break from job, revise thoroughly. In Mrcpuk.org there are sample questions. So you can give mock test and assess your preparation.
8. Time management in the exam is important. Make sure you do not spend much time in 1st 2 hours. Plan to answer more in 1st 1.5 hours than the 2nd half. Trickier questions come in the second half, consume more time.
9. Any postgraduation exam is nerve wrecking. But at the same time, nothing is end of the world. So be confident, try hard for the best , if not, there is always a second time.
10. MRCP is a very structured exam. It will teach u more than it test. Its better to be thorough while preparing for part 1 as it will help in part 2 and more precisely, to be an amazing medicine doctor.
Last but not the least, my respected seniors and dear friends and juniors,Please add your valuable thoughts and reflections. Everyone has different ways to memorize, so sharing your ways will be helpful to others. Thanks a lot.
Best wishes guys…
DR. AURIN MAHJABIN
ST3 Trainee( East Midlands Deanery)