Views And Reviews Soundings

Is this your first time too?

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7138.1174 (Published 11 April 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:1174
  1. Colin Douglas
  1. novelist and author, Edinburgh

    A long time ago I sat the exam. Only once. Perhaps that was a mistake. Passing first time, I now realise, deprived me of much that would have been useful today. My colleagues seem infinitely more relaxed. I am compelled to put that down to their greater experience. Presumably they sat the exam as often as was allowable, got to know its moods and nuances, encountered a whole range of cases and examiners, and emerged not just with the membership of the Royal College of Physicians but with a deep understanding of the process by which it is awarded. Lucky them.

    Of course, it is also possible …

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