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Studying for the MRCP—was it worth while?

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 29 May 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:1467
  1. Waltraud Finckh, specialising in internal medicine
  1. Bad Kissingen, Germany

    When in 1996 I decided to do part of my further vocational training in Britain, I also decided to attempt the membership examination of the Royal College of Physicians. I knew it was said to be difficult, but as I was advanced in my training and always had passed examinations easily, I thought of it as a challenge.

    I started studying and soon was annoyed by the multiple choice questions. So many of them were irrelevant to clinical medicine. Does it really matter whether I know all the rare associations of rare diseases? In a preparation course for part 1 I learnt that questions starting “there is a recognised association” almost always are true while questions containing the words “always” or “never” almost always are wrong. This knowledge helped me …

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