How to ace your oral fellowship exams

WAGPET medical educators have put together some tips to help you achieve exam success this May.

With fellowship exams quickly approaching, WAGPET medical educators have put together some tips to help you achieve exam success this May.

1. Practice, practice, practice

The best way to prepare for your exam? Practice, practice, practice. Form study groups with your fellow GP registrars. By practising common scenarios with your peers, you will grow in confidence in preparation for your exam.

2. Visualisation

Visualise yourself in the general practice clinic. It’s very easy to get stressed in a high pressured environment. Visualisation can help reduce stress, anxiety and organise your thoughts.

3. Preparation time is key

The preparation time at the beginning of the exam is extremely important. Make sure you use your time wisely. Read the case in full and listen carefully to the questions and prompts. Have a think about what the case may be testing and plan accordingly. During this time, try not to write too much on scrap paper. It is often not used during the exam and sometimes is a waste of time.

4. Say no to waffle

Don’t waffle or repeat the case back to the examiner. This could cause you to lose time in the exam and examiners will not award you points for ‘nice-ities’.

5. Take a deep breath

Remain calm and relaxed. Simply focus on the requirements of the exam.

All the best!