How Medical Professionals Can Better Prepare for Practical Examinations

Can you still remember the days when you were just a premedical student in college? It probably seems like a century ago, as medical school has changed your life dramatically. You had to say goodbye to your normal life and 24 hours in a day seem not enough to go absorb volumes of information. It seems virtually impossible to survive, but you did. Now that you’re already a medical professional, your next journey would be the practical examinations. How can you prepare for one?

1. The Right Time to Take the Exam
To answer this question, you have to identify when you’ll be fully ready to take the practical exam. Most medical professionals take the exam one year after graduating from medical school. In general, the earliest time you take the exam, the fresher your knowledge would be. Also, make sure that when choosing the date, location, and time for your practical exam, make sure that it’ll be the time that’s most convenient for you.

2. The Best Way to Study for Your Practical Exam
There are a number of ways on how you can study for practical exams– through independent study, group study, private tutor, commercial course preparation, and/or by reading journals in to broaden your knowledge. Each of these methods has their advantages and disadvantage. Thus, it’s important that you figure out which one is the best for you. Through independent study, you’ll have the flexibility to study at your own pace. Although this has been considered as the most effective way to prepare, there are instances where you’d fall behind, procrastinate, or get distracted if you don’t have a fixed study schedule. On the other hand, through group study, you’ll be studying with a group of medical professional. Through this, you’ll be able to share techniques and viewing concepts among each other. To make sure that you’ll be able to study well, choose study partners whom you’re comfortable with. Not the ones that would easily distract you.

3. Have a Look at the Bigger Picture
Practical examinations are way different from the written ones. Aside from being book wise, you should also learn about other things related in the medical field. Usually, you can gain this kind of knowledge through experience. As you try to prepare yourself for your practical examinations, make sure that you are also prepared– physically, mentally, and emotionally. Look at the bigger picture; what you have learned in medical school, the experiences you had from there. Don’t just focus on the knowledge you got from books.

4. Don’t Compete with Your Peers
In medical school, one of the most common assumptions a lot of people make is that, if they want to be the best, they should be competitive. That means they should strive for better grades. That shouldn’t be your mindset once you become a medical professional and preparing for a practical exam. Your goal should focus on saving lives. Through this, not only will you be able to pass your exam with practical colors, you’d also free yourself from stress brought by competition and be able to focus more on what’s important.