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Preparing for preclinical exams 

Preparing for preclinical exams
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Preparing for preclinical exams
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10.1093/med/9780199681907.003.0004
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date: 22 August 2019

Chapter 4 aims to prepare the medical student for preclinical exams. The types of assessments are outlined, including formative and summative assessments, and categories of assessment (MCQs, EMQs, SAQs, anatomy spotters, essays, OSCEs, oral presentations, poster presentations, etc.). The chapter provides tips on preparing for preclinical exams, including example questions which illustrate how the disciplines may be assessed. Key resources for preparing for preclinical exams are listed, including past papers, senior medical students, courses, and apps. It is not uncommon to be disappointed with exam results, and this chapter provides perspective to such events, and strategies to tackle them. Exam results may be used in a variety of ways: such as assessing suitability for intercalation, classification of medical degree, and ranking for foundation applications. Tips for exam success are offered.

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