Thursday, 13 October 2011

There must be a better way

The Fuddled Medic is anxious, she is applying for jobs.

This involves answering question such as "think of a situation that you found yourself in where you were standing upside down on a ward round. How did you manage this situation, what were your priorities? How might you share what you have learnt with your colleagues, who like yourself often find themselves doing this? Now for a poorly written statement thats long winded that you cant really understand with a token bit of jargon in."

Yes MTAS is here.

This depresses the FM, she wants to be spending her evening learning about medicine, practicing examination skills, revising physiology, perhaps even looking up how to manage and deal with stuff that can KILL patients.

But no, its answering poorly written questions. Even spell checker hated it


  1. I can't stand these questions. It does help pick those most likely to be the best juniors doctors but rather those who have the best practice in writing bullshit.

  2. The people who think up these questions are fuckwits.

  3. My ow dear mother spent more time criticising the questions then she did my draft answers

  4. I suppose if you were upside down you’d have a good view of the fluff and crumbs under the beds that may have been lurking there for weeks. But I don't suppose it's a question about infection control. It's more about another kind of control that says "I'm the Smart Arse of this committee, and check the clever question I've come up with."

    If I was marking it, a brief answer something along the lines of:

    "Never be without a Beano!"

    would gain full marks (but it would be risky for you unless the whole class answered in unison.)

    I seem to remember they used an Origami test during the MTAS selection process - nothing changes.