Many people texted me and asked about my experience in mrcp thus i feel the need to share it here.
First of all let me share my background. Im a mother of 2 children. 6yo and 2yo. And a full timer physician.
Luxury of time is not with me.
I have 4 months of study but i gotta admit that it was only abt 2,5-3mo effectively i studied. the first month was jus about collecting the materials and randomly answered questions in groups.
I have marvelous group of study that ive found in whats app. Which is Helping me ALOT in terms if consistency and self evaluation of study. These are people that push me do more and always be there to clear out any difficult concepts during my study. That is the most important role of having group of study. Especially when u want to evaluate ur self and find out wether you are prepared in the end of the day.
I didnt do much reading for the exam. However i didnt start learning from zero. I flipped around karla and kumar before deciding to appear for the exam. If you have no basic knowledge i recommend to at least extra 2 months bfor following my path. Getting to know more about mrcp materials and their focus of study. The book of choice is philip karla. I know the are many files available for off line questions banks. Well, i subscribed pastest anyway. I need the easy access cos i studied from my mobile phone most of the time. It simply more practical in my situation.
4 months of study in detail
1st step :
Subscribe one of the question banks available. I subscribed pastest. I went thru all their videos lecture. All of them. Also their “ask the experts” section. I paid attention for every detail. Videos are my method of choices in studying compared to books.
Choose a note to revise. Here i chose sudan notes (the only notes for mrcp). However many people prefer khaleed notes. More specifics and contains more detail. I simply chose sudan notes cos its lighter and has less pages to read. Once again, i dont have much time for reading.
Practice ur knowledge with questions ate the every end of ur chapter. Everytime i completed a chapter from the notes it always followed by all questions from the question banks. In pastest the quesition can be accessed and filtered based on their subjects only. Example, after reading cardio i will make sure i complete whole cardio questions in pastest. U can do it together with ur friends if u have study group in whats app! Its more fun! Will make u stay awake and the beauty of doing it together is u’ll have lots of discussions which is very important to understand the basic concepts of each problems. There are some fun mnemonic ur friends will make also !! .
Doing mock at every end of each chapter.
Theres fiture in pastest that can filter questions for mock according ur chapter selection. U can do it with ur friends also. Hence u can compare ur knowledge with ur friends, its good for self evaluation
Repeat the whole circle. This time the time frame is shorter. I spent the first circle like 2months. And 2nd one i spent like 3 weeks. The schedule was made by friends of mine. Dr bilal and dr jannat. All credits go to them.
Passpapers (in pastest).
I did lots of it. By this point u will get estimated score u will be getting. The more u practice the better. All questions in pastest banks are different from those questions in passpapers. So its good. No repeating Q and it really test how ready u are.
I found out my true weakness from this. Made me put more attention into it.
Passmedicine revision. I have eaten and digested pastest. getting bored to be honest. I exchanged my pastest subscription with one of my friend that has passmed. So i did passmed. Its easier doing passmed after so much discussion and questions.
However its important.
Passmed questions lead us to basic concepts that u must know. All Q in pastest somtimes are too complicated and confusing. Drag us far away to the basic needed with too much unnecessary details.
Alhmdllh i did the right thing. January exam had lots of passmed Q. I wuld have regreted if i havent done passmed.
TawakalAllahlah. Pray alot.
I did it. I got score 629. I did some silly mistakes during exam which i shuldnt have done it. Knowing the right answer but changed it anyway. Well that happens sometimes if u are overthinking.
I hope this can help you to go thru mrcp.
All i can say, mrcp is not easy but its doable.
Put your mind into it and be consistent. Stop procrastinating and jus do it.
Wish u the best of luck
Pray for me fo further steps in mrcp.
N.B UPDATE (June/2018)
look guys. many people msg me to ask about the exam and their question banks. its all in their websites :
go check it out. i cant answer your questions one by one. All the information you need is there, I encourage you all to spare 3 min of your time and click it.
also to answer hundred questions of yours about ”how to prepare the exam”
please read my post. thats the whole purpose of writing this post. to tell you how by sharing my experience
I apologize to not be able to entertain all of your questions one by one. Basically you all asking the same thing and its all there.
I’d be more than happy to help you if its something that I havent shared previously.
Please dont ask me about any whatsapp group for part 1, obviously I am no longer in that group. Its been a long time for me since I left that group. I have completed part 1 and part 2 last year (I took part 2 almost immediately after part 1, Its recommended so You wont have to re-study all over again, I scored a 613). I am doing PACES next month (29/07/18)
Wish me the best of luck and keep me in your prayers.
ANOTHER UPDATE (August 2018)
Ive passed PACES today (first attempt)
Compeleted MRCP within 1.5 year
January 2017 - July 2018