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Successfully tackling the RACGP written exams – it’s all in the Semantics.

Semantics – relating to meaning in language or logic. In the didactic teaching days of old, written exams required recall and regurgitation of factual information, BUT oh how things have changed, and for the better.  In keeping with socratic methods, the RACGP exams now require contextual interpretation of knowledge.  That’s where semantics come in.   The …

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GP Fellowship Exams – You don’t want to find yourself up the creek without a paddle!

Every Sunday I Stand-Up Paddleboard (SUP) on the beautiful river just down from my house.  Today as I was paddling, I was thinking about similarities between paddleboarding and the GP learning journey. Paddling to the exam requires: Planning – Do I have the right board and paddle?   Is the weather good?   Are there any  unforeseen …

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What’s the (Education) Diagnosis Doc? How Changing your Study Approach can Maximise your Exam Success.

Whether you’re gearing up to run the RACGP written exam races soon, or pacing your study for next year, it’s worth considering your training approach. No-one wants a false-step or start’ (which is a synonym for fail) which I explored in a previous blog. Repeated false starts can result in disqualification so it’s important to …

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How a triangle and a MAP can help you find success in GP Exams.

Triangulation – a method by which a teacher gathers evidence about a learner. Triangles are everywhere in Medical Education.  We have Bloom’s Taxonomy, Maslow’s Heirechy and of course, Miller’s Pyramid. We have assessment triangles, and triangles to approach learning.   The reason why educators like triangles so much is that they help us formulate an …

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Cracking the curriculum – the KEY to RACGP exam success

Doctor’s are very clever human beings – so why do we struggle with assessment, and in particular, why do we feel that it doesn’t measure our clinical practice accurately? The answer lies in Johari’s window which is a framework to understand the ‘self’.  Understanding the RACGP curriculum is the KEY to looking through Johari’s window. …

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