The Countdown to SJT

Katie Dallison gives some advice on the mysterious final year exam.

1st December (or 8th of Jan if you’re one of those lucky people that gets to spend their Christmas studying…) – less than a month away until you sit the test that will make up half of the mark that determines where you end up during your Foundation programme.

How is your preparation going? Having helped students prepare for SJT since it began, here are my top 3 tips to maximise the last few weeks of your prep time:

1. Stop answering question upon question, take a step back and review. The SJT focuses on 5 professional attributes:

  • Commitment to professionalism
  • Coping with pressure
  • Effective communication
  • Patient focus
  • Working effectively as part of a team

Realistically, there are only so many ways that questions on these 5 topics can be asked so start to review the questions you’ve answered and try to identify the patterns that emerge. Can you come up with a set of general rules to help you? For example, generally it’s viewed as a bad idea to discuss colleagues within a group. Generally, asking for help is pretty high up within a ranking question. These sorts of loose rules can help you in the exam to rank at least some of the answers quickly.

2. Discuss answers with friends. SJT questions create great debate and discussion and this is a good way to help you understand why others might rank answers differently to you.

3. Know your Good Medical Practice back to front. And the principles of confidentiality. The GMC have created GMP in action which can help explain aspects of this –

Good luck with the test everyone!

Katie Dallison – Imperial College Medical Careers Advisor

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