AMC MCQ Exam: Part 2
Ok so how do we prepare for this?
You will need to have these resources to prepare for your exams.
- Murtagh General Practice
- AMC MCQ handbook
- Online question banks
Murtagh General Practice
Regardless if you want to do GP or not, this book is a must.
Remember, you are going to practice in Australia. John Murtagh’s book is an excellent resource of how things are done in Australia. Order this book via Amazon or go to Kamal and buy it. If you are the type that can read on tablet/computer, get the electronic version. There are even some sites that allow you to download free copies (I will not reveal it in this blog – you cari sendiri)
Price: AUD 145 (plus minus)
Disclaimer – I bought my book from Kamal.
I read this book at least twice before attempting to do the questions.
It helped that I was doing KK at the time so I was killing two birds with one stone.
It does not matter if you have been a super senior MO in whatever discipline you are now, in order to pass this test you need to be well rounded. You need to identify your own weak areas and work on it.
Medicine is vast. No one can learn about everything. But when it comes to exams you got to be smart. They are not assessing you as a consultant/specialist. What they want, is a safe doctor who can recognise dangerous situations and call for help. No hero/heroine here.
Now using my experience, I am surgically inclined. I am quite solid in general surgery, ENT and plastics because I have been a MO in those fields. I am weak in the rest of the disciplines. I identified O&G to be my weakest. Adult medicine and paediatrics are big, big topics to cover. This is how I prioritised my revision.
- Population Health
- Mental health
Remember common things are common. Don’t be too focused on rare paediatric conditions. Know they exist, know how it’s inherited and move on.
My second round revision was faster. I took a calculated decision to skip certain topics that I felt I was confident in and doubled down on the ones I was weak in.
I even wrote my own mini notes to help me remember.
Once you’ve finished reading, do practice questions. Don’t go sit for exam straight away. Chances of passing would be low.
AMC MCQ Handbook
Definitely a must.
600 plus questions + answers + explanation
Price AUD 275
There are sample questions on the AMC website. It was free during my time in 2017, not sure about that now.
Again you can get it from AMC website, Kamal or get an electronic version online.
I used the hardcopy, because I like to write my own notes.
My opinion, finish the MCQ book first before purchasing online questions.
You can return to the questions again if it helps you with your confidence.
Each question has its explanation in the answer session. So you are learning as well.
Do not feel bad if you did not score well the first time. You will get better over time.
AMC MCQ Online Questions
I strongly recommend it
Several question banks are out there
I chose www.amcquestionbank.com
They divided the questions according to topic. If you feel like doing some paeds just click on the filter and it will only give you paeds questions.
Like the handbook it will give you an explanation in the end.
It shows the percentage of questions you got right so you can focus on your weakness.
However I would need to advise you that not all the explanations are right. If you feel the explanation is funny, cross reference it with Murtagh. Otherwise it is a reliable tool for self-assessment.
Depending on how far your exams are, you can plan your subscription. i.e one month, three months etc.
I picked the 6 months subscription – AUD 159
Best preparation tools
- John Murtagh General Practice – AUD 145
- AMC Handbook – AUD 275
- AMC question bank (optional but highly recommended) – price depending on length of subscription
- Focus on your weaknesses and prioritise them first
- Become a well rounder in terms of clinical knowledge
- Have a positive mindset
In my next entry I will write about how to prepare for the days leading to the exam itself.