Hello children! I know I said I would stop posting about MRCP but I feel bad for leaving you so here’s another tip.
Certain challenges in life are so intimidating that we sometimes fear taking the first step. We’re literally in a state of paralysis analysis because (a) we fear failing and (b) we analyse the situation too deeply when all it takes is some form, any form, of action.
A couple of esteemed readers have asked me when to start their revision for MRCP – it just feels like such a marathon.
The truth is that anything worth having in life is a marathon. If you’re used to living your life from paycheck to paycheck then saving your first £1,000 will feel impossible. Once you succeed, you might then set your eyes on your first £100,000 of investments which you’ll use to create a passive income empire.
I’m sure medical school was also tough – when you were a first year medical student you would stare in awe at the doctors who walked along the corridors with clinical confidence. After a few blinks of an eye you’re in that position now. There are many things I can think of easier than overcoming the foundation training programme.
Creating passive income and becoming an established doctor are both very worthwhile pursuits and therefore the process will be a grind, otherwise anyone could do it.
To answer your question and regardless what stage of MRCP you’re at, I would sit the next part tomorrow if I could. If you’re just starting, register immediately for Part 1. If you’ve completed the written exams, apply tonight for the next PACES diet. Please don’t be a victim of analysis paralysis. There isn’t a perfect time to do anything in life so ask yourself the worst case scenario should you fail. The opportunity cost of waiting is too great.
Another thing to bear in mind is that everything in life comes at a price. If you want MRCP after your name and if you want to become a specialist physician, you need to put in the work. All the information you need is already in the books and the question banks – the only thing left is you.
If you enjoyed this article make sure you get your own copy of my MRCP Part 1 & 2 Written Guide. In this guide, I explore the above and other concepts such as time allocation and the most preferable resources for the written exams in much more detail.
Alternatively, if you’ve passed the written exams then How to Pass MRCP PACES in 8 Weeks will take you through your next and final hurdle. The reason an entire new guide has been written about this mammoth clinical exam reflects the different skills and attitude you need when tackling MRCP PACES. Instead of simply relying on reading textbooks, you’ll need to utilise a concept called the PACES Triangle to successfully navigate the examiners’ obstacles.